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I’m Blind December 29, 2008

Filed under: DS,Industry,Nintendo,Other Folks,Wii — Gwyddia @ 3:42 pm
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The folks at Joystiq used this image today in their daily commentary about Nintendo printing money. The story isn’t news, but the picture made me want to cry. So I decided to share. “Enjoy”.

My EYES...

My EYES...

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Animal Crossing Racial Slur Causing ESRB Fracas December 6, 2008

Filed under: DS,Games,Nintendo,Other Folks — Gwyddia @ 1:49 pm
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Here’s the back story: a racial epithet made its way into the speech of an Animal Crossing character. The epithet was user-created and only found in fourteen review copies of the game, all of which have been recalled and changed. Now, of course, people are pointing fingers at the ESRB, saying that their ratings system is a failure for letting something like this slip through.

 

Simply put, no. The ESRB warning on any game with online play clearly states that “Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB”. This is because online content can change a game at a moment’s notice, and the ESRB aren’t a psychic Gestapo. Further, this was a bad joke found not in the retail version of the game, but in a very small number of pre-release copies. The issue was discovered and dealt with quickly and efficiently.

 

The ESRB could not have caught this, nor should they have. I, for one, do not want the ESRB or anyone else constantly looking over my online shoulder. Every online content provider has an abuse notification system for cases just like this, and if the swift reprisal here is any indication, that system worked.

 

Finally, remember that the people who saw this “atrocity” were fourteen adults in the media – not impressionable kids. If you really think your precious little snowflake lacks the maturity to handle the vagaries of an online experience, play with them or don’t allow them to play. Only if players and parents take the responsibility for monitoring their own online experience can we have worldwide gaming that is open and available to the community at large.

 

Club Nintendo For The Rest Of Us! October 2, 2008

Filed under: DS,Wii — Gwyddia @ 11:18 pm
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Praise Ceiling Cat!

 

Only 14,000 points!

Only 14,000 points! Really.

Club Nintendo, the long-standing, much-vaunted Japanese Nintendo fan club, is finally coming to the rest of the world.  Fans will be able to earn points through product registration and surveys and will be able to turn these points in for fabulous prizes!  Look for Club Nintendo coming to a country near you this holiday season!

 

Nintendo Finally Admits to New DS Design

Filed under: DS,Hardware,Rumors — Gwyddia @ 9:39 am
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I can't do that, Dave.

I can't do that, Dave.

 

 

As per The Register’s Hardware section (thanks, Araan!), Nintendo has finally set us up the bomb.

 

The Nintendo DSi will launch in Japan on November 1st.  Contrary to popular rumor, the DSi still only has one touchscreen.  It will also sport a 3 Megapixel digital camera, an SD card slot, very slightly larger screens (3.25″ v. 3″), and improved audio.  It will also be a tad slimmer due to the removal of the GBA slot.

 

All in all, this is a nice update, but if you already have a smartphone, probably nothing to write home about. I’ll withhold final judgment until i can hear the “improved audio” for myself.

 

The Nintendo DSi will cost ¥18,900/USD $179 when it is released next month in Japan.  No word yet on when Europe or North America will see it on their shores.