The Sun in Hot Water over Nintendo 3DS Lies
Journalistic Integrity. Those two words used to mean when put together in the same sentence. It seems in today’s world, “yellow journalism” has taken a front seat and selling newspapers is considered the only thing that matters to media outlets.
UK newspaper “The Sun” reported yesterday that thousands of angry gamers were being turned away from retailers when they tried to demand a refund, citing headaches after playing the Nintendo 3DS console for as little as three minutes.
The report, though sensational, was bogus – at least according to Nintendo. When asked for comment, they had this to say;
“Recent reports are incorrect. The number of calls and emails with queries on Nintendo 3DS is in fact well below the rate experienced during past hardware launches and having spoken with our retail partners there are only a handful of people who have actually gone into stores to request a refund. Nintendo 3DS was designed with a 3D depth slider that lets users adjust the 3D effect so that everyone can still enjoy this product.
“When viewing any kind of 3D images, including movies and on TV, some people might experience minor discomfort. The effects are short term and have no lasting effect; most people can continue after taking a break.”
Refunds are common when brand new technology hits retail shelves; the Nintendo DS was plagued with dead pixel problems, the iPhone 4 has antenna issues and the Xbox 360 was riddled with those red rings we’ve all come to fondly remember. But in Nintendo 3DS’ case, according to the people who made it, refunds are remarkably low.
Nintendo have been wary of the 3D feature on their new console from the start. They originally released cautionary instructions that children under 7 should avoid the 3D feature since no research has been done in the possible effects it could have on eye development. They also note, as with all their consoles in the past, that players should take a break if they start to feel dizzy after playing for a while. As a caution, Nintendo recommend players should take a 10 minute break every 30 minutes.
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