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Mother strikes a blow against epilepsy risk of computer games

A campaign by the mother of a ten-year-old boy who suffered an epileptic fit triggered by a computer game has persuaded a leading manufacturer to change how it vets its products.

When Gaye Herford heard her son screaming in his bedroom, she rushed in and found him rigid and twitching uncontrollably. Tests revealed that the fit, diagnosed as photosensitive epilepsy, had been caused by flashing lights on his Nintendo game console.

Mrs Herford won the backing of dozens of MPs who signed an early day motion in the House of Commons calling on manufacturers to screen games for characteristics that could induce fits. She has even persuaded Ubisoft, one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer games, to vet all its products.

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ElementX3578d ago (Edited 3578d ago )

Maybe the stores should place flashing lights around the video game isle so if you are prone to epileptic seizures, you'll know before playing a game.

Idmpc3578d ago

DAMN you're evil... and I'm still laughing XD

games4fun3578d ago

that was an a$$hole thing to say but it made me laugh ill give you an agree and bubble for that post

MyNutsYourChin3578d ago

First the article states it's a computer game. Then it states it's a Nintendo console. Then it finally mentions the game "Rayman Raving Rabbids" for the Nintendo DS!

For crying out loud people, get it right before your publish the article.

Grinchy3578d ago

One of my ex girlfriends had a epilectic fit whilst playing metal gear solid 1 on the ps1. It can be a very scary thing to witness, and to suffer. This can only be a good thing. On a lighter note, when I found out she had photosensitive epilepsy and I couldnt use the ps1 when she was around, I kicked her to the kerb quicker than you could say: snake! snnnaaakkeee!!!!!! sssssssnnnnnnaaaaaakkkkeee!

PS360WII3578d ago

hmm maybe this is why that warning label is found on these games. I've read it have you?

PlayStation3603578d ago

they always have the warning in the manuals.