Games advocacy group calls for more transparency in consoles

Fringe gaming group Total Transparency have today announced that they will be officially forming a committee in order to push for greater transparency in consoles, a feature which they say has been lost over the latter half of the 2000s decade.

The group wants to see company’s open up on how they manufacture their…wait, no, they’re now telling me that that’s not the case at all. They actually just want clear-plastic cases. Huh. I mean, I can get behind greater source-revealing, but…actual, literal transparency?

“We pledge not to rest until Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have introduced “clear” as a colour on all current and future generation consoles” said movement founder Richard Smythe. “I’m tired of just looking at a matte or sleek covering, I want to be able to see the guts of my console. Not that it’d achieve anything or be that exciting, moving parts aren’t hugely used in consoles, but still, it’d look totally neat right? Ooooh, and with some LEDs in there too! Could be bitchin'”.

Strangely absent from the current generation, clear plastic casings were all the rage at the time of the N64 and later GameCube, Xbox and Dreamcast, carrying forward a small contingent of transparent handhelds in the DS. The organisation blames pressure from organisations such as Apple who, while originally a forerunner in the field of vaguely see-through technology, eventually moved away to the more lucrative field of trademarking rounded rectangles.

When questioned on whether or not he actually cared about issues such as conflict minerals or poor working conditions, Smythe simply answered that asking for pointless things which add no value to a console was his right as a gamer.

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