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Nintendo & McDonalds Providing WiFi

CmdrTaco posted about 9 years ago | from the get-fat-and-play-pokemon dept.

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redemtionboy writes "According to IGN, "Nintendo of America on Tuesday will announce a groundbreaking partnership with Wi-Fi provider Wayport to make available free Internet access to DS owners at McDonald's restaurants across the nation." " There are so many potential jokes here that I'm gonna just leave it to you guys to make your own.

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If... (5, Insightful)

jamesgamble (917138) | about 9 years ago | (#13815972)'s free for DS owners, how long will they limit it from people using laptops or other WiFi enabled devices?

Re:If... (3, Funny)

KZigurs (638781) | about 9 years ago | (#13816012)

probably they wont. Just filter out by MAC adress - that's the best they can do, I guess :)

Re:If... (5, Funny)

BushCheney08 (917605) | about 9 years ago | (#13816088)

I believe you meant to say "just filter out by BigMAC address..."

Re:If... (-1, Offtopic)

Bozzio (183974) | about 9 years ago | (#13816127)

You, sir, are a genius!
I almost just laugh out loud in class!

Re:If... (0, Redundant)

elm3r (831611) | about 9 years ago | (#13816250)

or, "just filter by McMAC address". That'd work, too.

Re:If... (0, Offtopic)

Jrix (923747) | about 9 years ago | (#13816272)

Fat people

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13815973)


Jokes? (5, Funny)

dsginter (104154) | about 9 years ago | (#13815983)

Would you like a portscan with that?

Re:Jokes? (5, Funny)

salparadyse (723684) | about 9 years ago | (#13816040)

Would you like wi-fries with that?

New Ad Campaign (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816160)

I'm leechin' it.

Re:Jokes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816182)

I just need to re-enable my McNic.

Re:Jokes? (2, Funny)

surefooted1 (838360) | about 9 years ago | (#13816197)

Sure, while I'm at it, can I supersize my DS connection to a PSP connection?

Re:Jokes? (5, Funny)

dosle (794546) | about 9 years ago | (#13816221)

I'm sorry sir, was that a Chocolate SSHake?

hey! I did it! First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13815984)

yea for me!

Re:hey! I did it! First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

firl (907479) | about 9 years ago | (#13815993)


A Joke (5, Interesting)

James Kilton (714163) | about 9 years ago | (#13815988)

Hmm, I would guess that you're jealous it's not in Taco Bell restaurants. Though frankly I don't see what's so funny about this. It's a step in the right direction. McD's restaurants cover about 10% of the earth. That's a lot of wireless.

The biggest joke (5, Funny)

Colin Smith (2679) | about 9 years ago | (#13816092)

Using the words McDonalds and restaurant in reference to one another.

Re:The biggest joke (0)

hoai2k (890518) | about 9 years ago | (#13816184)

That was the first impression I got from the article too. Maybe the term "MacDonalds joints" would have worked better...

Jokes? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13815989)

There are so many potential jokes here that I'm gonna just leave it to you guys to make your own.

Err... now you can imagine a beowulf cluster of Nintendo DSes, only at your local McDonalds!

Would you like fries with that free Wi-Fi?

Uh, yeah. It sounded funnier before I said it.

802.11x compatible? (3, Insightful)

zalas (682627) | about 9 years ago | (#13815992)

I'm a bit fuzzy with the DS specs, but if Nintendo is going to provide free WiFi and the WiFi follows one of the 802.11 standards, how do they keep people without Nintendo DSes from accessing it with a laptop? Will the DS have some sort of special software-based key?

Re:802.11x compatible? (5, Funny)

BlueOtto (519047) | about 9 years ago | (#13816029)

Shhh! Don't say anything! They might not notice...!


Re:802.11x compatible? (1)

pureseth (917220) | about 9 years ago | (#13816033)

I don't think they are trying to keep people from acessing it with a laptop, they just had the idea for DS's but not limitted to.

Re:802.11x compatible? (1)

JVert (578547) | about 9 years ago | (#13816261)

McDonalds currently has a pay to play wireless for laptops.

If they would make it free I might actually go there and eat something while I surfed.

When they tested the idea they gave you a printed access code with your happy meal that you could redeem for wireless time. But that was just too good of an idea I guess...

Re:802.11x compatible? (4, Interesting)

xappax (876447) | about 9 years ago | (#13816318)

The article doesn't mention anything about being able to, use the web or other internet services using your DS, only to play games using Nintendo's proprietary internet gaming servers. So, while I don't know if they will, McDonalds certainly could implement an extremely restrictive firewall that only allowed communication through ports 8483 and 10554 (for example), and also restricted outgoing traffic to a handful of DS gaming servers.

of course, if they've got the technical capacity to provide free wifi for all devices, it certainly seems like a worthwhile "value-added" service to offer, so who knows?

Re:802.11x compatible? (1)

un1xl0ser (575642) | about 9 years ago | (#13816069)

What about MAC addresss filtering with lists supplied by Nintendo?

That's only the first thing that comes to mind.

Re:802.11x compatible? (5, Informative)

Bozzio (183974) | about 9 years ago | (#13816078)

I thought this was mentioned on /. before, but McDonald's offers free Wifi for laptop users anyway. I don't know how widespread this is, but it's already offered in my small town.

The funny thing is that they are supposed to give you a 30min user/pass for while you eat, but somebody screwed it up here. Right now they are giving out a single permanent user/pass combinations instead of temp ones... McDonald's, while out of my way a bit, is still a pretty convenient hotspot for me.

Re:802.11x compatible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816087)

Or perhaps they will just allow access to the service that allows DS users to play against other DS users online and not allow access to anything else. So, if that's the case there will be no point for laptops to connect to it.

Re:802.11x compatible? (0)

wossName (24185) | about 9 years ago | (#13816096)

What are you going to do on their gaming network with a laptop ?

Re:802.11x compatible? (1)

somersault (912633) | about 9 years ago | (#13816152)

What are you talking about? :p It said hotspots for internet access in the article. DSs can already connect to each other without need for any other equipment. I guess this is only in america just now but it'll be cool when it's over here :) I guess as well as internet access you're right in saying that it'll be a 'gaming network' with free downloads of demos and the like :)

Re:802.11x compatible? (3, Insightful)

wossName (24185) | about 9 years ago | (#13816240)

While the words "internet access" appear in the article, and in that order, there is no indication that you will be able to access the Internet through these hotspots. Think about it, why should Nintendo give you free Internet access (and risk all the legal trouble that comes with it) when the DS doesn't even have a web browser ?

Yes the DS is already capable of ad-hoc connections, but these hotspots enable people across the country to play each other. And I'm guessing that's all they are for, as long as Nintendo doesn't say otherwise.

Re:802.11x compatible? (5, Informative)

Wwolmack (731212) | about 9 years ago | (#13816181)

From TFA:

"Nintendo and Wayport will offer complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots... enabling DS owners ... to play online games with or against each other."

The DS does not have a TCP stack and has no native support for IPv4 or IPv6 (from [] ):

"The DS does not internally support a TCP stack or any IPv4/IPv6 communications at all. This is why the DS cannot be played online without the use of tunneling... Ni-Fi is a layer 3 protocol on top of 802.11."

802.11x is a network layer, not a magical gateway to "Teh internets"

So it goes to reason that the McDonalds hotspot for the DS won't support regular tcp/ip, as its a hotspot for DS users to play with each other. You probably won't be able to connect your laptop to it.

Re:802.11x compatible? (3, Interesting)

macshome (818789) | about 9 years ago | (#13816352)

IIRC, the TCP stack will be carried by the game. So while the DS OS might not have TCP/IP, the games can.

Re:802.11x compatible? (0, Redundant) (206867) | about 9 years ago | (#13816253)

MAC addresses?

Just sayin'.

Re:802.11x compatible? (1)

MAPBuH (749005) | about 9 years ago | (#13816317)

I'm a bit fuzzy with the DS specs, but if Nintendo is going to provide free WiFi and the WiFi follows one of the 802.11 standards, how do they keep people without Nintendo DSes from accessing it with a laptop? Will the DS have some sort of special software-based key?

From the nintendo's site, in the ds specs:
Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo's proprietary format;

Nintendo and McDonalds partnered before (4, Interesting)

ChrisF79 (829953) | about 9 years ago | (#13815995)

When I lived in DC years ago, all of our McDonalds had these little kiosks in them when the Nintendo 64 came out. There were 4 small TV's built into the thing with 4 consoles with 2 controllers each and you could try out the system there. I don't know if that was a national partnership with all McDonalds but they were in all of the ones I went in. The consoles were in there for quite a while (about 6 months if I recall correctly) and then were suddenly gone. Anyway, these two companies at least have some history of working together in the past so I'm sure that made it a little easier to get something like this set up.

Super Mario Bros. 3 Happy Meal (1)

Vandil X (636030) | about 9 years ago | (#13816026)

Perhaps the most well-known and well-received partnership of the two.

I still have my bouncing Raccoon mario and Luigi-cloud...

Re:Nintendo and McDonalds partnered before (1)

grylnsmn (460178) | about 9 years ago | (#13816083)

This McDonalds [] still has the N64 display there. My parents used to live nearby, and it was a good place to stop when my then-girlfriend (now wife) wanted some fries.

Re:Nintendo and McDonalds partnered before (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 9 years ago | (#13816115)

There was still one in one of the 'Play Places' in Rockville, MD, about a year or two ago.

They had the 4-screen thing, and they also had a smaller 2 screen one with games for the smaller tots.

(I don't normally stop at McDonalds, but I was with a friend, and we had his ~4yr old son with us, and he really wanted a 'play place' ... but as I don't typically go to them, I have no idea if it's still there, or for how long it was there)

Re:Nintendo and McDonalds partnered before (1)

immorak (904819) | about 9 years ago | (#13816165)

Funny, they still have the N64 displays set up in my home town only now they have a game cube set up in the same box.

Re:Nintendo and McDonalds partnered before (1)

AnswerIs42 (622520) | about 9 years ago | (#13816214)

They still use em. I found a McD's friday morning that had a 4 game station Kiosk of Game Cubes.

If your in Toledo, OH. It's is on I-280 the exit just before the Turpike entrance.

WiFi from McDonald's? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13815997)

It'll be the healthiest thing on their menu :)

Re:WiFi from McDonald's? (2, Funny)

Chewbacon (797801) | about 9 years ago | (#13816125)

damn, I haven't been to McDonalds in so long, I can't even remember what's on the menu besides the big mac. "I'll have a Big Mac combo. Supersized." "What would you like to drink?" "Diet coke."

Re:WiFi from McDonald's? (0, Offtopic)

Evangelion (2145) | about 9 years ago | (#13816215)

Hey, some of us like the taste of Asparteme!

Re:WiFi from McDonald's? (0)

Bueller_007 (535588) | about 9 years ago | (#13816149)

Yeah, kids'll get hand cancer instead of bowel cancer.

Much better.

Typical order (1, Funny)

Bananatree3 (872975) | about 9 years ago | (#13815999)

[customer] I will have a number 1 combo with a Coke, please

[17-year old cashier] Would you like to supersize your Wi-Fi Connection for only 2.99$?

Re:Typical order (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816050)

wow that sucked.

Re:Typical order (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816239)

Doesn't he/she know you can only order a number 2?

Obesity (5, Funny)

LaughingCoder (914424) | about 9 years ago | (#13816000)

This could bring the obesity problem to a whole new level. Congratulations - you've reached level 4! You can go up to the counter and pick up your FREE icecream sundae! Level 5 wins a free value meal. Level 6 is a large softdrink.

Large softdrink (1)

jurt1235 (834677) | about 9 years ago | (#13816027)

And in the little print at the bottom: Diet drinks are excluded from this promotional offer.

Re:Obesity (1)

Threni (635302) | about 9 years ago | (#13816037)

Level 7 is free diabetes treatment and cosmetic surgery to give you a fighting chance of looking attractive enough for someone to want to fsck you ever again! Have a nice day!

Re:Obesity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816066)

Level 7: You get a job making fries.

Re:Obesity (1, Funny)

BushCheney08 (917605) | about 9 years ago | (#13816278)

Valkyrie needs food, badly.

War-porking anyone? (1, Funny)

Chilliwilli (114962) | about 9 years ago | (#13816001)


Wow (2, Insightful)

Dekortage (697532) | about 9 years ago | (#13816003)

Won't the DS get all greasy and slippery when you try to each french fries while playing? I like the "Official photo of a DS gamer enjoying online play at McDonald's" -- all he has is a drink, and he appears to be holding the DS as if he's watching a movie.

Does this mean kiddies are going to get free games in their Happy Meals? Just what we need: more crappy DS games.

And, from the article: "Beginning with free access at participating McDonald's, we have removed one of the major barriers that have kept people from going online to play games." Yeah, that's what I was waiting for: intense gaming at a crummy fast food joint. Thank God for McDonald's!

Greasy (1)

jurt1235 (834677) | about 9 years ago | (#13816059)

They provide napkins, and you can wash your hands at the toilet! It is more that in a busy MD they want to keep the flow of the customers going, so if some people take up a few tables with their DS, MD will sell less in the long run in the rush hours (customer thought: No table again, next time I will go somewhere else: PizzaHut, YEAH).

Re:Greasy (2, Funny)

stanmann (602645) | about 9 years ago | (#13816171)

I much prefer to wash my hands at the sink, but I guess in MD you do things differently.

Re:Wow (1)

ShadowMarth (870657) | about 9 years ago | (#13816145)

So? You take a risk of spilling coffe on your laptop if you do it in a coffee house, so you just have to take care of your electronics. Besides, what's with your banging of the DS lineup. Seriously, several hundred thousand more hotspots and you're unhappy?

this is news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816015)

they've had this here for a few years now

This won't last (5, Insightful)

troll (4326) | about 9 years ago | (#13816049)

It'll be good in the short run, but when the table turnaround (profit/table) drops because someone is occupying that space 'playing games' and a (new) paying customer has no place to sit, McDonald's may just decide to 're-evaluate' their position.

Re:This won't last (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816082)

It's a way to try and keep a younger generation eating there. Because of all this hype about eating healthy, they have lost a lot of their more youthful market-base. If you have seen Super-size Me, McDonald's tries really hard to get kids to eat there, because then they (and their families) eat there for life.

Re:This won't last (2, Insightful)

terraformer (617565) | about 9 years ago | (#13816106)

In most non urban (ie; suburban) areas (where all the little rug rats tend to inhabit), I bet the drive through is used far more regularly and the tables go mostly unoccupied. This will likely not hurt those areas as much say starbucks gets hit with the wifi.

Re:This won't last (0)

danpsmith (922127) | about 9 years ago | (#13816208)

People actually bother to sit at McDonalds? I always figured you had to be so ashamed you are eating it that it was proper to eat in the car...

wait wait wait (4, Insightful)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13816060)

pushing crappy food and inactivity all at once? What a combo!

What they need to sponsor are DDR competitions. Get enough people dancing and bopping, and bipping and hopping and they'll get in shape soon enough.


Re:wait wait wait (2, Interesting)

frank378 (736832) | about 9 years ago | (#13816124)

Agreed, they've started selling salads and healthier offerings (what isn't healthier than a mound of fried greasy stuff) but I have to think it's going to be a tough sell to their regular customer base. The people that already go to McGrease go there for...the grease. People that don't subscribe to the fast food diet wouldn't be caught dead in this place.

Anyway, to the topic at hand, video games for the kids is just an attempt at winning hearts and minds to get another generation addicted to McGrease and we all know it.

Re:wait wait wait (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13816139)

No way, I thought the clown was just a tax writeoff :-)

Besides, we all know subway is better... unless you check the sodium in the bread...


Re:wait wait wait (1)

somersault (912633) | about 9 years ago | (#13816216)

I thought that people went there for convenience rather than the grease.. anyway I try to avoid McDonalds, their fries are crappy and rubbery.. give me a good ol Burger King any day *drool*. Though even saying that, I only go to BK once every few months these days. I still like the idea of being bored in town, seeing a McDonalds and having a quick network game. Though presumably I can just stay inside and get this over my own wireless, so I could just stay at home all the time and save the hassle of walking around. And I'm not fat by the way =p

Re:wait wait wait (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816281)

they've started? most mcdonalds i have been in have been selling salads for many, many years.

Re:wait wait wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816153)

The problem is, anyone who NEEDS to play DDR should not do so in public!

Re:wait wait wait (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13816198)

bah, I'd rather see fat people [myself included there] doing something active then just sitting there getting fatter, taking up more room on public transit.

Only reason I don't play DDR [other than lack of a DDR machine within 30km of my house] is that I suck at it and it's embarassing. If I had an ounce of co-ordination I'd be a DDR master.


Re:wait wait wait (0)

Zombie (8332) | about 9 years ago | (#13816292)

Call Subway with that idea...

Re:wait wait wait (1)

abaddon3k (910984) | about 9 years ago | (#13816230)

ACTUALLY, at a McDonald's in my area that was recently re-done, they put a DDR machine in. I have yet to go there, but you would think that it would be bad for business, attracting all of those DDR rats in.

Can America get any fatter? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816064)

This is great! Kids are getting fatter and dumber, and this is the only obvious step forward Nintendo and McFat to join forces. The next handheld is going to have bigger buttons that blink when you should press them so that the morbidly obese kiddies can still make donkey kong jump up and down with the tapered fat fingers. The blinking lights will guide them by appealing to thier rampant ADD.

Re:Can America get any fatter? (1, Funny)

winsomecowboy (618889) | about 9 years ago | (#13816143)

There could be a pavlovian response. You could sidle up to a fat kid at a bus stop, look him in the eye and say N-i-n-t-e-n-d-o and watch him drool uncontrollably.

It's bad enough taking children to McDonald's... (3, Insightful)

IronChefMorimoto (691038) | about 9 years ago | (#13816079)

...for exercise on the playground AFTER a greasy Happy Meal. Now we're just taking out the exercise and letting the kids wallow with their WiFi and Nintendos after their Happy Meals. Nice...


Perfect way to find other players (3, Insightful)

Alcimedes (398213) | about 9 years ago | (#13816089)

This would be pretty good a providing a pool of other players in about the same age group etc. for kids to play with. The only thing that bothers me is that rather than going to eat shitty food then running around in the play area, these little tubs of soon to be lard will be eating shit then sitting on their asses playing video games.

Knowing the average parent today, as long as little Timmy shuts up, that will work just fine.

-1, Flamebait (0, Offtopic)

Ray Alloc (835739) | about 9 years ago | (#13816103)

There can't be any joke on Slashdot.
Slashdot is a serious site.
Don't laugh.

a truly sad day (3, Funny)

jkind (922585) | about 9 years ago | (#13816105)

Before: Take children to Mcdonalds and put them in the bouncy ball room for 10 mins, before giving children Big Mac combo.
Now: Take children to Mcdonalds and give them Big Mac combo, then let them surf..
The world is slowly getting so fat it's going to spin out of orbit..

Re:a truly sad day (0)

elm3r (831611) | about 9 years ago | (#13816299)

honestly: I'd rather sit and get fat, then be subjected to the unknown horrors of that bouncy-ball pit...

Re:a truly sad day (1)

meringuoid (568297) | about 9 years ago | (#13816308)

The world is slowly getting so fat it's going to spin out of orbit..

No, not the world; just one particular landmass in the Northern Hemisphere.

That won't spin us out of orbit, but the imbalance of mass with so much blubber concentrated on one continent might well lead the axis to wobble all over the place. Keep an eye on Sirius, it's your new North Star...

Does the DS even have a web browser? (1)

DrXym (126579) | about 9 years ago | (#13816118)

Or is this sufficient to allow you to download extra content from + partners with all other domains being offlimits?

How will this be limited to the DS? (1)

jjeffrey (558890) | about 9 years ago | (#13816138)

Anyone have any idea how this will be limited to the DS?

The only standards compliant ways I can think of would be to:

*Use MAC address filtering and limit to Nintendo ranges, in which case you can spoof the MAC on your wi-fi card to get access.

*Place a client on each DS containing a private key and a certificate, and set the gateway to authenticate each IP before allowing access. It's like DRM - if you give people the key, even hidden in a console, they will eventually find it and gain access.

*Secret WEP/WPA key embedded in to each DS? Again sooner or later the key will out?

*A very modified gateway and akey derived from the MAC address and some secret string hashed? Can you even have multiple keys on one network if you don't care about hosts talking direct to each other?

But I suppose they aren't restricted to staying standards compliant...

But if they don't, is there anyway to attach a NIC to a DS and get it to route?

I realise that it probably isn't even worth trying any of this. I just don't like McDonalds :) Also, free to use WiFi points are very few and far between in the UK. I can't help feeling that more bars/pubs/starbucks shoud provide it for free - it keeps you in there!

Re:How will this be limited to the DS? (1)

Tetrad_of_doom (750972) | about 9 years ago | (#13816211)

*Use MAC address filtering and limit to Nintendo ranges, in which case you can spoof the MAC on your wi-fi card to get access.

The key to their plan is to use BIG MAC filtering. They don't care if you bring your laptop, as long as you buy a big mac, you can access the network.

Re:How will this be limited to the DS? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | about 9 years ago | (#13816294)

Who said they were even using TCP/IP from the DS to the AP?

I'm thinking the following:

Only allow access to *
Use a different protocol for DS communications, and only allow traffic on those ports.

Besides, I've been in a McD's with WiFi, using the laptop. Any HTTP access is stopped right there, along with other protocols. I'd think they'd just open the port(s) for DS communications to free access. So, a DS emu would work...

Joke - I have heard this song before... (1)

RancidMilk (872628) | about 9 years ago | (#13816141)

"Everybody loves a clown so wi-fi you...?"

Ronald, can I crash at your place tonight? (0)

name*censored* (884880) | about 9 years ago | (#13816144)

As if fat nerds need any less encouragement to leave McDonalds. Then again, maybe that was the idea all along.... hmmm... McStudio apartments?

Whatever (1)

wobedraggled (549225) | about 9 years ago | (#13816146)

You can also play from HOME. Cook some tofu burgers and be comfy, who in hell would sit at McD'a and play games?

Re:Whatever (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 9 years ago | (#13816348)

Cook some tofu burgers and be comfy, who in hell would sit at McD's and play games?

Who in hell can be comfy eating tofu burgers?

Different strokes, different folks, Ace. Judge not lest ye be judged.

That's why I only do one show a night.... (1, Redundant)

Qfix (882173) | about 9 years ago | (#13816174)

(insert laugh track here)

Everyone so worried (1)

NoWhere Man (68627) | about 9 years ago | (#13816175)

First off - McWIFI was the first "joke" that poped into my head. It'll prolly be under the chicken nuggets on the menu.

Seriously though - I see why people are worried. It'll drive people to Rauchin Ronney's in droves for free wifi. And they are bound to stay there for a few hours and eat nothing but greesey food.

But I think for the most part, people who eat there don't really need a reason to go. They'll just go naturally.
Problem is going to be getting people to leave - there will be no room for new customers because the guys with the laptops have been there for hours instead of scarfing down thier food in 10 minutes...

Forget about the "potential jokes" (2, Funny)

DingerX (847589) | about 9 years ago | (#13816194)

and think about the practical ones:

A) Hack your Nintendogs to introduce new behavior in online play, viz., your NintendRhodesianRidgeback runs down and eats NintendChihuahuas and McToyPoodles.
Packet Injection attacks to replace Mario with something, uh, a little less "Kid-friendly" (play fair now)

Evil messages: "Billy, this is the happy leprachaun. Put your bigmac in mommy's purse".
The possibilities are endless!

eh (1)

Vodak (119225) | about 9 years ago | (#13816196)

eh. This will be used as an example to desribe eveything that is wrong with large corprate entitites.

"Nintendo is helping to make American's Fat"

Restricting access (similar to Spanish restrooms) (5, Interesting)

knopf (894888) | about 9 years ago | (#13816202)

It's quite simple to make money out of this: In Spains tourist lots, the restroom is looked by a numer key lock. The access code is changing on a regular basis (e.g., hourly). If you want to use the restroom, you have to buy something, because the code is automatically printed on the receipt.

They will do the same for the wireless access. They print the current access code (user & pass) on the receipt and reset the system every 30 mins. Btw. if you think, you just buy something small, that's exactly where McD has huge margins. So a Coke or ice cream every 30 mins for surfing generates enough money for maintaining the WiFi net.

However, it will be fun to see all gamers run for an ice cream at the same time every 30 mins :-)

Oh, so that means we'll be seeing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13816266)

a DS port of the Mc Donald's Treasuer Land Adventure [] game?

Yay (0)

danpsmith (922127) | about 9 years ago | (#13816268)

Now our kids will be hooked on bad food and bad games...All at the same time. (And you thought that stupid jungle gym they had was bad).

Cleaning? (3, Interesting)

BenjyD (316700) | about 9 years ago | (#13816271)

Can you imagine what a DS is going to look like after 30 minutes playing in the hands of a kid eating a Big Mac, fries and ketchup? Maybe McDonalds is planning to make a profit on with a DS cleaning service?

Personally, I wish McDs would just go out of business so I wouldn't have to put up with that horrendous smell of grease permeating every shopping centre.

Well it's about time... (1)

Perdition (208487) | about 9 years ago | (#13816277)

Now I can get my Donkey Kong and my Donkey Burger at the same place! Thanks, McTendo!

Big Deal (1)

MaelstromX (739241) | about 9 years ago | (#13816297)

Many Krystal [] locations offer free wi-fi to anybody, with better food to boot.

upside and downside (1)

andrewbillits (882798) | about 9 years ago | (#13816322)

the upside is that mcdonalds will actually have people eating inside now besides men who left the house early to get away from the wife. The downside is that they may have a problem getting people to leave. sir, you've been here for three hours [cust] I HAVE TO FINISH LEVEL THREE!!!

It would just be kind of cool (2, Funny)

syntap (242090) | about 9 years ago | (#13816324)

do be sitting in a McDonald's with my Nintendo DS, playing an applet-ed or emulated version of BurgerTime that I downloaded using my McDonald's WIFI connection.

Will they offer both regular and diet WIFI?

WiFi at McDonalds? (1)

8127972 (73495) | about 9 years ago | (#13816355)

Think of all of the MP3's and movies that I can download without the RIAA or the MPAA catching me. Thanks guys!
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