Xbox 360 will reportedly include a
function that will allow parents to lock kids out of certain games based on age restrictions (support for NDAs still
pending)—basically all parents have to do is enter their tykes' ages into the 360, which reads ratings data from game
discs and locks 'em out if and when appropriate. (Restrictions will reportedly be based on local rating systems in each
market, so they will presumably be based on ESRB ratings in the U.S.) We give this about two hours before younger kids
learn how to bribe their older siblings to log them in to games they aren't supposed to play — and about two days
before codes and hacks letting anyone override it starts circulating online. Still, can't blame 'em for trying.
[Via The Inq]