Ever read the Terms of Service that came with your 3DS? No, right? Well, the Free Software Foundation did, and they didn’t like what they found. Listed inside the lengthy legalese are lines about Nintendo being able to “brick” any hardware that is discovered to be modified or containing unauthorized devices. Worse yet, Nintendo also claims to own any pictures or messages, and can use those in marketing or other promotions.
One would think there are a lot of pictures taken with cameras that NO ONE would want to use to market a product, but hey, that’s neither here nor there.
Anyway, the TOS rightfully sent the Software group on a crusade and their simple goal was to make Nintendo merely change the TOS to something a little more consumer friendly. As a result of their efforts, 200 bricks, representative of the 3DS’ afflicted by the potential heavy hand of Nintendo, are on their way to Reggie Fils-Aime. That’s a lot of concrete, and it would be hard not to get the message. Nintendo’s meager response to the efforts prior to the brick-sending was that they have merely followed all laws and regulations, which honestly, doesn’t mean much for us on the consumer end.