One for the weeked: Mario and Sonic go to the naughty olympics

This week on twitter I asked what people wanted to see on the site and a few changes will be implemented.  These include:

  • NLHG going to fortnightly rather than weekly seeing as I’m now at the point where I need to play the games recommended to me for this feature.
  • A ‘this week in gaming history’ feature will be trialled but whether it’s a weekly thing or just monthly we’ll see.
  • The triumphant return of my cracked style articles
  • A news round-up of the weeks events
  • One for the weekend.  What is “One for the weekend?” Well you’re about to find out.

One for the weekend is a comedy news story I’ve read in the week that just baffles me.  The first of such actually was a news story from last week in Georgia, USA

A mother is upset after her 6-year-old boy found a pornographic drawing on the inside of a used video game.Traci Turner said she bought the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Wii game used at a GameStop store in Cumming.

Turner said when her son opened the game, he began yelling after he found sexual images on the inside cover.“They were extremely inappropriate. It was very sexual in nature and I was not prepared to answer the questions of what was going on in the picture,” said Turner.

Turner said she also had to explain the drawing to other parents because her son had several friends over for a playdate who also saw the images.Turner called the GameStop store to let them know what she found inside their merchandise. She said an employee thanked her for calling and hung up.

“It was kind of shocking because I expected them to have more of a reaction like I did. Like, ‘Oh my gosh, can you bring it to us. I apologize,’” said Turner.

An employee at the store told Channel 2 Action News reporter Amy Napier Viteri she did apologize to Turner.Turner said she just wanted an apology and an assurance that employees would be vigilant in the future. She said she will buy new games to avoid the incident happening again.

A few things made me laugh at this, firstly on the link above is the news report which lasts three minutes. In that time I counted three different times where they said “the game was rated E for everyone.”  The other is how did someone in a game store take the game and not check the inside of the cover? What astounds me more is someone actually took this game into the store to trade in and didn’t think this would be a problem.  Thirdly we have this wonderful quote ““It was kind of shocking because I expected them to have more of a reaction like I did. Like, ‘Oh my gosh, can you bring it to us.  I apologize.’” Genius.  Fourthly is the hilarious name of the town where this happened, surely you expect it from living there?

I know game companies are pulling the stops to squash the  preowned market but I am reliably informed that this is not a Nintendo issued policy.


Posted on 09/09/2011, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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