Well, the 3D ones at least. As stereoscopic 3D gaming has become a reality on the PlayStation 3 these last few weeks, Sony is covering its back and warning players that such games can be detrimental to their health. Sorry for that rather mischievous and misleading title – I couldn’t resist.
Sony Online’s Terms of Service has now been tweaked to warn users that 3D games can result in “discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea).” The revised document also advises parents that 3D games can be risky where children under the age of six are concerned, due to their ickle, developing eyes. It’s recommended that a doctor is consulted before the chil’n are let loose on WipEout HD.
Odd that Sony has waited so long to add this disclaimer, but here’s the new Terms of Service in full. You’ve been warned, so don’t blame Sony if you vomit your eyes clean out, or whatever this says:
“Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.
“SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.
“The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.”
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[Kokugamer, via Joystiq]