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Nintendo Puts a Bedtime On Wii U Content In Europe

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the wait-until-you're-older dept.

Censorship 190

kc67 writes "Nintendo of Europe is blocking Wii U content in the region that is rated PEGI 18+ between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 p.m., according to a Eurogamer report. Under these stipulations, the four-hour window of 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. is the only time users can purchase games like ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III or even view trailers for such games. The story originated from a NeoGAF forum user, which reportedly received an email from Nintendo saying the following: 'Dear customer, we would like to let you know that Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries. We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11 p.m.- 3 a.m. time window.' Eurogamer has since verified the claim. It received a message stating 'You cannot view this content' and 'The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.' Nintendo has yet to comment on the matter."

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BEDTIME FOR BONZO !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223423)

Bring back the old time rock and roll !!

Reminds me of an RPG trope... (5, Funny)

mister_playboy (1474163) | about 2 years ago | (#42223429)

RPGs with time passage often have stores that sell special goods at a specific ingame time... the "0200 special".

Nintendo seems to have liked that idea enough to implement it in the real world. :)

Re:Reminds me of an RPG trope... (5, Funny)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | about 2 years ago | (#42223541)

And the elf village's lone Item store languished in the ensuing economic downturn. The nearby hall of the dwarves, however, was a picture of success and wealth. Their bold "all hours shopping" policy meant I could buy potions whether I was stumbling in from a late night dungeon raid or looking for something to help with my morning monster-ridden constitutional.

Does not make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223439)

Kids don't purchase games themselves at any time.

Re:Does not make sense (2)

PlusFiveTroll (754249) | about 2 years ago | (#42223621)

Kids don't purchase games themselves at any time.

When I was growing up I met plenty of heathen children that had no problem jacking cash or credit card from their parents. Of course these are the same kids who would stay up as late as they want anyway.

Your point still stands, this does not make any sense.

Re:Does not make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224335)

When I was a kid, I'd save up my allowance for a couple of weeks just to buy a new game or months just to buy a new console. By the time I was sixteen I had a good job and started buying lots of games and PC hardware.

Some kids might not buy their own stuff, but certainly not all.

WHY? (1)

White Flame (1074973) | about 2 years ago | (#42223441)

I just have to ask why Nintendo does anything like this. Opt-in for mature^W adolescent content, have that as an option when you first configure the device, just do something that makes this an option if you believe it's to be segregated per audience.

There's no reason to believe that all households with a WiiU have members that should not be exposed to their catalog, and there's no reason to believe that households with such members will have them unavailable during those hours.

Re:WHY? (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 2 years ago | (#42223779)

I can think of two explainations. It's possible they have a genuine 'for the children!' moral crusader in management, who believes it is the duty of the company to do all it can to keep children from playing games with violent or sexual content. Alternatively, this might be just a stunt intended to boost the company image as the most 'family friendly' console and thus boost sales with the substantial demographic of over-worried parents.

Re:WHY? (0)

Vlado (817879) | about 2 years ago | (#42224327)

I would assume that the content thus affected costs the consumer only 1/6th of the price, since it can be accessed only 1/6th of the time as compared to everything else on the console.

What? No? Seriously?

Re:WHY? (2)

ultranova (717540) | about 2 years ago | (#42223907)

I just have to ask why Nintendo does anything like this.

To make it more likely that you're tired or drunk and thus easier prey when visiting their store? Or it could be image reason - "it's not our fault you let your children stay up at night". Or maybe someone there wants the online shop to fail for reasons of office politics.

No matter what the reason, what this tells me is that WiiU should be avoided until things stabilize.

Re:WHY? (3, Insightful)

Xest (935314) | about 2 years ago | (#42224007)

Yeah, I was somewhat tempted to buy a WiiU, I don't know why, impulse purchase thing I guess, but this has really closed the doors for me on the idea.

I only really like adult games, with a few exceptions like Mario, Zelda and Pikmin, childish games that plagued the Wii never really did it for me, I like something with a nice gritty story line or just generally a bit more adult in nature.

But seeing as I get up for work at 6:30am each morning, and so tend to go to bed about 10:30pm nowadays (gone are the late night gamer days - growing up sucks!) and don't tend to deviate much from that on weekends it basically means I'd either have to stay up and be tired when driving to work, or forego exactly the type of content that I would play.

So it's lost them at least one sale here, and I suspect many more.

Re:WHY? (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 2 years ago | (#42224311)

Yeah, because the half hour difference between 10:30pm and 11pm would just ruin you.

Of course, you could always try getting up earlier in the morning, and catch the store before it closes.

Re:WHY? (1)

Vlado (817879) | about 2 years ago | (#42224351)

He wouldn't go to bed at 11pm. He would go to bed 12am or 1am, or later. And that might ruin him, yes. Depending on how much sleep his particular organism needs and how intense his workplace environment is.

And in any case, if adult content was purchased then adult content can be consumed whenever the purchaser wants it to. Or the purchaser can decide on another platform that will allow them consumption at their leisure and will not impose its standards on them.

Re:WHY? (0)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 2 years ago | (#42224415)

Certainly the latter seems like the best idea - if you don't like the platform, don't buy it. If you're in bed by dinnertime because you're up at 6:30am, you may have some sleeping problems, though.

Re:WHY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224719)

10:30pm is hardly dinnertime for a normal person. The science does show that most people need 8 hours sleep a night, and there are also studies that show regularly varying your sleeping pattern is bad for your health. You can't fault someone for looking after their health, I wouldn't fault someone for not looking after their health either in most cases, but I'm not going to suggest someone do something unhealthy if they don't want to. If you think cutting short the amount of sleep you get just to play games is reasonable, it may be that it is you that has sleep problems.

Re:WHY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224355)

You are seriously institutionalized aren't you? From seeing any critique of your government as an attack, to thinking it's okay for a company to make you change your sleep schedule in order to purchase their products. The rest of us don't bend over so easily for authority.

Note: Mods, go ahead and mark this troll, but it needed to be said. Pushing the view to always bow to authority is dangerous.

Re:WHY? (1)

Xest (935314) | about 2 years ago | (#42224459)

Yeah, it would actually. I'm really tired if I get my 8 hours, so 10:30pm to 6:30am is the absolute minimum for me if I want to be awake enough for the next day (which is kind of important when you're a) driving, and b) working on complex maths and programming problems for a living).

Being tired for a console just isn't worth it, especially when the competitors don't have such absurd artificial restrictions.

Re:WHY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224539)

Yeah, because the half hour difference between 10:30pm and 11pm would just ruin you.

Of course, you could always try getting up earlier in the morning, and catch the store before it closes.

So you think he should just stay up long enough to see the game being enabled and then don't play? How often do you wait for a store to be opened just to go home? Need more analogies?

Banned in Britain (1)

Z34107 (925136) | about 2 years ago | (#42223443)

Nintendo to Europe: Go to bed.

Re:Banned in Britain (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#42224765)

Europe to Nintendo: Go fuck yourself, I'm not in the mood to let you take me to bed.

(Not quite) FIRST POST!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223449)

It would have been, but I had to wait for my four-hour window due to the sleazy nature of this post.

So if you are 18+ and work a night shift, (5, Insightful)

kramerd (1227006) | about 2 years ago | (#42223453)

too bad...

Re:So if you are 18+ and work a night shift, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223455)

On the other hand, if you are 18- you don't have a credit card.

Re:So if you are 18+ and work a night shift, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223559)

You'd be surprised.

Re:So if you are 18+ and work a night shift, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223593)

you work seven nights a week, every single week.... GET A DIFFERENT JOB.

Re:So if you are 18+ and work a night shift, (1)

kjell79 (215108) | about 2 years ago | (#42224275)

Only if they're working the night shift 7 days a week without a day off ... In Europe of all places where many countries prove many more weeks of vacation than in the US? I think most can cope.

Really? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223459)

Anyone else more surprised that AC3 was ported to Wii than by the actual story?

Long live DRM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223477)

DRM, the right of the content provider to decree what you can do with it, and when and where, protected by laws instituted under thunderpus applause to protect the industry, has again shown its true face.

Now its just buying... once this is seen as normal, the next step is playing... checked by a digitally signed timestamp from a trusted ntpx server.

There is only one answer - make DRM of any kind illegal under consumer protectiom laws.

Re:Long live DRM! (2)

Firehed (942385) | about 2 years ago | (#42223517)

This isn't DRM, this is just having really weird store hours.

Re:Long live DRM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223563)

Step two will be enforcing times when you can view/play the content. Daddy buys it at 1:00 am, kiddie plays it at 4:00 pm. That part will be enforcable only with DRM.

ALWAYS look for the motive behind things...

Re:Long live DRM! (2)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42223733)

That's not DRM, that's Parental Controls. Which is the whole fucking POINT. This is a non-issue, a decent implementation of parental controls deals with all of this already, absolutely no reason to restrict things for everyone.

Re:Long live DRM! (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 2 years ago | (#42223561)

I don't see how DRM comes into play here. You can certainly instruct your web server to show/not show certain information based on current time without employing any sort of DRM.

Next you'll claim that Slashdot only allowing to discuss a story for limited time and then archiving the discussion is DRM, too.

Editors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223481)

between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 p.m

So, most of the daytime?

Re:Editors... (1)

Wingman 5 (551897) | about 2 years ago | (#42223617)

Yes, that's the point! During the daytime you can not download games rated PEGI 18+

Re:Editors... (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#42224245)

between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 p.m

So, most of the daytime?

Yes, most of the daytime the purchases are blocked. The summary also mentions the inverse (11 pm to 3 am) being the time when purchases are allowed. Thus, no editorial mistake regarding the times in the summary.

Re:Editors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224553)

Unless you live around the arctic circle, it's ALL of the daytime.

A lack of credit card... (3, Insightful)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 2 years ago | (#42223487)

...tends to handle this issue on its own. At least as far as purchases go.

As for the rest, just do what every single other recent console has done and put password-protected access restrictions in the system. Not only does it give more granular control to the customer, it also ensures that Nintendo's rules aren't enforced on people who don't want them, while also ensuring that night shift workers won't be left without a way to purchase content.

Their solution has got to be one of the worst choices out of the options that were available.

Re:A lack of credit card... (2)

Splab (574204) | about 2 years ago | (#42223595)

Lack of creditcard is no good. It's quite common for adults to be using Maestro or Electron cards in Europe.

But to be honest, preventing people to buy a product is just stupid. It's not going to prevent young ones from playing the games - if the parents aren't smart enough to restrict gameplay, restricting buying time doesn't help.

Re:A lack of credit card... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 2 years ago | (#42223605)

...tends to handle this issue on its own. At least as far as purchases go.

At least in Germany, prepaid credit cards are available for minors. Indeed, the lowest age offering I've found with a short web search is starting at 7 years.

I'm not sure that the payment receiver can distinguish such credit cards from regular ones.

Re:A lack of credit card... (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42223741)

And honestly, if someone under 18 is capable enough and has enough money to get a credit card, their own game console, and Internet access that doesn't depend on their parents, I say they are mature enough to download a "mature" video game.

Re:A lack of credit card... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223773)

It's the nutjobs we need to blocking up. And I'm talking about all those parents who attend church. The crusades were against the wrong people. They should have taken out the followers and all those of whome were following other religions while they were at it.

Wiiiiiii (2)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#42223489)

This is the sound that my Wii U makes, when i throw it out from my flat....

Re:Wiiiiiii (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about 2 years ago | (#42224203)

Is it attached to a small piglet that used to do commercials for Geico?

Parental Controls (4, Insightful)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 2 years ago | (#42223505)

Shouldn't a feature like this be tied to parental controls rather than an all or nothing approach?

Re:Parental Controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223673)

Shouldn't it be nonexistent?

Re:Parental Controls (2)

SpazmodeusG (1334705) | about 2 years ago | (#42223745)

Parental controls are a good thing if they're optional.

Re:Parental Controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223715)

Not a problem. HBO many years ago would show R rated movies only at night. Don't complain about censorship this is the right thing to do.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223759)

In a world without night shifts maybe. The world is far too complex for such an oversimplified approach.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42223761)

This isn't about playing a game between those hours (which would be insane). It's about buying a game during those hours. If you give a kid access to buying games and let them play them they can just as soon do it at 11pm.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

Loosifur (954968) | about 2 years ago | (#42224431)

Yeah, and they stopped, because it's a stupid idea.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42223747)

Yes, absolutely! Parental controls already exist on other consoles like Xbox 360 to handle exactly this sort of thing. And any minor who can bypass those controls can easily STAY UP UNTIL 11PM, making this just a bunch of completely useless pandering towards the "family values" crowd...

Re:Parental Controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223753)

Parental control is an oxymoron.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | about 2 years ago | (#42223947)

You're right. My dad keeps escaping from the old persons' home I left him at. They clearly need longer-range tasers to keep him under control.

Re:Parental Controls (1)

CodeheadUK (2717911) | about 2 years ago | (#42223899)

Yep. On by default, but able to be deactivated by a PIN seems a more sane method for those users who don't have kids and don't need nannying.

FUD title is FUD (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223513)

This is only for the eShop. After you have the game, then it doesn't matter. Sure, it's annoying, but it's only something you have to deal with when you want to buy a game. I don't think it's very outrage worthy, which is how some people are reacting, but whatever.

Here's a less FUDy article [joystiq.com]

I still think it's silly, especially it ending at 3am (or is that when kids wake up in Europe...?), but it's not like it's forcing you to only play your games in a specific 4 hour period.

Re:FUD title is FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223631)

I still think it's silly, especially it ending at 3am (or is that when kids wake up in Europe...?), but it's not like it's forcing you to only play your games in a specific 4 hour period.

... yet.

People have to get used to yesterday's outrages before today's seem like just a little insignificant thing.

Haha.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223601)

Fuck you, Nintendo.

jerk hours (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about 2 years ago | (#42223619)

But between those hours I jerk off! And there's no way I'm putting down my wee to play with my wii.

Doesn't make sense (1)

SilenceBE (1439827) | about 2 years ago | (#42223639)

On the internet I have seen members of the nintendo defence force but the blame on governments, but the reality is that a Microsoft or Sony also operates in the same markets and they don't have such a moronic way of dealing with this.

Why they just do 't check the age based on the birthday, a checkbox or whatever... You know how like xbox live, psn or even steam handles it.

Nintendo and technology... It is like announcing cloud saves and tying an account to a single machine... Oh wait. Really when nintendo is in involved it really doesn't surprises me one bit.

Re:Doesn't make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223705)

Who cares how Microsoft, or Sony, or even Nintendo handle it? It is exactly the fault of the governments involved.

Here is a radical idea: Parents who object to the content can buy (or not) the console that gives them the most control over the content. Problem solved.

Oh, they'll cry, but little Billy down the street has one and my son Tommy visits (followed by non sequitur which allows them to control other people). If you care *that much* don't let Tommy visit. Obviously it's more important Tommy not see any fictional violence than that he be a properly socialized human being. Hey, at least this way they can blame it on the games.

Re:Doesn't make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224067)

>

Here is a radical idea: Parents who object to the content can buy (or not) the console that gives them the most control over the content. Problem solved.

which will not be the Wii U, as it does not give parents any "control". The "control" lies fully with Nintendo and their arbitrary opening hours.

Re:Doesn't make sense (1)

DrXym (126579) | about 2 years ago | (#42224225)

Can't speak for the 360, but the PS3 allows you to set a parental level and it is enforced on PSN and PS Home. It works pretty well except for one glaring and inexplicable "feature". If you set the level 8 (for example) it blocks out the names of games over that level and you have more than 1 game it is impossible to tell which is which. So are you launching God of War 3 or Red Dead Redemption? Short of disabling controls or memorizing the install size, you have no way of knowing until its too late.

Indeed (0)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 2 years ago | (#42224241)

It is the GBA without back lighting, the GBA game saves that consisted of writing down a long string, the inability to turn music off in many Nintendo games.

It not just being behind on tech it seems there efforts are just plain lazy. A 4 hour window? It reminds me of when I was working on a ISP portal in the last century were they wanted porn because it was the only thing that actually sold but only during late night hours. NOBODY bothers with that kind of stuff anymore because it just don't make sense.

For instance, once the game has been bought, it is fully available. The games can still be bought through regular shops and lets face it a Nintendo game is so tame anyway that only the most puritan countries have issues with it (Britain and Germany). The only thing Nintendo is showing with this, is that it is still the console for little kiddies. The lousily managed console for little kiddies.

Three Words (1, Informative)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 2 years ago | (#42223663)

observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries

Three words: least common denominator. They are simply abiding by the most stringent requirements in the European market.

Repeat after me: the EU is not the United States of Europe.

Re:Three Words (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224071)

Three words, and you got one of them wrong. Stay away from my internet until such time (if any) as you get educated, nigger.

Child account ... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223671)

This is a published feature of the child accounts. Either the people reporting this just don't know that and are trying with child accounts, or it's a simple case of the feature being implemented wrong.

Copyright (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223675)

In Europe we get these kind of blocks when it comes to Netflix/Amazon/Youtube/IMDB when we are trying to view content that, american companies belives, is reserved for first class citizens only (themselfs). Europe is beeing treated like a second class citizens. I hate it, but then again we have ways to get around that: The Pirate Bay.

Re:Copyright (0)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42223807)

Seriously? Your nanny state government mandates these companies censor your content to ridiculous viewing hours and you blame the *companies*?

Do you actually live in a democracy or just think you do?

Re:Copyright (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#42224085)

He's actually talking about regional/geographical restrictions, which is another thing entirely.

But don't let that stop you bragging about how free you are, you dumb fat lardass.

Re:Copyright (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224437)

I really wonder about your thoughht procrss. If these viewing hour restriction was government mandated, then why is Nintendo the only company that has it? Did you think, Sony, Microsoft or Valve have their own European governments?

Hoax? (1, Insightful)

gallondr00nk (868673) | about 2 years ago | (#42223695)

Sure Nintendo has a bit of a reputation for being rather nannyish but come on, a 4 hour window for 18 rated games? It sounds completely absurd.

I'm guessing this is either complete bullshit, or there's some parental control enabled by default buried in the options somewhere.

Re:Hoax? (3, Interesting)

Golden_Rider (137548) | about 2 years ago | (#42223783)

Sure Nintendo has a bit of a reputation for being rather nannyish but come on, a 4 hour window for 18 rated games? It sounds completely absurd.

I'm guessing this is either complete bullshit, or there's some parental control enabled by default buried in the options somewhere.

This is only for BUYING that 18+ content, you then can play it at any time of the day you want.

Which does not really make sense either, because surely the big problem is not kids buying 18+ games - kids PLAYING those games is bad. And if Daddy stays up late to buy his 18+ triple-X-rated games, those games will be on the console the next day when his kids want to play, so what is the point of this shopping restriction...

Re:Hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224709)

The problem lies in when they decide that it's more than that- buying is really not too distinct from playing, really- and they're as liable as not to enforce that one if they could as well...just give 'em time.

Re:Hoax? (1)

jopsen (885607) | about 2 years ago | (#42224113)

Also wouldn't arbitrary restrictions like this be enough to sue Nintendo? In Europe I think it's likely that customer protection comes before the EULA. I hope someone sues...

Re:Hoax? (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 2 years ago | (#42224163)

Sue them, for what? Can I sue the store when they aren't open when I want milk or bread? Everything must be open 24 hours, or I'm suing.

Re:Hoax? (1)

Svartalf (2997) | about 2 years ago | (#42224721)

Ah, but the store's open 24-7. This is more analogous to a Wal-Mart not being able to sell beer and wine in a municipality before and after a certain time because of local liquor laws...save that there's no laws involved with what Nintendo's doing there. So, you're not even close to analogous there.

WiiU=Kiddy Console (1)

aepervius (535155) | about 2 years ago | (#42223725)

That's not me stating that but nintendo europe by restricting the adult content for every user beyond 11pm (when presumably kiddy are in bed) to 3am. Meaning in their mind only kids use those console 3am to 11pm. (what happened to have a parental lock?). Thanks Nintendo I now know as an european I don't need to check your offering , because mostly by 11pm either I am going out, or I am asleep at home. And just a wild stab in the dark, but it will be the same for most adult having a job.

Nintendo Is For Pussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223737)

Yup.

Television rules (4, Interesting)

romiz (757548) | about 2 years ago | (#42223781)

In France, there are rules preventing 18+ games from being sown on TV before 22:30. Even channels broadcasting on cable, satellite and dsl networks must respect those rules. That poses a problem to channels like Nolife TV [nolife-tv.com] , specialized in video games, because a lot of games get a PEGI 18 rating - if the player is able to kill a human-looking enemy, and this is done in a somewhat realist context, it's PEGI 18. As a result, they must cram discussion of a lot of games in a small time slot.

The rule was originally designed for movies, by the way, but the French movie rating is much more relaxed than the games rating. For example, the last James Bond movie did not get any restriction at all, it would be PEGI 18 if it were a game. But the movie rating boards in Europe use different standards.

At then end; it looks like Nintendo took the most restrictive of those rules, and applied them to everyone, as if the WiiU was a TV channel. This will hurt them in more liberal markets. It does not help that Nintendo of Europe is headquartered in Germany, which has the most extreme restrictions on video games, and still requires a separate, different, ugly, enormous, unremovable logo on game packaging and game disks. And this is after the PEGI rating board mainly standardized on rules very close to the German ones...

Re:Television rules (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223937)

But France is a communist country like Venezuela.

Trust me on this one... (0)

Qubit (100461) | about 2 years ago | (#42223969)

In France, there are rules preventing 18+ games from being sown on TV before 22:30.

No, no, no -- you're confusing that rule with the one about adult movies -- you know, "no sowing of seed before 22:30". With the 18+ games, they're just concerned about people downloading them. Or as the Internet Buckaneers call it, "reaping what is sown on TV."

(also, what 18+ games are shown on TV? is that like naked soccer or something?)

Re:Trust me on this one... (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about 2 years ago | (#42224701)

Did you actually read the message you're replying to?

Set time zone.... (1)

wherrera (235520) | about 2 years ago | (#42223813)

Need I say more?

Re:Set time zone.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223953)

If you feel the need to say more please do so on your blog.

Re:Set time zone.... (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#42224607)

That's brilliant! The server on the other end couldn't possibly know what time it is!

The world is NOT the US you morons! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223825)

There are places in the world where you won't be charged with "risks to a minor" when said minors got to see a bunch of naked women and men and as such face charges for 30 years in jail (as has happened with a teacher which school PC started showing pr0n stuff due to 2 years (or more) of neglected maintenance. Yet she got to lose her license).

Try using your brains here for a moment, no matter how hard that seems to be....

Do it like the cable company does here: during the times where minors could be accidentally (?) selecting certain adult channels you ask for a pin code. And during the rest of the time span you simply display said channel as is.

Don't treat all your customers like minors, because treating them as such will make them act as such. Guess what? Sony's PS3 doesn't have these stupid restrictions (unless parents add them due to parental control).

And there goes the next bunch of needed customers....

Returned my Wii U because of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42223837)

I'm not really sure why I bought my Wii U, but after I found out about this the hard way I decided to return it for a '360 instead.

Sorry Nintendo. If you don't want to sell me stuff, then I really don't give a shit about your console. It's really bad when people are literally screaming "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY", and Nintendo is saying "No, sorry, we can only do that between the hours of 11PM to 3AM". Fine then, don't- see if I care. Microsoft has been more then happy taking my money at all hours of the day.

Homework Check Content Blocking System Feature (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#42223963)

Bravo, Nintendo! For your next act, I would like to see a method and process for checking if kids have done their homework, before letting them play games. And a connection to the school system database, that lets kids with better grades play games longer. And an active webcam, that only lets kids who cleaned up their rooms play games. Messy room == No games, for you!

Can a Nintendo drive the kids to soccer games, while the parents are off playing golf . . . ?

Re:Homework Check Content Blocking System Feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224037)

Hmph. As a nerdy parent I already do all these things myself. I wouldn't have minded Nintendo saving me the work instead of having to write firewall rules that only I could change.

Sign of the end of civilization (1)

Celarent Darii (1561999) | about 2 years ago | (#42224003)

Ok, maybe not a sign of the end of civilization, but certainly society is not doing well when a game company has to act like a parent. Shouldn't this stuff be the job of the parents, not the game company?

Re:Sign of the end of civilization (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224443)

There's a difference between a game company having to act like a parent and an overzelaous game company choosing to act like a parent.

Potential gamer (1)

grodzix (1235802) | about 2 years ago | (#42224093)

I was considering getting myself a Wii U as it looks quite interesting with games finally on par with PS3 and XBox 360. I also wanted to play some of the excellent games that nintendo makes, but wouldn't be able to get them for PS3. However, if this is really the case, then my consideration for the platform are done and I'm not getting one. I think it may be similar with many other people. Nintendo could finally win back some of the Real gamers, but not when they gonna treat them like some freaks or sick people that can get their fix only when no one is looking. Well done Nintendo for shooting yourself in the foot. So long and thanks for nothing.

Good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224175)

I like nintendo very much
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8th graders are the ones who are up at 2 am (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224187)

I am pretty sure that those who are up and playing games as those times are the 8th graders who have a computer/console in their own room, not their parents (who have to get to work in the morning).

Nintendo gets a sense for reality. But they probably only have one in PR and try to solve some legal protests before they arrive. In german TV, for example, you can only show 16+ graded content later than 22:00 and 18+ content 23:00. I guess that what Nintendo is doing there has something to do with that (but they are only walking the wrong path, they should tie that content to the account).

And no matter what they do: It will not be effective. Either the kids are just staying up late (only to proof "they can") or because they are the ones who set up the account for/of the consonle.

Re:8th graders are the ones who are up at 2 am (1)

sa1lnr (669048) | about 2 years ago | (#42224625)

I'm 58 years old and I was up playing Risen 2 in my room till 3:15am this morning.

And my daughter complains about the noise. Payback's a bitch. :)

subject (1)

Legion303 (97901) | about 2 years ago | (#42224229)

Oops, I'm at work between 11pm and 3am. On the other hand, I'm not in Europe and I don't play on Nintendo consoles, so it balances out nicely.

can you imagine if apple or sony did this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42224235)

but since nintendo has the zelda IP (and has been milking it for 30 years) all the gay ass nintentard fanbois will give them a free pass despite not support indie developers and using conflict minerals from africa in their shitty underpowered crapsole.

Nintendo needed another reason not to buy the WiiU (1)

Loosifur (954968) | about 2 years ago | (#42224463)

I'm an American, so this doesn't affect me outside of the fact that the liberals in our country will think it's a great idea in another three to five years. But, really, it's like Nintendo is trying to chase customers away. There are already parental controls, so by making it needlessly difficult to purchase games that are geared towards adults, Nintendo is just sending the (admittedly true) message that they have no interest whatsoever in adult gamers. Unless you're under 14, really like virtual bowling, or are the kind of adult who describes things as "kawaii", there is nothing for you on the WiiU.

And, speaking as an adult who plays a shit-ton of 18+ games (on PC, thanks very much) 11:00 PM finds me either in bed finishing a book or out at the bar with friends if I'm off the next day. It's been many moons since I didn't have to be up and productive by 8:00 AM, and if I get less than 8 hours of sleep, I'm draggin' ass the next day. Besides which, how many people are going to be lining up for the opportunity to stay up later than they'd like to so they can have the privilege of buying a game from Nintendo?

Limiting hours: kids aren't up at night! (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about 2 years ago | (#42224547)

Rightttt..... like kids could never ever be able to stay up late enough to be able to make the purchase during that window!!! No, kids never stay up late or wake up in the middle of the night or do things that their parents or society would not want them to do... /sarcasm
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Seriously, parental restrictions would make more sense. (Though I can say that I've had to undo the parental restriction setting on the DVR for my parents at least twice in the last six months.) Teens often don't want to get out of bed til noon on a weekend, we can stay up til 3 and wake up at 6 or 7 and have a lousy but okay day the next day (well it's still the same day, but it feels likes the next day after sleeping from 3:30 to 6:30)

I'm going to guess (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 2 years ago | (#42224757)

I'm going to guess nobody at Nintendo said "hey, let's arbitrarily restrict content to certain regions at certain times! That's a GREAT idea!"

Perhaps customers' ire should be directed at their regional and national governments whose laws go overboard in 'protecting the childrenz' (in this case, from staying up too late...)?

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