Gorilla Tries to Play Nintendo DSi XL

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Gorilla Tries to Play Nintendo DSi XL

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Do not accidentally drop your Nintendo DS at the zoo or a gorilla might pick it up and beat your game of Zelda.

The greatest piece of evidence that connects the human race to gorillas has just been discovered at the San Francisco zoo. While photographer Chris Spicuzza was nearby, a little boy accidentally dropped his Nintendo DSi XL inside the gorilla pen. Rather than rage out and smash the DSi XL, a gorilla picked it up and started to play.

Okay, it didn't actually play the thing, but given a few weeks it looked like the gorilla could have figured it out. He picked it up, looked at the screen, and inspected it thoroughly. A baby gorilla even came up and tried to steal it from the adult gorilla.

The story has a happy ending, as the gorilla eventually was tricked into trading the DSi XL to its trainer for a shiny apple, which is actually more than he would have gotten had he traded it in at a game store (I kid). It still worked, though it was covered in gorilla slobber and had a few more scratches than it did before it was handled by an animal that could pick up a car. Nintendo really builds solid hardware eh?

Spicuzza's blog contains a progression of photos and a short video that shows off the funny event. I wonder what DS game has the highest score amongst gorillas on Metacritic?

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I lolīd. thank god for funny monkeys!

Oh wow.

Sometimes I love slow news days.

was he playing donkey kong? (I'll be here all week)

Now that's pretty sweet. I like gorilla's even more now.

That's pretty cool. I'm also surprised that the gorilla even figured out how to even hold it without breaking it.

i hope it didnt have a violent game in it, or the gorrial will turn into a murderer.

Tom Goldman:
Gorilla Tries to Play Nintendo DSi XL

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I wonder what DS game has the highest score amongst gorillas on Metacritic?

Obviously he'd play Scribblenauts. Lets just hope he doesn't try eating the DS after he learns how to spell "Bananas"

Bananas, B-a-n-a-n-a-s...

its obvious hes trying though.

That's very interesting. I wonder if someone could donate a DS or a PSP and see if they really could learn to play simple games.

Course, it might make the zoo a little less interesting, but at least the animals would be entertained for a change.

Epic, just epic. Another proof of animal curiosity.

ShadowKatt:
That's very interesting. I wonder if someone could donate a DS or a PSP and see if they really could learn to play simple games.

Course, it might make the zoo a little less interesting, but at least the animals would be entertained for a change.

I dunno, if I was an animal, it be worth a few years of being locked up, even teased, for the chance that one stupid blond chick sticks her head and scrawny frame too close to the cage, and I get to grab and chew on her...

Or the stupid drunk frat guy sticks his junk in the cage one night, and I get to play "Vet" for a change and neuter something.

Show me one playing a round of Starcraft 2 and I'll stop saying we should eat them.

That is a very unflattering pic.

I'm much taller in real life.

They've had a taste now the uprising isn't far off.

Tom Goldman:
Nintendo really builds solid hardware eh?

Nintendo makes by far the most durable hardware out there, and that's what I love most about them.

Gorilla Tested. Gorilla Approved.

Nintendo makes games that appeal to gorillas?

I knew that...

Survived Ape mauling! Now thats something they could add to the package! And, I bet given some time a gorilla could use it, if not at least in a simple fashion

So, we need to get Jane Goodall on this new and exciting area of video game research.

HeySeansOnline:
Show me one playing a round of Starcraft 2 and I'll stop saying we should eat them.

I always wondered what gorillas tasted like. Care to share a favorite recipe?

As to this particular tidbit of news, good to see the big guy have something mixed up a little bit in his life. I have a gecko here at home who is fascinated by my speakers, but completely ignores the screen.

I also remember seeing a video on the superior short-term memory of chimpanzees. A researcher taught them to press numbers in sequence, and then made it so the labels vanished after the first one was selected. The chimps beat out the humans every time. They could have all sorts of hard-core gaming fun humans would utterly fail at with that kind of skill.

Wonder if he could seriously figure out how to operate it on his own?

On quick web search later.

http://www.livescience.com/animals/gorillas-play-tag-like-humans-100713.html

Gorillas are gamers, confirmed.

Nintendo should start marketing the DSi XL as gorilla resistent.

Tom Goldman:

The story has a happy ending, as the gorilla eventually was tricked into trading the DSi XL to its trainer for a shiny apple, which is actually more than he would have gotten had he traded it in at a game store (I kid).

That joke probably entertained me more than the story itself.

OT: If the gorillas get their hands on Brain Age, the future shown in the Planet of the Apes could not be too far off.

awesomeClaw:
I lolīd. thank god for funny monkeys!

(cough) APE a gorilla is an ape(cough)

i kinda want to see a gorilla play donkey kong now :P

Oh god, this made my day.

zombie711:
was he playing donkey kong? (I'll be here all week)

im surprised it took 3 people for someone to mention that
but iver got a better one!
[generic gorilla joke]
a-hahahahaha its brilliant, isnt it? i heard it from a blind egyption!

imnotparanoid:
i hope it didnt have a violent game in it, or the gorrial will turn into a murderer.

i think even gorrilas can distinguish the difference between games and reality

people really aught to teach other primates the wonders of video gaming, god knows how much it would lighten up the more boring enclosures (boring for the primates that is)

Tom Goldman:
The story has a happy ending, as the gorilla eventually was tricked into trading the DSi XL to its trainer for a shiny apple

i dont know if "tricked" is the right word, before haveing discovered the DS's wonders, a shiny apple is a fair swap for a seemingly worthless piece of platic with a screen on it

Well this brightens up my day.

If only the gorilla kept the DS, learned to play games, then moved up and played more complex games like Starcraft 2.

I'd love to play a round with it.

Twilight.falls:
Well this brightens up my day.

If only the gorilla kept the DS, learned to play games, then moved up and played more complex games like Starcraft 2.

I'd love to play a round with it.

jut make sure you dont get too competitive, i have a hunch he wont be a good loser about it

So, is this a new demographic that Nintendo plans on marketing to?

Teach the apes how to play video games, then I can play Mario Kart with them!

That's just great. They should buy the gorilla a DS with a really simple game in it and see how he does lol.

Things like this make life worth living.

Heh i bet gorillas would be better sports than most people on xbox live. I would buy a console if i knew that something this awesome would come of it.

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