Canadian University Bans Nintendo Zapper Image

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Canadian University Bans Nintendo Zapper Image

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Saint Mary's University has deemed that Nintendo's Power Glove is far less offensive than its Zapper.

It's no joke running a student society, but the recently formed Saint Mary's University (Halifax) Gaming Society found itself in unanticipated hot water when its poster ran afoul of University guidelines. The Nintendo Zapper, plastic firearm of the 1980s, was the culprit; the concern was that the toy pistol's image, used by the society in advertising for a social event, could damage the reputation of the University.

The Zapper was swiftly replaced with a Power Glove, and peace was restored to the campus. "Any society on campus that ratifies agrees to follow certain SMUSA policies regarding conduct," the student newspaper notes, adding that "societies not following policy can be disciplined in a number of ways, including the loss of status with the student association."

Saint Mary's (Halifax) is a Roman Catholic founded University; What You Do, Do Well, is its motto. Presumably shooting fake ducks with a plastic light gun from the 1980s is something Saint Mary's would prefer its students didn't do well. Though to be fair to Saint Mary's, without the Zapper's cord in the picture someone who didn't know much about gaming - or firearms, for that matter - could come to the wrong conclusion.

Source: The Journal

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If this university's a private school I can sort of understand. I mean it's stupid, but there isn't much the students would be able to do about it. The Power Glove's way more offensive than the Lite Gun in any case. At least the Lite Gun fucking worked.

I can't get worked up enough to manage much more than a facepalm. It's an iconic image, why shouldn't it be allowed?

My brain doesn't even work anymore when I read any of these completely preposterous issues of political correctness. This and the MW2 muslim thing (and of course, burning embassies because of that one shitty movie amateur video).

I just go: Oh for fuck's sake...

ha those were the days controllers were a joystick with one button. i broke so many of those and actually got very good at home repairs

Mr.Tea:
My brain doesn't even work anymore when I read any of these completely preposterous issues of political correctness. This and the MW2 muslim thing (and of course, burning embassies because of that one shitty movie amateur video).

I just go: Oh for fuck's sake...

Aye.

I go the same way when I hear about American Politics and Mitt Romney wondering why airplane's windows "don't open in this day and age."; except I might go "What. The. Fuck!" more than "Oh for fuck's sake."

Ths is why I went to Dalhousie instead...

What? At worst the Zapper looks like a cheap prop from a low budget sci fi movie.

Yeah, because plastic toy guns are the worst possible thing a Catholic school could ever be associated with -_-

Fappy:
If this university's a private school I can sort of understand. I mean it's stupid, but there isn't much the students would be able to do about it. The Power Glove's way more offensive than the Lite Gun in any case. At least the Lite Gun fucking worked.

That glove! It's so bad!
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Psh, what the dicks? The zapper worked and is iconic whereas the power glove is offensive for not just being a throw-away peripheral, but it was also so bad.

Also, we already have alcohol and a phallic joystick so what's a little sci-fi blaster going to do?

So this was done so that if a person had been living in a cave from the 1980s, no knowledge of guns at all and was also stupid enough to freak out, then it could be a problem? Everyone on that college should walk out the door because the people leading it are morons.

DVS BSTrD:
Yeah, because plastic toy guns are the worst possible thing a Catholic school could ever be associated with -_-

Fappy:
If this university's a private school I can sort of understand. I mean it's stupid, but there isn't much the students would be able to do about it. The Power Glove's way more offensive than the Lite Gun in any case. At least the Lite Gun fucking worked.

That glove! It's so bad!
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That movie made the power glove what it is today XD

It is nice to see it being handled in a fairly level headed manner. I'm sure there are places in the world (probably here in the UK, knowing the UK) where such a thing would be met with full scale panic and/or disciplinary measures.

People here seem to be living in a vacuum. The zapper is iconic only in video gaming culture or even some of pop culture. Most parents and especially school officials would be hard-pressed to identify it firstly as a video-game accessory and not a toy gun.

The school asked them to change it and they changed it. Everyone was happy.

The school did not overreact.
As is usually the case, people on the internet are overreacting.

fix-the-spade:
Given the steady of flow of shootings in schools in America I can see why any kind of gun logo would make campus staff antsy, whether it is an actual gun reference or not.

Except it's Canada; we don't get many school shootings around here. And that university was in Halifax, of all places (it's one of those places where the "Canadians are nice/polite" thing might come from).

Oh, well this is interesting. Apparently the image they wanted to use was made by someone else for other reasons. So I guess this makes everyone involved an asshole.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/951947596/the-8-bit-bar-st-louiss-geek-bar?ref=live

Because looking at a gun, real or plastic, or even an IMAGE - no, even THINKING about guns, has the power to turn a completely normal, law-abiding citizen into a dangerous domestic terrorist!

That is seriously the reasoning. Looking at the image of a gun will get people thinking about guns, and before you know it, this one glance at an image will cause one kid to steal his dad's ruger and shoot up his school. Because nothing else would ever set off someone that unstable.

Sure, private school, they can do whatever they want, yadda yadda. I don't care about the legal implications, the plain reality of it is absolutely absurd.

Mr.Tea:
Except it's Canada; we don't get many school shootings around here. And that university was in Halifax, of all places (it's one of those places where the "Canadians are nice/polite" thing might come from).

Ha Edited to hide my ignorance!

Duly noted, sorry about that.

Karloff:
Though to be fair to Saint Mary's, without the Zapper's cord in the picture someone who didn't know much about gaming - or firearms, for that matter - could come to the wrong conclusion.

...and was drunk and had been hit in the head a few times...

I look at this the same way one might look at the lawncare rules of a gated community. I just shake my head and walk away.

I'm more offended by the power glove, honestly.

"Hey guys, its cool you wanna get drunk... even though universities are notorious for underaged drinking... but you want to use a nintendo controller from the 80s on your poster?! FUCK YOU!"

It will be nice when this generation gets into those positions of power so they can go 'lolno' to the old idiots.

How silly, banning the zapper instead of the power glove.

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This may be offensive but only Canadians could confuse the zapper with an actual gun. The rest of us have seen real ones before even if they were only on TV.

.... OMG this is what BL2 needs! a zapper! its orange so it will shoot fire!

SupahGamuh:
How silly, banning the zapper instead of the power glove.

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For serious. Think of the kajillions of potential human lives killed by 'hands' every year...

if you know what i mean..

>_>

SMU has a gaming society?! I wonder if Dal has one...
Also, looking at the image of that zapper, I'm leaning towards the "unjustified" removal side.

I wonder how things would have went if the picture of the zapper had a cord coming from it.

Whatever, I get to have a little related fun, since I actually had my old zapper sitting next to my bed. I keep it just in case any pesky ducks fly into my room.

Circled-C 1985
Model NO. NES-005
Made in Japan Pat. Pend.

The point here was probably "No Gun-Like Objects" and this is meant to simulate a gun. From this article it seems like the change did not upset anyone involved.

Wait, why exactly it was banned for? The zapper encourage gaming which is a big no no but yet they got that image of the retro control stick???

Mr.Tea:
And that university was in Halifax, of all places (it's one of those places where the "Canadians are nice/polite" thing might come from).

As a Nova Scotian I question that particular sentiment.

crystalineshard:
Ths is why I went to Dalhousie instead...

Fellow Haligonian!! I love you!

Yeah it's not a private University

This does suck but it makes me happy there is an article about a University in the city that I was born, MAKES ME SO HAPPY!

You'd have to be a complete moron to think a group is promoting violence like that, especially because there's a joystick in there too and the gun is freakin' red! I mean, I know not everyone grew up with a NES and a zapper, but if I walk down the street waving my zapper gun in the air, I doubt anyone's gonna think I'm a murderer or something, right? Seriously, who would think that?

Saint Mary's (Halifax) is a Roman Catholic founded University

Oh...well, there's your problem. Religious schools are the worst for that. When I was in high school (Religious school too), my school prohibited me wearing The Nightmare Before Christmas clothes and products because "they had skulls in them". Yeah, think about that for a moment.

Also, Mana Bar? Isn't that also Yahtzee's awesome-sounding bar somewhere somewhere?

snekadid:
This may be offensive but only Canadians could confuse the zapper with an actual gun. The rest of us have seen real ones before even if they were only on TV.

I'm going to just assume that you are joking.
I've held and used a variety of firearms, I'm Canadian, almost everyone I know owns at least one gun, or has owned or used a firearm...
If you seriously think that because we have stricter gun registration laws here, that we are a gunless society, then you should come live here for awhile.

Sure we don't have anywhere near the prolific numbers and spread of firearms available in the united states, but our wal-mart and other stores with "sporting goods" sections stock a variety of ammunition, and we have more than a few gun stores.

I for one think the issue in the OP is ridiculous, but whatever, idiots don't grow up to be smart, they just stay stupid, and some of them end up in charge of schools. Especially Catholic schools.

The pussy-fication of society continues!

Do you often see orange guns with screws in them and a trigger which is just a big black button?

Seriously. The only idiots that would confuse that for a real gun is people who have never touched an electronic device in their life.

So basically 90% of anyone above 50.

Y'know, since the article states that the image goes against pre-established University guidelines and policies, I'm going to assume that the society that was probably made to read and stay within those guidelines before forming was at fault and not the University.

Absolutionis:
People here seem to be living in a vacuum. The zapper is iconic only in video gaming culture or even some of pop culture. Most parents and especially school officials would be hard-pressed to identify it firstly as a video-game accessory and not a toy gun.

The school asked them to change it and they changed it. Everyone was happy.

The school did not overreact.
As is usually the case, people on the internet are overreacting.

Thank you for being the voice of reason here.

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