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ITPP Readers Defend Nintendo 3DS In Row Against Sun

Most of the feedback we received from our readers regarding the Sun's report of 3DS sickness tend to support the Japanese console manufacturer rather than the UK tabloid publication.

Many point to the fact that playing any form of video games can cause problems, just like flashing images during the news can cause epilepsy. In which case, it is recommended to follow the advices on the box and adjust the 3D depth slider, take regular breaks (every 30 minutes) and play in well lit conditions.

This mechanism allows users to control the amount of 3D effect they want to see on street. Nintendo has even added PIN control which prevents kids from changing the 3D depth slider (or enable autostereoscopic effects) and run any potential risks.

Others underlined the fact that the 3D mode in the 3DS shouldn't be used by children aged six or below; Nintendo published guidelines last year supporting this move citing possible harm to their still developing vision.

One of our readers told us how he played for he played for about eight hours on one day with the 3D slider set to around half without encountering any adverse effect. He did say however that he found himself trying to focus through web pages afterwards as his eyes tried to adjust.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.