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pseudopseudo
11-04-2007, 12:52 PM
A post on MaxConsole (http://www.maxconsole.net/?mode=news&newsid=22501)provides a picture from a pamphlet that gives some information about one of the new features to come along in the Xbox 360 fall update: the "Family Timer".

Family Timer, a simple tool that lets you manage how much time your kids spend on their Xbox 360, manage time in daily or weekly periods, and available in December 2007 only though Live.

No way! If my mom gets a hold of this, how'm I supposed to play Guitar Hero III enough to get all of those achievements? :D

ezzkmo
11-04-2007, 01:01 PM
More like the significant other timer. This may save marriages. Or ruin some...

UnderHero5
11-04-2007, 01:02 PM
Ha.
That's a pretty nice feature, actually. Of course I won't use it, but I'd imagine there are plenty who would.

absolut taco
11-04-2007, 01:19 PM
that's a pretty extreme measure in fighting the RRoD!

Deadend
11-04-2007, 01:22 PM
Good step towards starting to promote the 360 as a family system... Now they just need alot more kid games than the Wii.

agentgray
11-04-2007, 01:33 PM
Will probably be the hardest setting to find and how will parents know about it (those of us who are gamer-dads will, but take mom and pop off the street)?

IrishWhiskey
11-04-2007, 01:35 PM
I don't foresee this being an obstacle to kids. Most parents will need their kids help to set this up in the first place.

kaddar
11-04-2007, 01:44 PM
I don't foresee this being an obstacle to kids. Most parents will need their kids help to set this up in the first place.

while I agree that's probably true, I think there are a lot more gamer-parents with each passing generation, and so at least with the parents who bought the 360 partially for themselves, it might be effective to limit their child's usage

Mozain
11-04-2007, 01:46 PM
Does anyone know if this will be linked to say a specific Gamer Profile? Because if it is... I'm going to have one very upset brother when it stops him from playing *insert devilish grin*

Johan
11-04-2007, 01:54 PM
I like this, because I like just about anything that allow for more choices and/or options for parents. At the very least, it puts the onus on parents not to complain about the time their kids spend on the system (which they should already monitor anyways) by providing a clear method of monitoring this time beyond just looking at a watch...which, I'm sure, is tough for some parents to do! Watches have numbers and that would require math, after all!

Good thing.

Edit: I wonder if this will have any additions to BC...

Spigot
11-04-2007, 01:57 PM
Do NOT tell my wife about this!

Please!

Haemorrhage
11-04-2007, 02:01 PM
Do NOT tell my wife about this!

Please!

Man, I was just about to post exactly the same thing.

My wife was just asking me a few weeks ago if the 360 had a feature where she could limit the number of hours a day I play.

Not good, maybe good, I can't decide.

galactic empire
11-04-2007, 02:09 PM
that's a pretty extreme measure in fighting the RRoD!Let it go, man, just let it go.

H1PO
11-04-2007, 02:18 PM
I could see my mum using this. I could also see myself finding a way around it.

J3DI
11-04-2007, 02:23 PM
So I guess this means that we won't get the update until December sometime... Boooooo

oldjadedgamer
11-04-2007, 02:29 PM
Let it go, man, just let it go.

Nah, it's a requirement that for every 360 thread you HAVE to have a RROD comment in the first five posts.

It's part of the SDF pledge.

mkelehan
11-04-2007, 02:32 PM
The Wii's already got one of these, correct? I know the Game Boy Player had one, but of course it was just an accessory, so there was nothing to stop a child from just switching to a GC game after the time ran out.

Deadend
11-04-2007, 03:13 PM
Oh oh! What happens if your playing some shitty game that uses save points? And you run out of time without saving?

carnage11
11-04-2007, 03:25 PM
Do NOT tell my wife about this!

Please!


She got you by the balls huh?

II ZoiD II
11-04-2007, 03:25 PM
Did it happen to mention anything else that will be coming along with this update? I would love to have a larger friends list among other things, and the clan support.

Sandman
11-04-2007, 03:29 PM
How about a ramen timer?

Evil Avnovice
11-04-2007, 03:29 PM
Since I'm neither:

1) Married
2) Have a family of my own

This is pretty useless to me. :p

LilAbner
11-04-2007, 03:57 PM
No way! If my mom gets a hold of this, how'm I supposed to play Guitar Hero III enough to get all of those achievements? :D

Gee, I dunno....move out?

pseudopseudo
11-04-2007, 03:58 PM
Gee, I dunno....move out?

Man, it was a sad day on Evil Avatar when people stopped realizing the ":D" icon meant that whatever was just said was completely in jest. *LOL*

pseudopseudo
11-04-2007, 03:59 PM
How about a ramen timer?

Pick up WTF for PSP. One of the unlockables is a ramen timer. A cute Japanese girl ramen timer, even. She tells you when your ramen's ready. ;)

3NV7
11-04-2007, 05:37 PM
Kotaku reported this a couple of months ago. Regardless - it's a great idea.

Teh Super King
11-04-2007, 05:52 PM
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/2638/darthvadernooo1pw3.jpg

How will I beat Mass Effect!?

Oh well I doubt my parents could figure out how to set this up anyways.:D

Spigot
11-04-2007, 06:01 PM
She got you by the balls huh?If only :)

Shodan2020
11-04-2007, 07:14 PM
No way! If my mom gets a hold of this, how'm I supposed to play Guitar Hero III enough to get all of those achievements? :D


Simple. Move out of your parents' basement, ya bum! :D

NationalKato
11-04-2007, 07:20 PM
This is good.

The gaming industry needs positive press on this front. To combat all the stupid media attention on Manhunt 2 (http://gamepolitics.com/?s=manhunt+2) and other violent gaming news (http://gamepolitics.com/?s=halo+church)that the mainstream outlets love, it's good to see something being done to place the responsibility and onus upon those that truly deserve it: parents.

Sandman
11-04-2007, 07:50 PM
I just know some parent is going to turn this on some kid's console and then when it shuts off the kid will think it's broken and do something stupid.

fitbabits
11-04-2007, 07:56 PM
I just know some parent is going to turn this on some kid's console and then when it shuts off the kid will think it's broken and do something stupid.

...like go outside and play fo' realz, yo! The absolute horror...

mikeohara
11-04-2007, 08:57 PM
This is good.

The gaming industry needs positive press on this front. To combat all the stupid media attention on Manhunt 2 (http://gamepolitics.com/?s=manhunt+2) and other violent gaming news (http://gamepolitics.com/?s=halo+church)that the mainstream outlets love, it's good to see something being done to place the responsibility and onus upon those that truly deserve it: parents.

I agree 100% with this statement, and I'm with Spigot ... please don't let my better half find out about this :D

Devilturnip
11-04-2007, 10:38 PM
Finally, a way to stop my girlfriend from playing Zuma for eight hours solid.

Tel Prydain
11-05-2007, 01:03 AM
That would be kinda cool

Tel Prydain
11-05-2007, 01:13 AM
Edit: I wonder if this will have any additions to BC...
No. The system update and BC update have always been two different things. The BC update won't be out until a month or so AFTER the system update.

I say this same damn thing every time you ask! :D

astranoir
11-05-2007, 06:45 AM
So does this lock you out or give a reminder? If it's a reminder, I might set it for myself so I remember to eat...

ElektroDragon
11-05-2007, 07:18 AM
More like the significant other timer. This may save marriages. Or ruin some...

Anyone who would divorce over video games shouldn't have gotten married in the first place.

TrackZero
11-05-2007, 07:49 AM
Gah. Microsoft, December is not "Fall", get this damn thing out already.

Pitpig
11-05-2007, 07:53 AM
Hell, I need this for myself. With CoD4 out today, this is the only thing that can get me off the 360.

General Ewok
11-05-2007, 11:55 AM
More like the significant other timer. This may save marriages. Or ruin some...

omg...I am so glad that I am not married yet...this is bad, really bad. :eek:

XiaNaphryz
11-05-2007, 03:40 PM
Gah. Microsoft, December is not "Fall", get this damn thing out already.

Technically, doesn't Winter not start until the solstice, so Dec 22? ;)

Harv
11-05-2007, 05:23 PM
I think I will use this on myself so I get to bed on time on weeknights.