Ubisoft Pulls 'Super Spastic' Mind Quiz

Radio complaint leads to handheld game withdrawal

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Ubisoft Pulls 'Super Spastic' Mind Quiz
A call to a local BBC radio phone-in show has lead to the rapid withdrawal of Ubisoft's Mind Quiz game for PSP and DS.

The Steven Nolan Show in Northern Ireland received a call from a lady who stated that the game called players "Super Spastic" in the event that they failed to reach a certain 'brain alertness' level.

Her son, Austin, who suffered from cerebral palsy, had recently died.

She contacted Nintendo of America who told her it had nothing to do it, and advised her to contact Nintendo of Europe. NOE told her it was nothing to do with the game and that she should contact the 'producer'. The radio show did indeed do this and, to its credit, Ubisoft responded quickly, stating, "As soon as we were made aware of the issue we stopped distribution of the product and are now working with retailers to pull the game off the market.

"The game was developed in Japan, and we unfortunately did not pick up on the offending word in our quality assurance. We are currently working with the developer to find a way to rectify the issue."

Quick definition of 'Spastic': "Relating to or affected by muscle spasm".

You can hear a transcript of the show here.


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