Sony Warns Gamers Its 3D Fare Might Sicken Them

It’s always an adventure when Sony, or most any company for that matter, updates its terms of service. Sony dropped a whopper recently, notifying gamers that 3D games could pose health risks. If your Super Stardust HD wingman is 6 years old or younger, Sony recommends you schedule a visit with the doctor to clear him for 3D gaming.

The dangers extend to older folks, who could suffer eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea. Sony urges those who partake in 3D games should take frequent breaks to avoid such maladies.

From the terms of service:

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.

Unfortunately a consultation with Dr. Mario does not count toward your child’s 3D gaming clearance, as Dr. Mario is not only an unlicensed physician but sole intellectual property of Sony’s enemy Nintendo. So he would deny your request anyway.

Terms of Service [PlayStation via Joystiq]