Although I may not be the most hardcore gamer, I’ve always known that there are a few golden rules that should be observed in order to keep the peace with those who are:
• Never save your game over another person’s data, even if there’s only one saved game slot available • Never mock another gamer’s console of choice, especially if you don’t own that console yourself • Never – and I mean never – pull the power plug when someone else is playing their favorite game
Well, it looks like the creative minds at Digital Innovations have come up with a way to work around that third rule, allowing parents to cut the power to their children’s video game consoles without having to deal with the messy emotional trauma and resentment caused by physically doing it themselves. Enter stage left the bane of young gamers and a blessing to their parents, the GameDr Video Game Trainer.
The basic idea behind the GameDr is pretty straight-forward: it’s a timer that attaches to the console’s power cord. That timer, however, is protected by a built-in combination lock that prevents kids from making any unauthorized changes. After giving warning chimes at the 10-minute and 1-minute marks, the GameDr then kills the power.
So, is it worthwhile investment for parents? It’s hard to say, but it certainly puts an end to the “I lost track of time” argument!