Nintendo: 3DS Might Negatively Impact Kids’ Eye Growth
Video games might not rot your brain, but experts are a little worried 3D could rot your eyes. Okay, rot’s a strong word, and it’s not your actual eyes so much as your brain again.
But that’s why Nintendo is getting ahead of any rotten eye or brain lawsuits now — the company just released a warning on its website ahead of the handheld’s Japanese release in February, according to the Wall Street Journal.
WSJ has pinged the translation of the warning as such:
“For children under the age of six, looking at 3D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the growth of their eyes.”
That might not necessarily be the case — there hasn’t really been any research on the subject of what stereoscopic images like the ones the 3DS and other 3D technologies can actually do to your eyes. But they do have the tendency to make some people feel a little woozy or cause headaches (kind of like first-person viewpoint games and movies), and nobody wants to take any chances.
Nintendo’s not the only company covering its a– on 3D, though. Sony has a similar disclaimer for its 3D technology, which the company is banking on being the next big thing in TV.
Stereoscopic imagery can’t actually damage your brain or your eyeballs, but the trouble, as Ars Technica puts it, is that the brain’s visual system learns by doing. The 3DS and similar technologies basically trick your brain into thinking it’s looking at a 3D image by manipulating what each eye sees — t00 much exposure, some people fear, and the brain’s visual system will start to adapt, uh…funny.
Anyway, there’s no reason to think your eyes will fall out of your head from playing too much 3DS, even if you are six years old. Hopefully parents take note of that part of the story as well, so the 3DS doesn’t rot on shelves. If a proper library of good games means a few kids lose the ability to see, I say that’s a worthy trade*.
Via Ars Technica.
*Dear Internet: That was a joke. We all know the world would be better served if little kids would lose their tongues so they shut up once in a while. They need their eyes to avoid walking into me whenever I go into Target. And no, I’m not too old to be hanging out in the toy section.