If you need to get your kid's gaming habit under control, help may be coming from an unlikely source: Microsoft.
Available for download in early December, the Microsoft Family Timer is a piece of software designed to restrict Xbox 360 usage on a per-day or per-week basis. A warning will be displayed onscreen nearing the end of each session before the console is automatically shut down after a predetermined time limit.
There's one sticky question, though. Does it also limit sharing among family members? A password may be a solution, but that would be far from ideal. Just imagine the hassle of punching in a password everytime you boot up your 360. Anyway, we are awaiting an official response from Microsoft on the exact mechanics.