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how do you break Nintendo DS games without your child knowing? My child is addicted to video games and when we turn off the internet in the house, he just picks up the Nintendo DS. There are reasons why we don't want a confrontation and to just take the Nintendo DS away. Is there a way to cause the game to break down slowly? Thanks for your help.

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No easy way

by JamesRL In reply to kid addicted to Nintendo ...

Put some time limits on it. X hours a day. Grant him an extra hour a week for doing chores or getting good marks, or whatever you chose.

This is not a tecnology issue, it is a parenting issue, and it won't be a tech solution.

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The only thing I can think of

by CharlieSpencer In reply to kid addicted to Nintendo ...

is to rub some water on the battery contacts regularly. They should eventually rust. You might also install batteries that are corroded to the point of leakage; the acid should corrode the contacts. You might also try rubbing water on the contacts where the game modules connect, on both the DS and the games.

You're not solving the problem by degrading the hardware. There's nothing to prevent the kid from buying another one, and then you're back to Square One. Unless there are diagnosed psychological problems, assert your parental authority. You've turned off the Internet; how is this different?

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Substitution

by robo_dev In reply to kid addicted to Nintendo ...

Seriously, sabotage is not the answer. If you cannot control them when they are ten, heaven help you when they hit fifteen.

The correct substitute activity depends on the age. There are TONS of other things to do:

a) get him/her a green screen and a cheap digital camera, and install some movie-making software. Make movies. LOTs of fun can be had with stop-action software, making lego or play-dough stop action, etc.

b) snap-circuits, connectix, or similar building toys.

c) educational software

d) family together time: family game night, one-on-one time, no-electronics-day, home power-off day, indoor camping day, etc.

e) use the video games as currency (see chore-piggy app). Lock up the nintendo stuff and only grant access based on chores done, good grades, good behavior.

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