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Elon Musk claimed he tried to license Mario Kart from Nintendo for use in Tesla vehicles



For those who don't know, Tesla cars have very big navigational screens in their dash that control a very large portion of the car. Some people want to see Tesla put some games on those screens, According to Elon Musk, the Tesla gang was interested in the idea as well. They went as far as to contact Nintendo in order to use the Mario Kart brand, but Nintendo shot them down. With Nintendo constantly worried about player safety, it's not hard to imagine why they declined this offer.

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Tags: mario-kart

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cassidy
Thu Nov 29 18 08:17pm
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

I imagine that was before Elon Musk called Miyamoto a pedophile.

EDIT: My post was a joke based on Elon going nuts on Twitter, constantly accusing a Thai rescue diver as a pedophile several times: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-musk-lawsuit/teslas-musk-is-sued-for-calling-thai-cave-rescuer-pedophile-idUSKCN1LX26N

The statement of Musk calling Shigeru Miyamoto a pedophile has never happened. I clarified this as required by a email report sent by cortjezter, a fellow GoNintendo moderator. I apologize for any inconvenience I have caused.

The fact that cave daddy is absolutely insane probably influenced their decision as well.

panurgejr
Thu Nov 29 18 08:15pm
Rating: 1

Yeah, not licensing one of your top IPs to a d-bag tech bro is an incredibly easy decision.

Heh. He’s actually insanely smart if you’ve ever listened to him talk. Not tech bro-y at all.

panurgejr
Fri Nov 30 18 10:37am
Rating: 1

Heh. One can be smart (whether insanely so or otherwise) and still be a tech bro.

Indeed. He isn’t a “tech bro,” though. Much more valuable to society than Zuckerberg or Dorsey.

So what flavor kool-aid does Elon serve?

cassidy
Thu Nov 29 18 08:17pm
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

I imagine that was before Elon Musk called Miyamoto a pedophile.

EDIT: My post was a joke based on Elon going nuts on Twitter, constantly accusing a Thai rescue diver as a pedophile several times: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-musk-lawsuit/teslas-musk-is-sued-for-calling-thai-cave-rescuer-pedophile-idUSKCN1LX26N

The statement of Musk calling Shigeru Miyamoto a pedophile has never happened. I clarified this as required by a email report sent by cortjezter, a fellow GoNintendo moderator. I apologize for any inconvenience I have caused.

Excuse me? Are you for real?

It's a joke. Sort of. Musk did in fact call one of the Thai cave rescue divers a pedophile in response to his cave sub being rejected.

He did wha? That's just...wow...

NOT funny.
Even if it was meant as a joke it's not funny.

NOT funny.

As opposed to what? Elon Musk himself? Because his off-the-wall ego (and possibly behavior) is astonishing and hilarious to a lot of people.

Lol as opposed to nothing. It simply is not funny to joke claiming someone called someone a pedophile, Even if they did call someone else a pedophile. It's also not funny to call someone a pedophile. So I'm not excusing that behaviour either.

It isn't funny on both accounts. It's pretty horrible to do on both accounts. And no, I'm not equating the two to each other either, it's both horrible and not funny, and one is not excused because of the other.

cassidy
Sun Dec 02 18 05:55pm
(Updated 2 times)

It's not just Elon Musk calling someone a pedophile that's the issue or the result of his mockery; it really is how he sees himself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
His Wikipedia page only has a few examples of what he has done, but the last two sentences that have been typed before going into the "Early Life" subsection kind of sum it up.

Musk has stated that the goals of SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity.[22] His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.[23]

He really does see himself as some form of heroic figure and acts as though he's humanity's last hope. But the whole cave rescue fiasco really shows what kind of person he is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk#Media_coverage_and_Musk's_behavior
-Musk reasserted on Twitter that the device would have worked and referred to the diver as "pedo guy" without offering any evidence to support the claim, causing backlash against Musk.[173][174] He subsequently deleted the tweets, along with an earlier tweet in which he told another critic of the device "Stay tuned jackass".[174] On 16 July, the diver stated that he was considering legal action in relation to Musk's comments.[175][176]

-After Musk's Tweets, Tesla shares fell 4% as some investors worried about his erratic behavior.[177] Tesla investors subsequently demanded that Musk apologize.[178] Two days later, Musk issued an apology for his remarks:[179][180]

-On August 28, 2018, in response to criticism from a writer on Twitter regarding how Musk had handled the diver's criticism, Musk circled back to the pedophilia accusation


And that's why the joke reads as such. It isn't just about his use of that word, it's all about how Elon Musk is a self-absorbing prick. The word "pedophile" in my comment is directly associated with his "pedo tweet." And it also associates with his ego, his behavior, and seeing himself as the limelight of technological innovation and as a hero above heroes. And with a personality like that, he is perfect for mockery; a genuine form of humor.

Like I said to the other guy, you might define it as humor (or mockery, which would is indeed more fitting) but humor isn't always funny, or good taste. In this case it's quite horrible humor if you want to define it as such. Whether you call it "genuine" or not.

It was simply bad taste. Regardless of whatever Musk did or how he behaves or sees himself. You can't justify your choice of "humor" by using his actions as an excuse. Even if you're convinced it deserves mockery it's still bad taste how you went about it. Hence my comment NOT funny.

The fact that you're now defending yourself with a whole argument about Musks character – nothing but a red herring – shows you don't even want to take responsibility for your own words. Even though you already had to excuse your "joke". Maybe just admit it was bad taste to joke about something like that, involving another name in that fiasco? I mean do you really not see the problem with what you said?

I mean do you really not see the problem with what you said?

If I was genuinely claiming Elon Musk has called a Miyamoto pedophile, that WOULD be a problem. But it wasn't, hence why I had to go back and edit that post with the disclaimer that he didn't actually do that. Otherwise, the moderators are completely fine with it. What I did before was a excuse, but I figured I could at least explain where my joke is coming from and the delivery of it. Of course, the big mistake on my part was forgetting that humor is subjective and explaining it only makes it worse.

I'll tell you what. You're saying I can't see the problem. I clearly can't figure out my wrong-doing and must be educated over my awful misdeed. Explain to me why my joke was in bad taste.

Joking about the implication that someone is a paedophile, indirect in this case is bad taste. It can be damaging even though it was meant as a joke. I understand you tried to be funny, but it was at the expense of the persons in your joke.
Just like the image of the diving expert was hurt for a large part not just directly by Musks tweet, but also indirectly by reports of musk calling him a paedophile (though of course Musk himself is responsible since it were his words).
In this case however, you can't shift the blame of your implications onto Musk because he didn't say what you wrote. You decided to write down those implications in order to make a joke. Calling someone a paedophile can be very damaging, even if it's a joke and even if it's a satirical reference to a real incident. As such it is bad taste. Even when you explain it's a joke.

I can't speak for the moderators but although it's bad taste, I'd also tolerate it after clarification. Not because I'm "completely fine with it". But because of freedom of speech and not taking all responsibility for a healthy forum away from the users.

Now, just because something is tolerated by mods doesn't mean you're immune from criticism. Especially if you use deflection, and sarcastic exaggerations like "my awful misdeeds" to ridicule the criticism and distract from it. Apparently you really didn't understand why I said your joke was bad taste – rather than an "awful misdeed". Maybe you do now.

Tue Dec 04 18 04:12pm
(Updated 2 times)

What's with the hand-wringing over a harmless joke? A number of people found it funny, and someone who didn't get it, asked about it and had the comment explained.

In your lecturing about what is and what isn't funny -- something you, as the site's self-appointed hall-monitor, apparently have the final word on -- you've completely misunderstood the original comment even after having it clarified multiple times.

The butt of the joke isn't Miyamoto, it's Musk and his shitty behavior. Miyamoto is basically irrelevant to the joke, as it could have been Reggie or Furukawa or whoever. How in the hell do you misread something that badly? And how in the world could it -- that is, a single comment on a fansite that's a joke about a widely reported incident, and which was clarified as thoroughly as possible and then some -- even potentially "damage" Miyamoto's reputation? I mean, given the density of the very person I'm responding to, it's theoretically possible, but fortunately, the number of people with some semblance of common sense far outnumber the not-so-bright busybodies on video game fansites, so whatever.

ovivoul
Tue Dec 04 18 05:55pm
(Updated 1 time)

I didn't misread it. I just said it was bad taste, regardless of the fact that Musk was the target.

Of course it won't damage Miyamoto's reputation (in this context), especially after the clarification of the joke. But that doesn't mean it wasn't bad taste.

And yeah, indeed, whether something is funny or not is subjective, which is why I clarified my problem with it by explaining it was bad taste.

Most of this conversation is just clarification of that critique. Which the OP specifically asked for in his replies. Why do you feel the need to resort to personal attacks, sarcastic remarks, and wild assumptions on my perspective on this conversation?
You might be mad about something I said, but that doesn't mean you have to start calling names or try to put words in my mouth and try to ridicule me.

panurgejr
Sun Dec 02 18 10:41am
Rating: 3

Actually it was funny. You see, Musk is unhinged enough that he actually did bandy about accusations of pedophilia; the commenter, aware of that outrageous behavior, tweaked the story to be relevant to the community here. HUMOR!

No, it isn't funny. It's a pretty horrible thing to suggest, even if the object of the joke did call someone else a pedophile. The outrageous behaviour of Musk doesn't excuse the commenter for making a horrible joke, even though I agree Musks behaviour was horrible as well.
You might define it as humor but humor isn't always funny, or good. In this case it's quite horrible humor if you want to define it as such.

Nintendo did do some advertising and licensing deals with Mercedes-Benz in recent years.

Cause Mercedes-Benz was a tried and true company whereas Tesla and Space X is a crowd funded pipe dream of nonsense.

Space X maybe... Tesla actually work though... But yeah, that success clearly went to his head. He's pretty much a buffoon now. (or at least it was less visible before... but I actually saw him saying much more intelligent stuff than the stupid stuff he says/do recently...)

Musk's biggest achievement for me is PayPal, and his Tesla cars are actually faster than many gas-type racing cars

Tesla and Space X is a crowd funded pipe dream of nonsense.

LOL - can I have some of what you’re having because it must be wild to live in your special reality.

Meanwhile the government is cutting funding for NASA. I’d say we’re pretty lucky to have someone like Elon Musk to actually push the limits of science and tech.

I read an article the other day that said that automated, driverless vehicles will end up serving as mobile brothels. Date night may never be the same in the back seat of the car in this future we keep hearing about.

Hahaha. That’s funny to imagine.

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