Well, indirectly that is. Sort of.
Once again browsing the net when I found a rather interesting article. We all know about PS2 and some of us have wondered how the heck did they come up with this little gem to give us multitudes of fun right in our home. One thing that makes up said little gem is a metal called coltan. Coltan, when refined turns into tantalum and is used in the manufacturing of electronic devices.
Now, this coltan is extensively found in Democratic Republic of Congo. With the ore in high demand, especially for the PS2 (I mean come on, they sold millions of these), the military in charge of the area and even western companies have forced prisoners-of-war and even children to go to mines and gather the much needed ore.
Yes you heard right. Children sent down in mines.
“”Kids in Congo were being sent down mines to die so that kids in Europe and America could kill imaginary aliens in their living rooms,” said Ex-British Parliament Member Oona King.”
While SONY denies using coltan from the Congo for their more recent PS2 units and other products of the Playstation lineup, the ore is usually traded and passed around many times so the origin of the ore is quite hard to determine. Not that a lot of companies would care to find out.
Now ain’t that somethin’? People who own a PS2, don’t you just feel goosebumps coming along? Someone might have died just so you can have your box of fun. Well I sure did. I swear, I’ll never look at a PS2 the same ever again. Thank you SONY and other companies, for being so incredibly ignorant.