Nintendo has announced that the Revolution will feature controls that allow mommy and daddy to control their kids' access to games. The console market is now all locked down, as both Sony and Microsft previously announced that they'd feature some form of parental lockout control as well.
The Windows gaming platform is going to be locked down soon as well. Beta testers of Windows Vista report that:
The latest incarnation of Windows has introduced a new control panel called Windows Parental Controls. This control panel will allow you to create restrictions on what games your children can play based on the game's ratings, the type of game, or the name of the game.
Can handheld systems be far behind?
It remains to be seen how effective any of this is. Kids have a way of hacking things, sometimes with a little help.