Al Qaeda Suspects 'Making Detonators Out Of Sega Cartridges'

So it's true - there really is a link between violence and video games. In an otherwise run of the mill article on how the next US President will have to deal with the issue of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the New York Times printed this little nugget:

One detainee is said to have been schooled in making detonators out of SEGA game cartridges.

Nobody at Kotaku (especially those who frequently travel overseas) has any idea if that is even possible, or why SEGA specifically, but the story seems to originate from the case of Hassan Bin Attash - a seventeen year old (at time of capture) detainee that several human rights organisations claim was tortured in Jordan before being held in Gitmo. Possibly, after a few months of waterboarding a weaponised copy of Toe Jam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron might seem more credible.

Next President Will Face Test on Detainees[NYT via DasGamer]


    HAHA. this makes perfect sense, as someone with explosive experience I can say that the cartridge (any for that matter) does infact make a perfect detonator. you can gut it and put a bunch of batteries and a RF reciever (cheap mobile phone) and you have yourself a remotely operated detonator that is incredibly robust. The gold/copper plates on the bottom are perfect for soldering to the rest of the device.

    Personally I think a NES cart would be better because it is bigger and you don't need quite the expertise for miniturising the components. Problem is you would have to be there to blow on the cart before detonation.

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