Consumer warning on computer games.

I was reading this entry on MaryMary’s blog, and it got me thinking. I also have “three spectacular young children” (actually, not so young anymore), who in turn have their reason for living being computer games.

Recently, I noticed that there is a new consumer warning that comes on most computer games which

Photosensitive Seizure Warning
A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these “photosensitive epileptic seizures” while watching video games.

This started me thinking. Just who is this warning designed to warn? Consider this, suppose you had an allergy to peanuts, I bet you wouldn’t order anything in a restaurant without asking if it contained peanuts, would you? And if they didn’t know, would you order it anyway? Now suppose you do not have an allergy, would you ask your waiter or waitress if an item had peanuts before ordering any item? (well maybe, if you happened to love peanuts)

Just as in the peanut allergy, if you knew that you were susceptible to this type of seizure, wouldn’t you presume that any given game might give you one? And if you never had such a seizure before, would you take heed of the warning and not play the game? Of course not.

So, the only conclusion we are left with, is that this warning is strictly for the protection of the manufacturer, and is there solely to negate a liability they they probably did not have in the first place. No help to the consumers at all.

If you happen to know the history of these warnings please let me know. I am intrigued.



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