Nintendo Doesn't Want DSi Associated With Porn

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Nintendo Doesn't Want DSi Associated With Porn

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In the least surprising move ever, Nintendo is cracking down on websites that decide to use its name alongside videogame porn.

Videogames and porn have gone together since the dawn of the modern age, but the pairing has been making Nintendo uncomfortable lately. A website that used the Nintendo name in a porn shoot was given a stern warning about using the house of Mario's properties.

The site in question posted a gallery of a nude woman posing with a Nintendo DSi. The text of the photo gallery made the mistake of actually using the words "Nintendo DSi," which caused a surveillance company called Cyveillance to jump into action, presumably under Nintendo's orders.

Cyveillance sent a notice to the website that read: "We are an Internet monitoring agency representing Nintendo of America Inc. ("Nintendo"). We are writing to ask you to stop using the Nintendo properties in the hidden text/visible text/meta tags and/or title and/or links of the above-referenced sexually explicit Web site. Nintendo's customers include many children and their parents. Unauthorized use of Nintendo trademark(s)/work(s) is harmful to those customers and will tarnish Nintendo's reputation."

The woman seen in the photos is understandably up in arms about the situation. I think the company is only trying to prevent innocent internet searches from landing on a pornography website, so in all fairness maybe it's for the best. Nintendo isn't requesting that the entire gallery be removed, but just the words referring to Nintendo's handheld.

By law, the photographed woman claims that Nintendo has no right to ask her to stop using the term "Nintendo DSi." Alas, going up against Nintendo in court is unlikely to be worth the fight, so Nintendo won the day and the terms appear to have been removed. I'm not for corporate bullying or internet censorship, but still feel that Nintendo is doing the right thing here.

Am I wrong? Should it be up to people's parents to keep their kids away from porn when they're searching for information about kid-friendly handhelds? Porn has a way of making it to the top of many internet searches, and I think it's reasonable for Nintendo to want to keep "Nintendo DSi" safe for work.

Source: GoNintendo

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I hate rule 34.

Smugleaf:
I hate rule 34.

Ahem... *drinks a glass of water and grabs a kazoo and makes a noise into it* THIIIIISSSS THIS THIS THIS THIIIIIISSSSSSS

Does any company want to be associated with porn? Except a company that works in porn.

Nintendo...I love you...I truly do. But what you must understand is, that most video game nerds such as myself practically survive on porn. Just because you have child friendly Mario games doesn't mean you can't also release a game featuring Donkey Kong having a threesome with Zelda and Samus. Jeez, most of your fan base are single men in their late 20's/early 30's. This is the stuff we crave. Expand your horizons a little.

Disclaimer: anyone who takes that post seriously will be pimp slapped.

I suppose it's inappropriate to ask for a link to the offending gallery in question. I'd look it up myself, but, uh, I'm not that desperate.

<opens Google>

well actually if its a porn site and shes making money from it, she shouldnt be using other companies trademarks ,also its understandable that nintendo (a very child/family friendly company dont want anything to do with porn, its just good business.

so yeah your completely right, nintendo is completly right and i dont think its got anything to do with corporate bullying

..but they're okay with being associated with censorship, okay.

That's a bit harsh maybe, but still, things like this is pointless at best.

jamiedf:
well actually if its a porn site and shes making money from it, she shouldnt be using other companies trademarks ,also its understandable that nintendo (a very child/family friendly company dont want anything to do with porn, its just good business.

so yeah your completely right, nintendo is completly right and i dont think its got anything to do with corporate bullying

Dude. She makes money of her body, not her gaming console. You seriously think it should be illegal to make money of pictures if an item created by a company is featured somewhere?

I have to say, I'm extremely disappointed by the image used with this artical. Mr Goldman, you have wasted a very fine oppitunity. The possibilities were virtually endless.

You can't fight rule 34. I wish you could, but it's not gonna happen.

Well if Nintendo doesn't want to be associated with porn then they'd better start taking down all the rule 34 featuring their characters.

Good luck with that they'd also have to purge my harddrive.
Uh anyone who looks at game character porn is perverted.

As long as they don't actually try to take down the porn then I won't cry foul,
Still if she was posing with one why shouldn't it be in the description?

I'm a bit suprised they choose to protest against posing with a nintendo DS when there's like a million videos of naked ladies playing Wii.

When I think of Nintendo, I think of Japan. When I think of Japan, I think of weird porn. Sadly, every time I think of Nintendo, there will always be a loose connection between Donkey Kong and Donkey's Dong.

Also, every nerd's fantasy will forever now be a hot chick draped in Nintendo gear. Atari will always fall short and ColecoVision doesn't have a chance. To a certain demographic, the sexual fantasy (which essentially why porn is made) of hot nerdy chicks will always be visioned with Nintendo. It's a balance between being mainstream enough and still respected.

It's just porn, not like it's a big deal.

Frankly they were asking for it when they put a mustache like that on Mario. And he's a plumber, too...

I'm sorry but that's retarded. A quick google search will show that they already are.

Wasn't there a pornstar who played mario? Louie something. Can't remember

I don't think posing with video game gear is bad in itself, but making "Nintendo DSi" a search term to point to that site is going too far, in my opinion. I mean, sure, the two or three people out there who are deliberately googling "DSi porn" will be out of luck, but I have a feeling their luck has been empty for some time now.

This_ends_now:
Nintendo...I love you...I truly do. But what you must understand is, that most video game nerds such as myself practically survive on porn. Just because you have child friendly Mario games doesn't mean you can't also release a game featuring Donkey Kong having a threesome with Zelda and Samus. Jeez, most of your fan base are single men in their late 20's/early 30's. This is the stuff we crave. Expand your horizons a little.

Disclaimer: anyone who takes that post seriously will be pimp slapped.

Can't we at least make it Link with Zelda and Samus to prevent Fox News from calling us practicers of beastiality. I would not put it past them to do that. And I'll take that pimp slap, please, because I put more thought into that senario that I should have.

OT: What Nintendo is doing does make sense. I really hate censorship, but if Nintendo don't do this, it's probably going to make California's job easier.

Smugleaf:
I hate rule 34.

I hate gravity and the inherent wetness of water, but my therapist says I have to let those things go, because I can't do anything about them...

GloatingSwine:

Smugleaf:
I hate rule 34.

I hate gravity and the inherent wetness of water, but my therapist says I have to let those things go, because I can't do anything about them...

Just because I can't do anything about rule 34 doesn't mean I can't hate it.

Tim Latshaw:
I don't think posing with video game gear is bad in itself, but making "Nintendo DSi" a search term to point to that site is going too far, in my opinion. I mean, sure, the two or three people out there who are deliberately googling "DSi porn" will be out of luck, but I have a feeling their luck has been empty for some time now.

Yep, I have to agree with this. And the last thing any company wants is to have some parent Google the names of their non-adult products because their kid asked for it for Christmas and have some porn site come up in the top results. Then it gets on FOX News and bye bye sales.

moretimethansense:
As long as they don't actually try to take down the porn then I won't cry foul,
Still if she was posing with one why shouldn't it be in the description?

Beacuse when you type a specific inquiry in a search engine, that engine will scan thousands of websites for text that matches that inquiry. So if a porn website includes the text "Nintendo DSi", it means that Google, MSN, Yahoo etc. will list that website if someone inquires about "Nintendo DSi", regardless if they were actually looking for that website or not.

While this is kind of heavy-handed, it's hard to blame Nintendo for trying to keep a family-friendly image. Plus, their demands aren't too unreasonable.

I'm with Nintendo on this one. There is no reasonable precedent for "Nintendo DSi" to bring up porn on a search, and making a single term even remotely NSFW sets up a completely baseless expectation for Nintendo to be anything other than family-friendly. Yes, it's the parents' job to keep porn away from little kids, but that doesn't mean it isn't a dick move to deliberately make that job harder.

The story on kotaku has links...its not as good as you would think.

I once read an article in a scientific magazine, that stated that no medium ever used for entertainment was accepted by the mainstream, before it was used for porn...starting with the book, to videotape to DVD...maybe it would be beneficial for Nintendo to be connected to porn :D

...and yes...it was a real scientific magazine (Spektrum der Wissenschaft, to be precise, the german edition of Scientific American), not some smut...

Nintendo would sue me for millions if they saw a certain file on my computer "Samus + Tentacle"

But I'd still argue any of those images are less demeaning to Samus than Other M.

I think there's been an overreaction in here. As long as it's comprehensibly flagged, google as well as other search engines will not show this page unless some filters are lifted, and still, I think typing "Nintendo DSi" will show a gazillion links to e-shops, magazines, official sites, fansites and virtual auctions before placing this one link at the very end. And even if it DID show Nintendo porn, I can assure you, it's impossible to control everybody who is constantly putting up offensive or pornographic pictures. Hell, you could even run into a "Nintendo DSi VIAGRA CIALIS OOPS NUDE XXX NAKED BRITNEY SPEARS PLAYSTATION 3" webpage with links to every kind of porn there exists.

I say ride it, Nintendo. Do not try to control what your consumers or fans produce in their homes and take the idea of your console being seriously taken as a sexual accessory out of your head.

Also, let's not forget 'Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! ~Maria' is a licensed Nintendo game.

Im gonna have to side with nintendo, from the sound of it this was a perfectly innocent request and wasnt even put as legally polite then most things, its not threatening a suit its just asking the word nintendo be removed

Tom Goldman:
Am I wrong? Should it be up to people's parents to keep their kids away from porn when they're searching for information about kid-friendly handhelds? Porn has a way of making it to the top of many internet searches, and I think it's reasonable for Nintendo to want to keep "Nintendo DSi" safe for work.

It's reasonable, but not particularly their right. This sort of thing, if legal, would endanger media as we know it. Not just porn (And I'm assuming there have been like 50 Rule 34 jokes by now....), they could legally shut down media that uses their likeness outside the ready purview of trademark violation, and that's wrong.

I hate to side with the pornographers here, but I really hate cyberbullies and corporate bullying. What they're doing is wrong, even if they are doing it to protect kids. And they still won't protect the kids, regrettably.

You can't expect people to be bothered to raise their own children. People are too lazy, too self-absorbed, and there are too many other things that will do it for them.

Rule 34 is the only definite about the internet...

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