While video games are generally considered a safe pastime, most gamers are familiar with some potential risks that can come with the hobby. Fans learned the dangerous truth about “Cyberpunk 2077” after developers failed to include seizure warnings, putting individuals with epilepsy at risk until the offending sequence was patched. Additionally, almost everyone’s heard a tragic story about a video game sending someone to the hospital for one reason or another.
Those situations tend to be outliers, however, and the experience of purchasing, playing, and generally just having a video game, console, or controller in one’s home should typically be safe. So imagine the surprise that some consumers felt when they looked at a new game and found a tiny label hidden in the fine print of the packaging that read “Warning: Cancer and reproductive harm,” followed by a link ending in a mysterious government URL.