Last month, Kotaku reported that student interns were allegedly forced to manufacture the PlayStation 4. With the PS4 now out, rumours have popped up that some of those alleged student interns sabotaged Sony's gaming console. Those rumours are spreading online, but, juicy as they are, they're very thin.
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" link="lightbox" size="xlarge" align="center" nocrop="true" clear="true"] While the PlayStation 3 was originally produced in Japan, Sony now outsources its hardware assembling to the Asian electronics mega-manufacturer Foxconn. So, the PlayStation 4 is being made in China. And, according to reports, thousands of university students were forced to manufacture it.
Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Electronics is rumoured to be setting up plants in the US next year, moving away from its long time "home" base of mainland China. According to rumours floating around the internet, Foxconn is planning to start up factories in either Los Angeles or Detroit. All of this comes not long after Apple's recent announcement to have part of their Mac computer line manufactured in the US.
From the sound of it, kids as young as 14 could have assembled the Wii U. Last week, Nintendo issued a statement to Kotaku, saying it was looking into the matter. Today, Nintendo offered Kotaku an update on the results of its investigation.
Surprising more or less exactly nobody, In a Permanent Save State, a serious game based around the suicides of Foxconn employees in 2010, was pulled from Apple's App Store shortly after its listing.
In a Permanent Save State is not meant to be particularly fun. It's a serious game, by artist Benjamin Poynter, following the imagined stories of Foxconn employees who committed suicide.
Foxconn, the assembler of most of our electronic playthings is in the headlines again this week after reports started to appear about a potential strike happening during China's "Golden Week" holiday last week. Early reports painted a picture of upwards from 3000 to 4000 employees striking at Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant located in central China's Hebei province. Foxconn has come out today to say that nothing has happened and that production is on schedule.
Riots have broken out at the Foxconn factory where the iPhone 5 is being assembled. Production was suspended. Reports are that late last Sunday night, approximately 2000 workers became enraged and began to trash the Foxconn Taiyuan campus. The incident was sparked by a security guard allegedly beating two workers.
It sends people. In the past few years, working conditions in China have come under greatly scrutiny. Conditions have also gotten better. Nintendo recently discussed how it conducts on-site factory visits in China: There are morning interviews with managers, paperwork checks, multiple manufacturing line checks, and checks into the lives and welfare of the factory workers.
Our glittering game machines and our shiny gadgets aren't made possible by merely fancy tech and electricity. They are here because minerals called rare earths, which are found in rich sludge and mud. Currently, China controls over 90 per cent of the world's current supply of rare earths. That, however, could change.
Terry Gou, the dude who runs Foxconn's parent company, has gotten in trouble for shooting off his mouth in the past. Once, he compared to managing the Foxconn workers as simply managing "animals" and lamented how those animals give him a headache.