Cooking Mama: Cookstar cryptomining controversy

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Just because a game got delisted near-instantly doesn't mean it has cryptominers in it. Besides, nobody wants an Abstractism 20XX anymore.

On March 26th, 2020, Cooking Mama: Cookstar, the sixth main instalment in the cooking simulation franchise Cooking Mama, was officially published by Planet Digital Partners for the Nintendo Switch. However, a week later, the game was officially delisted from the Nintendo eShop and all surviving copies were recalled by major retailers, causing some people to speculate that the game has a hidden cryptominer installed into its files.

What Happened?

On April 3, 2020, despite being released, the game was not available in the Nintendo eShop in the United States and Europe, while physical copies of the game could only be found in limited locations and as offers from third-party sellers on Amazon.

A day later, in a /v/ thread dedicated to the game not being available despite the release, an anonymous 4chan user wrote that the game "might have a [cryptocurrency] miner built-in," citing a "hotshot in the Switch homebrew scene". The thread received over 530 replies, with the post gaining 17 replies.[1]

A day later, the rumour of Cooking Mama: Cookstar having cryptomining code built into it reached Twitter. On that day, Twitter user @Gay_Furby posted the earliest known viral post about the claims, with the tweet gaining over 2,900 retweets and 9,700 likes.[2] Later on the same day, Twitter user @MorshuMmm posted a screenshot of a Discord message that received over 9,500 retweets and 21,900 likes.[3]

Aftermath

On the same day that the controversy reached its peak, several Twitter users, including @itssimontime and @Wunkolo, stated that the game analysis showed no indication that the game contains malicious code and that even if it does have it, it'd be literally useless as the Switch is way too weak to even support the most basic cryptominer.[4][5] Later on the same day, the game's developer 1st Playable Productions stated that despite the developers previously exploring options for implementation of blockchain technology into the game, the game did not use crypto-based technology and that it was pulled from the eShop due to an ongoing dispute between it and Office Create Corp., the creator and previous owner of the franchise.[6]

A day later, one of the developers working on the game, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed in an exclusive interview with ScreenRant that the crypto-currency mining rumours around the game were false, alleging this was just "fancy language" used by the publishers.[7]

"The statement about crypto-currency was all buzz words. The head of Planet Entertainment knows very little about these things ... he just put some fancy language to get potential investors who like that stuff.", he said.

He also revealed that during the ongoing dispute between its publisher Planet Digital and Office Create, the former published the game on its release day anyway without giving 1st Playable time to polish and debug it. This naturally made the latter infuriated and forcing them to recall all digital and physical copies of the game.

Trivia

A cryptominer is a virus that steals CPU processing resources using the vulnerablilites of the hardware.

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Comments


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SpazJR61

13 months ago
Score 7
This conspiracy theory from 4chan, what did you expect?
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Paprika

13 months ago
Score 7
This is unbelievably stupid. The Switch isn't even capable of mining cryptocurrency like a PC is. People really need to stop using 4Chan as a source.
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SpazJR61

13 months ago
Score 2

Weak graphics cards are not capable for mining.

Mining cards are minimum Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon RX 470.
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Url8

7 months ago
Score 1
Even that is too weak! You basically need the 7 Chaos Emeralds for cryptocurrency mining in this age!
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Vicious187

13 months ago
Score 3
So much my high hopes of a new cooking mama game. You really had me there 4chan.
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Mr. Dready

12 months ago
Score 1
I don’t really get it, what is Cryptomining anyway?
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Danetheheroofworlds

12 months ago
Score 1
Put simply, cryptomining is the act of installing malicious software onto a PC in order to use it to extract cryptocurrency (currency used on dark web domains to purchase items online safely, but not officially approved and validated by governments)
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Danetheheroofworlds

12 months ago
Score 1
To be honest, I don't know whether to delete this page or not, since we already have the Cooking Mama Cookstar page on this wiki (the intro to this article is literally copy-pasted from the Cookstar page), and, as many comments stated, this turned out to be nothing more than a random 4chan claim turned into a conspiracy theory and then a rumor, which was eventually debunked, meaning that, regardless of how based on truth it is, it doesn't respect the regulations on the Terrible Moments in Gaming History category, of which the articles are all based on true, documented and verifiable facts.
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Rath460

12 months ago
Score 1
It's a gaming-based controversy, so it stays.
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Danetheheroofworlds

12 months ago
Score 1
Okay, sorry if I did anything or if I disturbed
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Grand Albert

12 months ago
Score 1
So was the game actually delisted because it sucked?
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 2
No, because of of false accusations that the game contained malware to turn your Switch into a cryptocurrency miner.
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Grand Albert

12 months ago
Score 1
The caption of the image and the first paragraph say that first the games got delisted and then a theory claiming the cause of it being delisted was it contained cryptomining malware arose.
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Grand Albert

12 months ago
Score 1
Also, does anyone know of the flash P.E.T.A. version of "Cooking Mama"?
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 1
Bloody and graphic as hell. Depicts everyone that cooks meat as a murderer and vegans as flawless angels.
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Grand Albert

12 months ago
Score 1

XD

Wow, you know it. I thought I was the only one. I had a screenshot ready for you in case you didn't. Funny that I kind of enjoy the minigames but my alimentary habits did not change one bit and I still think tofu is absolutely uninviting. Clamorous failing by P.E.T.A. when I played it.
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CircleyDoesExtracter

10 months ago
Score 2
4Chan shouldn't be used for the source... Cryptocurrency...
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Code yellow

22 days ago
Score 0
WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS!!?!??!?

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