Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Pokemon Causes Cancer

from the Nintendo-discovers-the-Streisand-effect dept

Dan writes "Scientists must stop calling a cancer-causing gene Pokemon as Nintendo has threatened legal action. Perhaps I'm giving the masses too much credit, however it is hard to believe anyone would confuse the name of a gene with their popular franchise. Unless, of course Nintendo agrees that their video games do in fact cause addiction and be classified as diseases. Interestingly, by taking legal action they are causing the headlines they are fighting to prevent." The Streisand Effect at work.

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  • identicon
    Guy, 19 Dec 2005 @ 5:12pm

    No Subject Given

    I actually heard about the pokemon gene a while ago, there's also a "Sonic The Hedgehog" gene.

    Good times....Good times.

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    Red1JackFoster, 19 Dec 2005 @ 5:54pm

    I knew it!

    I knew it! Pokemon is more than an addiction, it's a disease-causing evil that has been set loose on our young children! I wonder, though, who used the name first? It would be funny if they actually based the name of the gene on the game, because they are both horrible.

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      I like Pokemon, 19 Dec 2005 @ 7:31pm

      Re: I knew it!

      Why don't you like Pokemon? I'm 15 and still think it's a great game. I am however only referring to the Red and Blue versions of the game. I don't like any of the other games. What loser is going to sit around trying to collect all 400, or however many there are, pokemon. I also hate the show and all the merchendise (why can't they have a flamethrower like Spaceballs does). But what I hate most of all is people saying Pikachu is cute. HE IS NOT CUTE! Seriously, it really pisses me off to hear someone say Pikachu is cute. I want Pikachu to use thunderbolt on anyone who says he is cute. Since when are frigging killing machines cute.

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        Red1JackFoster, 19 Dec 2005 @ 8:15pm

        Re: I knew it!

        I think that the Red and Blue versions are good also. I meant the current pokemon crap that they market to people. They have taken a once good game and squeezed every last ounce of originality and fun out of it, and are selling what remains.

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        WTF, 19 Dec 2005 @ 8:19pm

        Re: I knew it!

        WTF...

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          Jared Anderson, 19 Dec 2005 @ 9:18pm

          Re: I knew it!

          what he said,wtf...o_O,lol

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            MacAndCheese, 19 Dec 2005 @ 9:28pm

            Re: I knew it!

            HAHAHAHHAH XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD
            People can be so funny sometimes...

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              Anonymous Coward, 20 Dec 2005 @ 12:28am

              Re: I knew it!

              Seriously, in all open mindedness, the original Pokemon was a great game. It had many facets of a good RPG, although the story was kind of lame. There was customizing, leveling up, collecting, random battles... it's a damn shame they then tailored it to little kids when it could have been more mature. (PS: I'm 21, have a full time career, wife, and child. So I am not some 12 year old justifying his lonely nights in front of a gameboy)

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                Anonymous Coward, 20 Dec 2005 @ 6:52am

                Re: I knew it!

                I have a wife and grandkids, but that doesn't mean I'm not lonely. Thank Gawd for gameboyz, PSPs and other forms of entertainment that can be stolen from the youth of Amerika

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        becca, 16 Apr 2007 @ 12:45pm

        Re: Re: I knew it!

        pikachu is CUTE!!

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        becca, 16 Apr 2007 @ 12:45pm

        Re: Re: I knew it!

        pikachu is CUTE!!

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    Dylan johnston, 19 Dec 2005 @ 7:02pm

    lawl

    Now we know why little kids are all getting cancer.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Apr 2006 @ 7:26pm

    Radiation from gameboys causes cancer, so Pokemon causes cancer

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    michael harris, 16 Mar 2014 @ 11:23pm

    aspergers disorder

    I have liked pokemon since age13 I feel that I'm being affected by water and fire type and normal type demonicly listening to my heart with a stethoscope and staring at them on my wall sounds pretty physical but can pokemon cause this at age 27 and up

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