3DS SpotPass Downloads Have Potential for Spam

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3DS SpotPass Downloads Have Potential for Spam

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Downloading new game content while your 3DS is asleep is a great feature, but downloading spam is not.

One of Nintendo's big new features in the 3DS is SpotPass, which enables the handheld to download new content from Wi-Fi hotspots while it's in sleep mode. Nintendo has advertised that SpotPass could be used to receive game data, free software, pictures, and more in a specifications sheet, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently told investors that the technology has the potential to download unwanted ads as well.

When Iwata was asked on an investors call whether ads could also be pushed to the 3DS, he said that Nintendo has partnered with television broadcasters to distribute 3D videos to the 3DS through methods such as SpotPass, and these broadcasters rely on advertising income. Nintendo is going to "investigate the potential of ad income which can be gained from short but attractive 3D images," Iwata said.

Luckily, Nintendo realizes that without tight controls on advertising, SpotPass could quickly become a nuisance in the 3DS rather than a strength. Iwata continued: "One thing which we are extremely careful about is that with SpotPass, while it is a new mechanism with the potential to explore an attractive future, Nintendo 3DS could become a platform which users consider as one for myriads of spam-like ads to arrive if we were to handle it poorly."

Nintendo hopes to guard the 3DS from downloading content that is "unnecessary or even upsetting" and is looking for a "perfect balance" between information that can earn revenue for free content providers and information that customers wouldn't want to see. Iwata ensured investors that Nintendo will be keeping a close watch on the feature.

To protect children, Nintendo barely lets people that own the Wii play its own first-party games together without submitting to a genetic test, so I don't see Nintendo somehow allowing male enhancement ads to worm their way into an 8-year-old's 3DS system. Nonetheless, with an innovative feature that actually seeks out Wi-Fi hotspots without any intervention by a human being, I can definitely see the potential for mistakes. Or at least really annoying 3D ads for wholesome products, like cookies or cartoons, that just won't go away. Maybe spam will become so engrossing thanks to the 3DS' screen that nobody will even care.

Source: CVG

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No.

No matter how hard Nintendo tries, lots of kids will get their first look at what an erect 3D penis looks like thanks to the 3DS. Mark my words.

Also, Fox News will rant.

unabomberman:
No.

No matter how hard Nintendo tries, lots of kids will get their first look at what an erect 3D penis looks like thanks to the 3DS. Mark my words.

Also, Fox News will rant.

I think it's more important to realize that most kids will probably see 3D boobs first. Just saying. And Fox News will rant about anything, just like every other news station does.

On topic: I think SpotPass has enormous potential for good content and unwanted content. I just hope that it's more of the former and less of the latter, because I don't want the 1st major portable 3D device to tank because of security holes.

Spam or no spam, I think that designing a device which automatically tries to steal wifi from anywhere you go is kind of a dick move.

P.S. Thanks

Covarr:
Spam or no spam, I think that designing a device which automatically tries to steal wifi from anywhere you go is kind of a dick move.

P.S. Thanks

Not to mention flat-out illegal in some areas, like New Jersey.

So... whose thinking of just wrapping their 3DS in as much of whatever material that can block Wifi signals as they can, and playing it through a screen and gloves, like those fancy science people have?

If the hot pass feature allows people to upload adds couldn't some dickish hacker with no life use the feature to upload viruses to other peoples' systems?

Boy, I can't wait for someone on /b/ to figure out to bypass that. Won't that be a joy?

Nintendo have underestimated the malevolence of basement-hackers.

Like everything else that has to do with Nintendo, the idea is good in "theory", but in practice however....

Spam in stereographic 3D? now that's what I call Innovation.

If Nintendo cares even remotely about it's customers, it will give the option to turn off SpotPass.

Not G. Ivingname:

What if they spammed 3d ads for SPAM?

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Imagine that, but in 3D!

Onyx Oblivion:

Not G. Ivingname:

What if they spammed 3d ads for SPAM?

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Imagine that, but in 3D!

:O

NINTENDO, DO THIS NOW.

Covarr:
Spam or no spam, I think that designing a device which automatically tries to steal wifi from anywhere you go is kind of a dick move.

Yeah, watch the number of hotspots drop as people find their bandwidth being raped en masse and start securing it properly. I consider that an upside, though...

When he said "spam" in the Q+A, he was referring to basically anything that a player would rather not see, and when he was quoted on "perfect balance" in this article, he was actually talking about the way they "must create a perfect balance between the value of the information to be delivered and whether or not our consumers will welcome this information," so he was kinda quoted incorrectly here.
I don't think he was in any way referring to the device being hacked. (which seems very unlikely to me) He was just giving a heads up that there will probably be adds, (just like on the 360 dashboard) but they'll do their best to keep it to things the average player would want to see. (probably game-related stuff)

joystickjunki3:
I think it's more important to realize that most kids will probably see 3D boobs first.

Good, I'm not the only one who thought of 3D boobs when it mentioned 3DS spam. =P

mjc0961:

joystickjunki3:
I think it's more important to realize that most kids will probably see 3D boobs first.

Good, I'm not the only one who thought of 3D boobs when it mentioned 3DS spam. =P

I foresee throngs of men clawing at the air in order to grasp immaterial jubblies.

mad825:
Spam in stereographic 3D? now that's what I call Innovation.

No longer will spam say "gain three to four inches!", it will show you.

It sounds good in theory, but in truth finding free open wifi spots in Australia is very hard. Less spam for us then.

Er, I think people (including the escapist writer) didn't understand what he meant by "spam":

Electrogecko:
When he said "spam" in the Q+A, he was referring to basically anything that a player would rather not see, and when he was quoted on "perfect balance" in this article, he was actually talking about the way they "must create a perfect balance between the value of the information to be delivered and whether or not our consumers will welcome this information," so he was kinda quoted incorrectly here.
I don't think he was in any way referring to the device being hacked. (which seems very unlikely to me) He was just giving a heads up that there will probably be adds, (just like on the 360 dashboard) but they'll do their best to keep it to things the average player would want to see. (probably game-related stuff)

My guess is that as long as the ads are bundled with an optional service such as 3D TV shows people won't mind.

Tom Goldman:
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently told investors that the technology has the potential to download unwanted ads as well.

And thus a new market for anti-virus software opens.

Good thing I don't have Wi-Fi...

The system already costs an arm and a leg, but we're forced to watch ads STILL? really Nintendo....really? what is the game industry coming to?

Stormz:
The system already costs an arm and a leg, but we're forced to watch ads STILL? really Nintendo....really? what is the game industry coming to?

The adds wouldn't be so bad if they played the "Final Fantasy victory" song when you got them.

Stormz:
The system already costs an arm and a leg, but we're forced to watch ads STILL? really Nintendo....really? what is the game industry coming to?

My thoughts exactly. It makes me wish for that Gizmondo pricing scheme where you could buy an ad supported version for cheaper. At least it would make sense this time around.

I scream shenanigans! Seriously. The reason why I stopped watching TV (except PBS, and even then I skip over the Corporate ads) and installed ad-blocker+ to my Firefox is because of those &%[email protected]#*& ads. Commercials have ruined TV to the point of banality. A TV network can't have a show that will upset the advertisers. Is it any wonder why all the awesome shows are on cable movie channels?

F!cking commercials are ruining the video game medium. How many patches have been released for games to allow for in-game ads, only to have them removed because the backdoor for in-game ads slowed down the games too much? I'm looking at you, Wipeout HD. There are other examples as well.

It is ridiculous to me that, only after spending (probably) $40 for a 3DS game, or even waking up the system from a sleeping state, I would still have to deal with commercials. What is next? Will I have to watch a ten second ad for Mountain Dew if I pause a game for a few minutes? I don't even drink f!cking soda! Shenanigans.

I was excited about the 3DS, but now I'm not. When is enough money enough?

galaxygamer:
I was excited about the 3DS, but now I'm not. When is enough money enough?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn3wM6Rxpik

Tom Goldman:
To protect children, Nintendo barely lets people that own the Wii play its own first-party games together without submitting to a genetic test,

wait, can you or someone PLEASE break this down into something i can understand, what i'm getting from this is either "You can't play a Wii unless you submit to a genetic test" or this is just EXTREME sarcasm...

for the record, yes, i REALLY don't get sarcasm...

So now on top of downloading and installing new firmware, regardless if people want it to or not it, it will also now download spam too, again, regardless if you want it to or not. No good can possibly come of this for 3DS owners.

On the plus side I can see all kinds of fun ways a person with less than pure intentions could screw with a device that just seeks out random wifi signals to download and possibly install god knows what. I imagine with a small amount of clever tinkering the right kind of people could make just about anything (viruses, donkey porn, etc) look like a new firmware update or advertisement for these things to seek out and install. I know I for one can't wait!

Advertisments on my DS? Do not want, as the kids say. I hope there's some way to turn this feature off.

Antiparticle:
Advertisments on my DS? Do not want, as the kids say. I hope there's some way to turn this feature off.

If there is, it would include a monthly fee.

If this or any gaming device is going to give the owner unsolicted advertizing it should be sold a lot fucking cheaper, I'll tell you that.

The Corporate age of gaming sucks.

..... What? Ads? In my frakking handheld? If that's the case, then the device ought to be craploads cheaper than what it's price has been hinted to be. If not it better have a "Turn this shit off" feature. At least there aren't any unprotected WiFi anywhere that I'm aware of and I sure as hell won't put in the password for our home WiFi after hearing this...

...unless it's evil and somehow goes through password protection. *puts on tinfoil hat*

the idea of spotpass is so you can download free stuff for your DS.
with this, i predict that after less then a year after release,
you'll be able to download nothing BUT ads.

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