Nintendo Shares Plummet After Investors Realize It Doesn’t Make Pokémon Go →

July 25, 2016 · 09:35

Sam Byford:

It appears that Nintendo’s huge stock bump, which took the company past Sony in market capitalization, was fueled by investors with the misguided belief that Pokémon is wholly a Nintendo creation. Nothing that Nintendo said in its announcement on Friday was new information — there isn’t a Nintendo logo to be found anywhere within Pokémon Go itself, and the status of the game’s ownership has been clear since it was announced last year.

Sometimes I wonder if these guys have any clue what they’re doing.

Nintendo Employee ‘Terminated’ After Smear Campaign Over Censorship →

March 31, 2016 · 11:58

Patrick Klepek:

We don’t know the full details of what happened, or what the conversations were like between Rapp and Nintendo. It’s possible that Nintendo truly was uncomfortable with Rapp’s college essay (despite it being publicly linked on her Linkedin page) or old Tweets about similar topics and decided to part ways with her.

But we do know this: Nintendo was publicly silent while one of their employees was harassed and smeared online over something she did not do. That’s a fact. It’s not in dispute. Nintendo watched Rapp become the center of a witch hunt and did nothing publicly to defend her. Despite my requests for comment, the company said nothing. As it turns out, maybe that silence said everything.

This sort of harassment is unacceptable and quite frankly I cannot imagine why something isn’t being done about this. Nintendo’s actions are not particularly chivalrous either — they should have defended one of their own.