Saturday 22 July 2017

The Nintendo Brain Trainer -- is it racist?

They talk about golf widows, but they never talk about Nintendo widowers. Having made the mistake of buying the better half a Nintendo DS for Christmas -- the moral of the story? Just don't buy Christmas gifts -- the last five weeks have been spent watching someone hunker over the console doing her level best at a thing called Brain Trainer, the computer based quiz, which is meant to improve your IQ.

But one of the tasks involved is in hot water after Watchdog's Nicky Campbell accused the game of being biased against people with northern accents.

In one of the rounds, you have to shout the name of a colour as quickly as it appears on the screen, and according to whingeing northerners -- I'm thinking Liverpool here, but I could be wrong -- the console won't recognise particular accents.

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