By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Never since the apparent design decision that only people with giant hands play Xbox has there been such controversy over a videogame controller. But supposedly the Wii controller isn’t just annoying, it’s downright dangerous!
… at least, according to a mother in Littleton, Colorado. She’s filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming that the controller’s wrist strap is “ineffective.” Well, she has a point. After all, the purpose of a wrist strap is to keep the thing attached to your wrist, and that apparently didn’t work for her son since the controller went flying out of his hand and crashed into their television. Hey, at least he didn’t take someone’s eye out!
But… five million dollars? For a broken television? Are we sure the thing hasn’t actually taken someone’s eye out? Because it seems like I would have heard about that. Nintendo already warns that “excessive force” could cause the strap to break and has made two separate improvements to the strap (adding a slider that allows you to tighten it, and then a lock for the slider).
I’m wondering just how often the straps really do break. The lawsuit turns on whether the controllers are dangerous under their “intended use,” so Nintendo might try to show that the minority of people who break their straps were using the controller in some “unintended” way. Excessive force, maybe? I don’t have a Wii myself – those of you that do, have you ever had the strap break on you? Ever had the controller go flying? If so, ever hit anything? Hopefully not someone’s eye…
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