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Nintendo helps make a better prison guard


We can imagine what makes for a good prison guard: somebody who has seen the show Oz and is skilled in the ways of the nightstick. What else could a wannabe prison guard need? Nintendo, apparently.

At North Branch Correctional Institution, prison Warden John A. Rowley mentioned that the state-of-the-art touch-screen system that the prison uses to control the population is, apparently, very similar to that of the DS. He commented that "Nintendo was a great tool to train today's officers." We couldn't agree more, since the DS is not only a great handheld system for gaming, but also a cheap way to introduce folks to the interface of a touch-screen, not to mention how to effectively use a stylus.

So, while the Warden comments that Nintendo helped train his guards, we think the system can go further. It can train grandparents on how to use a PDA (or you can turn it into one for them), among other things. What a great little system!

[Via Kotaku]

WRUP: Take the weekend off edition


If you were looking for something new to play, then this isn't your week. There's pretty much nothing out there, so unless you've been saving a game for a rainy day (or a week that saw no new interesting game releases), then we suggest you break the emergency glass and have at it. Or, here's a novel idea: don't play any games.

Wait, wait, hear us out. We're not saying to stop playing games entirely, but maybe taking a weekend off won't be such a bad thing? Clean the gutters like you've been putting off, or go take in a play or movie. Why don't you spend some time with your family or write that Aunt you have in prison? We're sure she would appreciate the attention.

For all of you who find the idea of not playing a single game over the course of a weekend preposterous, what will you be playing?

No DS in UK prisons for fear of terrorist attacks

Due to the ability to transmit signals wirelessly, UK prisons have banned the Nintendo DS (along with some other video game systems). The reason? They fear that the devices can be used to plan a terrorist attack. Of course, should they actually research the system, they'd know that the wireless capabilities of the DS are severely limited.

We can imagine terrorist attacks being planned in Pictochat, but we're sure the prison guards would notice someone lurking outside the prison walls with a DS.

Steal Nintendo and go to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200

In a more disturbing, yet amazingly interesting, story involving Nintendo, we're told the tale of George (not his real name, obviously) and how he was locked up. What makes this story interesting to you, fine reader, is that the man went to jail for the theft of a massive amount of Nintendo software. It isn't mentioned if it's DS or Wii games, but either way it added up to a whole lot of dough.

In telling how he had gotten locked up in a Japanese prison, George informs us that "He saw an opportunity to make some money and he took it. ¥1 million worth of Nintendo game software was sitting in the warehouse in which he worked and he figured that they needed to be sold. He pocketed around ¥300k but within a few days it was fairly obvious to his bosses that he had done it."

[Via Dark Diamond]

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