Terrorists stocking up on old SEGA equipment to aid their reign of death

Gaming, Weirdness

mega-drive-genesis-accessories-al-quaeda.jpgExtremely serious world event blog the New York Times is carrying a quite ludicrous quote claiming that potential terrorists, including bodyguards for Osama bin Laden, were using SEGA cartridges to make detonators for bombs.

Here’s the quote. I’ve put the relevant bit in bold, as it’s only a very small bit and it’s not particularly relevant…

“Others still at the much-criticized detention camp there include prisoners who the government says were trained in assassination and the use of poisons and disguises. One detainee is said to have been schooled in making detonators out of Sega game cartridges. A Yemeni who has received little public attention was originally selected by Mr. bin Laden as a potential Sept. 11 hijacker, intelligence officials say.”

Now, having taken apart quite a few SEGA game cartridges in my time just to see how they work and where SEGA stores the magic, it’s hard to know exactly what part of a SEGA game cart would be used to make a detonator. I’d imagine they’re using either the battery that keeps your save game alive to power the device, or the case itself, as it’s a nice, pocketable size and made from very sturdy plastic. SEGA always made the best plastic.

If you are reading this from Guantánamo Bay library in your recreational period, please let us know what the carts were used for.

(Via Das Gamer)

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Gary Cutlack
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