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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

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/120018-Canadian-University-Bans-Nintendo-Zapper-Image

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Keep in mind that we aren't afflicted with the gun culture that is so prevelant in the US. Plus universities are also lovey-dovey hippie places.

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Keep in mind that we aren't afflicted with the gun culture that is so prevelant in the US. Plus universities are also lovey-dovey hippie places.

Yeah, come to the US and talk about our 'gun culture' and 'lovey-dovey hippie universities'. I'll blow your face off with my shotgun then teach a class on the after-effects of violence as a follow-up.

Dirty Canadians, eh? ;)

*huggles*

Areala

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Eh, not everyone is gun loving here either, as evidenced by the original gray part of the zapper being replaced with orange in later models to make it look less like a real gun. :rolleyes:

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