In today’s news roundup we prove that life on the inside isn’t so cushy after all, as prison inmates in the US are permanently deprived of one of their favourite pastimes. The continuing snipes between Mitch Lasky and EA’s Jeff Brown leave you wishing they’d just have a fight and get it over with. And finally, just as Iwata predicted, Nintendo reveals magnificent sales figures for their last financial year.
Wisconsin jail outlaws Dungeons & Dragons
Whilst most prisoners here in the UK are fine to bide their time behind bars watching The Jeremy Kyle Show (interesting one of the shows biggest daytime audiences comes from prison inmates) their counterparts over in the US do something a bit more unusual to help whittle away the years on the inside. And while Morgan Freeman talks of prisoners building match stick houses to keep their minds occupied in the Shawshank Redemption, according to guards at Wisconsin Jail, a large number of inmates choose to spend their time playing the fantasy board game Dungeons and Dragons.
However after officials at the jail banned the game and confiscated all D+D materials from inmate Kevin T. Singer, he took his case to the Court of Appeals in an attempt to have the ban overturned. But, no doubt to Singer’s dismay, the court has just rejected his plea and sided with Wisconsin prison officials who claimed that the fantasy pen and paper board game was promoting gang behaviour within the prison. Singer maintains that this is contravention of his first amendment rights – oh aren't criminals moral? [Joystiq]
Resort, Fit Plus, NSMB sell 10m each News
The phrase ‘I told you so’ can’t have been far from the lips of Satoru Iwata after it emerged that Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Brothers all sold over 10 million copies in the last financial year – just as Nintendo’s big boss predicted. More than 13 million copies of Resort have been shifted whilst Nintendo managed to flog 10.55 million copies of Mario Brothers and 10.16 of the Wii Fit Plus.
Throw in sales of a further 17m Nintendo Wii consoles and no one could deny that it’s been a pretty good year for Nintendo. The company released a statement saying: "Nintendo continues to pursue "Gaming Population Expansion" based on the idea of putting smiles on many people's faces by offering brand new entertainment that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age, gender or gaming experience.’ [Eurogamer]
Red 5 confirms lay-offs
The war of words between ex-EA man Mitch Lasky and the company’s current communications direct Jeff Brown continued after Red Five Studios confirmed being close to bankruptcy and that it's been forced to let go more than half its staff in a series of layoffs. In an ironic twist it turns out that Lasky, the man who said EA were pursuing a bankrupt strategy, was actually one of Red Five Studios big investors, thus giving Brown the perfect opportunity for a few below-the-belt snipes. ‘Now that Red 5 Studios is bankrupt, Mitch Lasky can devote more time to giving business advice on his blog’ he joked. [Shacknews]