Monday, February 28, 2011

Boycott 3DS


Facebook movement is getting a lot of attention for its plans to boycott the Nintendo 3DS. The group posits that the 3DS is made from "conflict mineral" -- material mined in the Congo by oppressed workers led by armed rebel groups. 

The scheme has been hatched by a representative of the Enough Project, a group dedicated to fighting human rights abuses and genocide. According to the spokesman, Nintendo is "allowing people to die and suffer grave human rights abuses for the sake of video game console production."

"What I am asking you to do is to refuse to buy a Nintendo 3DS system until Nintendo announces plans to halt use of conflict minerals in production -- and this can only happen through monitoring of trade systems," states the group. "I am not in any way opposed to the 3DS itself -- I actually think it's one of the coolest things I've never seen in person. But I am not going to be one of the millions who looks the other way purely for entertainment, and I hope you will join me."

It seems that quite a few gamers who joined the group aren't exactly steadfast comrades, having answered the call with vitriolic rejoinders: "Sure, whining like a faggot is cool and all, but seriously. Get the sticks out of your asses, kiddo', a few lost sales isn't going to do Nintendo any."

Seems weird to me that the 3DS is being picked on when there are likely thousands of things that could be accused, but I guess it's all about what gets attention. What about you? Do you agree that Nintendo should be punished for possibly funding human rights abuse? Or do you accept this as a sad fact of capitalism in which the poor must exist for there to be wealth? More importantly ... how excited are you for Nintendogs?

11 comments:

sildude said...

Pretty much everything with a battery has some sort of exotic metals in them.

LoneIslander said...

Sildude is right, we really can't complain at this point.

Siphil said...

Oh no, this is going to put Nintendo out of business. Oh wait...

ScottD said...

I stopped reading at "facebook movement"

Charles said...

I guess me not having money is helping this (F)BM

vogelhut said...

Lol, good luck to these idiots..

mac-and-me said...

well for that matter you can boycot nearly any product nowadays

Spike said...

mhh... wonder whats in my tv, pc, cellphone, mouse, keybord, harddrive, printer, calculator, dvd-drive.... HOLY SHIT ! BOYCOT EVERYTHING....


SRSLY: Do they have hard evidence on their clames? If so, then confront Nintendo directly, instead of attention whoring on facebook to look like the white knight in shiny armor who wants to safe the world

¡ɥsoſ said...

Outsourcing labor and materials is nothing new. Every single company does it.

This is just ridiculous.

XXII said...

reminds me of the "blood diamonds"

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