It’s undisputable that smoking is hazardous to one’s health,
but who could have expected that the smoke from cigarettes could also be
harmful to a videogame system?
Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released last Sunday, and will
likely be one of Nintendo’s biggest Wii titles for 2008. Several of those who
purchased the game found that their Wii consoles had issues reading the disc,
preventing it from running.
According to the Boston
Herald, second-hand cigarette smoke could be one of the culprits for
giving the Wii trouble in reading the disc. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the
biggest Wii game yet, and requires dual-layer DVD media in order to contain all
the data. The slightest bit of smoke residue on the optical pickup inside the
Wii could be enough to stop the console from reading the dual-layer disc.
Although Nintendo would not comment on what the precise
causes could be for a Wii to be unable to read Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it did erect
a support page that read, “A very small percentage of Wii consoles may have
trouble consistently reading data off this large capacity disc if there is some
contamination on the lens of the disc drive.”
Wii owners not willing to part with their consoles for
cleaning have attempted to take matters into their own hands. Some have
reported that using compressed air to blow into the disc drive has helped their
consoles run the software, though Nintendo advises against any user-performed maintenance.
The Nintendo support note continued, “Nintendo has
specialized cleaning equipment that can resolve this problem. (Please do NOT
attempt to clean the lens yourself, as you may damage the system.)”
The idea of preventing smoke inhalation by a console’s
cooling system may not be entirely crazy. Japanese peripherals maker has
developed a dust and
smoke filter accessory for the PlayStation 3 – though no accessory exists
yet for the Wii.
quote: but who could have expected that the fumes from cigarettes could also be harmful to a videogame system?
quote: Well, sucks to be you, my friend. But not all smokers smoke fifteen packs a day, and a lot of other factors. Maybe your grandparents loved huffing gasoline.
quote: You're not my friend. I don't associate with such cold and callous people such as yourself, let alone call them friend.Any smoking is damaging to the health of the person lighting up and others around them. So really, get a clue...
quote: I've smoked since I was 18, have one computer here that's 10yrs old and don't have any issues with any of the computers I run here.
quote: Pot smoke doesn't linger and has virtually no carcinogens
quote: Of course, who else but to trust but the BBC? Do you watch FOX news and gather tha family in the fallout shelter during ***FOX NEWS ALERTS*** too.
quote: Earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. However, marijuana also contains the chemical THC, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous
quote: Tashkin's group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA had hypothesized that marijuana would raise the risk of cancer on the basis of earlier small human studies, lab studies of animals, and the fact that marijuana users inhale more deeply and generally hold smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers -- exposing them to the dangerous chemicals for a longer time. In addition, Tashkin said, previous studies found that marijuana tar has 50 percent higher concentrations of chemicals linked to cancer than tobacco cigarette tar.While no association between marijuana smoking and cancer was found, the study findings, presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week, did find a 20-fold increase in lung cancer among people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.
quote: The alleged claim by C. Everett Koop that radioactivity causes 90 percent of tobacco-related cancer has so far resisted the tracking skills of my research team (it's all over the Web, typically attributed to a Koop appearance "on national television"), but if he said it, it's way off from what everyone else says — including surgeon generals’ reports from before, during, and after his tenure. The U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Management estimates that if you've smoked for 50 years, polonium-210 accounts for 1 percent of your overall lung cancer risk.
quote: I don't buy the "smoke" argument at all.
quote: but who could have expected that the smoke from cigarettes could also be harmful to a videogame system?
quote: Some have reported that using compressed air to blow into the disc drive has helped their consoles run the software
quote: (think murder in self-defense.)
quote: It's there to support corporate greedy people that don't really need the money anyway (read stock holders/board execs) the people that make the games normally get a standard 40-50k salary.
quote: It's there to support corporate greedy people that don't really need the money anyway (read stock holders/board execs)