The Sun continues attack on Nintendo 3DS

British newspaper The Sun has been accused of continuing its attack against the Nintendo 3DS, following the device's release in the UK a few weeks ago. Journalist Rob Fahey has gone as far as to dub the attack a "vendetta" through his Twitter account, and MCV editor Ben Parfitt has also expressed his anger at The Sun's inaccurate reports.

According to MCV, the stories began with a claim that the 3DS had seen a record number of returns, following customer dissatisfaction with the new console. Retailers Game and HMV were quick to deny the report, with Game claiming that they had "fewer than five complaints", and HMV not having offered any refunds.

Today's new story carries the headline "Nintendo 3DS is game for a barf", and features a doctor carrying out an experiment on a 22-year-old as he plays a selection of games. "If this was your resting rate, I'd recommend you saw a GP about high blood pressure," expert advice recommended. An increase in blood pressure and a faster pulse while playing were pointed to as being indicators of serious health issues linked to playing with the console.

Previously, Sun Business Editor Steve Hawkes hinted at a link between Head of Communications Rob Saunders' departure and the supposed health risks associated with the 3DS. On his Twitter account, he asked "surely he can't be blamed for gamers being made ill by the new 3D DS?!" While it is unclear if The Sun have any reason behind their 3DS attack beyond sensationalist attention-grabbing headlines, the inaccurate reports appear to have been ignored by the wider media.

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It sounds to me like they took 'the expert's' words and used them very selectively. The 'expert' is not stated to be a doctor here nor are they named.

I get that from lifting weights in fairness. I'm far from fit but I've played it and all I've gotten is frustrated from the lack of games to be honest. Thats the only thing that'd raise my blood pressure. Its a load of crap? Thats one kid, maybe, out of how many?

"The Sun newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also incidentally runs FOX news, unsurprisingly, always has an agenda." Hate to break it to you but ALL media outlets have an agenda. It's true. That's why they do what they do and why anyone with a brain doesn't listen to them. But, there's always going to be lemmings to try and pursuade no matter what. News organizations have the right to court them any way they wish. CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS spew just as much garbage but mainstream leaning people are to uneducated to know that they're being sucked into their agenda. That's why the Internet is a great tool to decide for Yourself what is to be belived and what is not based on reading Both sides of the arguement and not just listening to some pompus, arrogant news anchor who is fed every word like a trained chimp. (Chimps, btw, are way smarter than news anchors!)

Ugh I hate it, for one no one there ever bothers to listen. They don't realize that you can turn the 3D off, they built the slider for a reason. You don't play on it all day long, and you did not have to buy it in the first place.

Actually, Satoru Iwata, Nitendo's president, has foreseen several of these issues, that's why he stated, highlighting it, that the company was not to be responsible for the damages that may cause using the device.

He always said that, to prevent being sued (which has become very fancy these days).

Meph said,
Who likes The Sun, anyway. It's a rubbish newspaper.

The millions of people that buy it everyday I guess?

(dude who's name messes up the tags) said,

The millions of people that buy it everyday I guess?

Don't they mainly buy it for a certain page, rather than the actual news stories though?

Meph said,
Who likes The Sun, anyway. It's a rubbish newspaper.

The irony is, the majority of people who buy it are the lower paid classes, even though Its propaganda clearly favours lowering taxes for the rich, preventing electoral reform to maintain the status quo, and the continuation of wars in the middle east.

shinji257 said,
Sounds like "The Sun" is the UK version of "The Onion"...

It's more like the equivalent of Fox news.

When the trouble occurred with the football match , it was due to all that died coming from Liverpool, this reminds me of the same crap.

JamesWeb said,
Ohh, the newspaper. I thought this was an article about not being able to see the screen in sunlight.

Same! I was expecting some breaking news on how the sun interferes with LCD screens or something

JamesWeb said,
Ohh, the newspaper. I thought this was an article about not being able to see the screen in sunlight.

Well, as odd as it would be that the star would be on a continuous attack campaign against the device, I have to say at first glance I thought the same thing (maybe that's because I'm not living in the UK and did not remember that "newspaper")

sviola said,

Well, as odd as it would be that the star would be on a continuous attack campaign against the device, I have to say at first glance I thought the same thing (maybe that's because I'm not living in the UK and did not remember that "newspaper")

*grin happily*

An increase in blood pressure and a faster pulse while playing
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Faster pulse while playing games. You got to be kidding me right ?

Anyone who swears at a game probably gets a higher pulse rate in certain situations.

I bet horror games put some peoples bpm through the roof.

what said,
Anyone who swears at a game probably gets a higher pulse rate in certain situations.

I bet horror games put some peoples bpm through the roof.

I don't think he is refuting the fact that your bpm can increase while playing games, it's pretty obvious it will.

Depicus said,
Come on this is The Current Bun we are talking about, never let news/truth get in the way of a story.

Very true.

It'll be interesting to hear what their motives are though, I am genuinely intrigued!

smooth_criminal1990 said,
It'll be interesting to hear what their motives are though, I am genuinely intrigued!

How often do you pay attention to what the Sun has to say? Because right now, you are, even if you do think what they're saying is ****ing stupid.

What's funny, is that this is having the opposite effect of what they're intending. I actually dislike Nintendo as much as I do Apple, but right now, I find myself defending them.

Uhyve said,

How often do you pay attention to what the Sun has to say? Because right now, you are, even if you do think what they're saying is ****ing stupid.

What's funny, is that this is having the opposite effect of what they're intending. I actually dislike Nintendo as much as I do Apple, but right now, I find myself defending them.

He said he would find it interesting to see what their motives are, not that the articles themselves are intriguing...

Minimoose said,

He said he would find it interesting to see what their motives are, not that the articles themselves are intriguing...

That is true, but I think Uhyve was saying was that WAS their motive. In that respect, I got a bit suckered in, but it didn't make me pay any money to their paper or visit their website, so meh.

smooth_criminal1990 said,

That is true, but I think Uhyve was saying was that WAS their motive. In that respect, I got a bit suckered in, but it didn't make me pay any money to their paper or visit their website, so meh.

Right, sorry if I wasn't being clear. I'm just saying, I bet The Sun's website got a small spike in traffic from the gaming sites picking up this news story. I mean, I can see why The Sun would want that, but it also seems like it would hurt their image... though it never seems like they actually care about that at all.

You can get an increase in blood pressure and a faster pulse from anything... especially porn!

Also if playing a game can put your health at risk then heaven help us if you tried to exercise haha are these people serious?

Ently said,
Also if playing a game can put your health at risk then heaven help us if you tried to exercise haha are these people serious?

It's The Sun, not known for checking facts or any kind of quality reporting. Basically it's just tabloid rubbish so not really news.

Ently said,
You can get an increase in blood pressure and a faster pulse from anything... especially porn!

LOL. An activity causing increased blood pressure is a bad thing? Best stop doing exercise then. Jesus.

Uhyve said,

LOL. An activity causing increased blood pressure is a bad thing? Best stop doing exercise then. Jesus.

Your post confuses me because it seems like you're disagreeing with what I'm saying however you go on to iterate the same point I was making. Lol?

Ently said,

Your post confuses me because it seems like you're disagreeing with what I'm saying however you go on to iterate the same point I was making. Lol?

He's making a sarcastic comment about the article posed as a question and agreeing with you.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

He's making a sarcastic comment about the article posed as a question and agreeing with you.

Ah I see now!

Thank you for clarifying that