Nintendo puts a "bittering agent" on game cards so people don't stick them in their mouths


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/02/nintendo-puts-a-bittering-ag.html


#2

Nintendo:
And this is why we had to put bittering agent on them, you idiots. Stop putting things in your mouth that are inedible.


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#4

So stirring my coffee with one is the problem.


#5

How am I supposed to know ahead of time, smartypants?


#6

Yeah, what the hell. If you found out the cards taste bad, then you are the reason they taste bad, moron.


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#8

I like the title of frauenfelder’s article more: a headline giving an outline of the content, not the clickbaity vagueness beschizza chose


#9

Is there such a thing as “cultural pica”? because to be a serious nintendo fan I think a person would need some sort of compulsion.

With that in mind, this makes perfect sense!


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#11

What if, like aspirin, we like the taste? I mean, even if they’re bitter, they’re still better than Skittles.*

 

  • Take that, Skittles!

#12

Apropos of nothing, my kid has that set of blocks. Can confirm this is what happens to them frequently.


#13

What if you really like bitter things, like coffee and hops?

I suddenly want to taste a Nintendo cartridge now.


#14

After a long day at work nothing is better than licking Zelda.

Wow, that sounds so wrong.


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#16

From the tone of the reviews I’ve read, an artificial source of customer bitterness is entirely redundant! Ba-DUM TSSSSHHHHUPUPDOWNDOWNLEFTRIGHTLEFTRIGHTBASELECTSTART


#17

Cool stuff.

Wait, are they coated, or impregnated, or? I mean, could you wash it off? Drop it in someone’s drink as a prank? If it’s been sucked on more than once, will it eventually become palatable?

I want to know, but I don’t really want to know.


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Actually I find it a bad idea: I’m the kind of person who will hold something between my lips all the time when I need to use both hands real quick.


#20

Okay. Let’s see. Some kid with fingers wet from drink or saliva fiddles with the cards, then rubs his eyes with his fingers. What next?