Buy a Nintendo 3DS and sign your life away

Nintendo has caused a rumpus with the draconian terms and conditions attached to the 3DS toy, which most normal people won't read - but, if they did, they'd find they'd be signing their lives away.

Along with keeping tabs on what games you play, the 3DS logs personal data such as any name, address, age, gender, geographic area, online status, Nintendo 3DS device certificate information, cookies, Friend Codes, wireless access point information, IP address, and Media Access Control ('MAC') address".

But worse, Nintendo reckons it owns all "User Content," this is: "comments, messages, images, photos, movies, information, data and other content"generated on the device.

"By accepting this Agreement or using a Nintendo 3DS System or the Nintendo 3DS Service, you also grant to Nintendo a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your User Content in whole or in part and to incorporate your User Content in other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes."

This is about as daft a Bic attaching a notice to any pens it flogs saying that it owns any and everything written with it.

But it goes on: Nintendo reserves the right to brick your device remotely, in case you use it in a manner of which it does not approve.

"After the Nintendo 3DS menu is updated, any existing or future unauthorized technical modification of the hardware or software of your Nintendo 3DS System, or the use of an unauthorized device in connection with your system, will render the system permanently unplayable," the user agreement says.

The ts&Cs are causing so much outrage a campaign has started to get users to send Nintendo a brick.

A better tactic would be not to buy the toy in the first place.