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Attn: Wii Pervs, Your Days of Perving are numbered!

Posted by The Linguist, 14 March 2009 · 343 views

I think we can all agree that there is no media outlet more highly informed and attuned to nuance than your local TV news. We recently had evidence of that in Missouri when they reported on a tremendous threat to our children: Child predators on the Wii!

Apparently some kids were contacted by strangers (read "perverts") online while playing Animal Crossing. The nature of this contact was not deemed relevant to the story, but the local police Internet Crimes Task Force is warning parents that their kids can be targets. These police professionals are thoroughly enmeshed in online culture and are very knowledgeable about the world of gaming in particular. In discussing Animal Crossing, for example, their spokesperson said, "There is no reason an adult should have this game." So, as we all know, any adult playing games like this, "are likely doing it for the wrong reasons."

To help the cops out I think we should report all the people who have posted in the AC threads here and maybe anyone who's ever admitted to owning a Wii. Are you with me?

Seriously though, can someone explain how a stranger even contacts a kid thru AC? Wouldn't they need to get the kid's friend code? I'm linking the story here in case anyone wants to email the reporter and tell her how half-assed a job she did.

http://www.kmiz.com/...ry.php?id=13725




I think we can all agree that there is no media outlet more highly informed and attuned to nuance than your local TV news. We recently had evidence of that in Missouri when they reported on a tremendous threat to our children: Child predators on the Wii!

Apparently some kids were contacted by strangers (read "perverts") online while playing Animal Crossing. The nature of this contact was not deemed relevant to the story, but the local police Internet Crimes Task Force is warning parents that their kids can be targets. These police professionals are thoroughly enmeshed in online culture and are very knowledgeable about the world of gaming in particular. In discussing Animal Crossing, for example, their spokesperson said, "There is no reason an adult should have this game." So, as we all know, any adult playing games like this, "are likely doing it for the wrong reasons."

To help the cops out I think we should report all the people who have posted in the AC threads here and maybe anyone who's ever admitted to owning a Wii. Are you with me?

Seriously though, can someone explain how a stranger even contacts a kid thru AC? Wouldn't they need to get the kid's friend code? I'm linking the story here in case anyone wants to email the reporter and tell her how half-assed a job she did.

http://www.kmiz.com/...ry.php?id=13725
When it comes to the media and video games, I always have to bite my tongue. This story is no different.

They obviously don't realize that friend codes are needed.
She is complete idiot. She obviously didnt do her homework. Im 22 and own a Wii and Animal Crossing and Im not a pervert. This is just the stupidity you expect from local news or FoxNews.
Is 13 too old for animal crossing?

...yes.


>_>
From the article - "There is no reason an adult should have this game," says Andy Anderson, Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. Anderson says adults playing "Animal Crossing" and similar games are likely doing it for the wrong reasons.

What a Tool! If he had his way the ESRB would have a "Minor's Only" rating. Speaking of things adults shouldn't have, how about a name like Andy Anderson? That's as original as Scott Scottsman, Will Williams, or Thomas Thomson. (If a CAG reader has one of those names I'm sure you're great and mean no disrespect.);)
Hahaha, they show Tortimer in the video "This could be the man from California sending pictures to children."

...I think I might have a new avatar.
What a load of crap. After all the effort Nintendo has made into making the online as difficult and cumbersome to use as possible to protect children this happens. I bet someone at Nintendo just gave up humanity this morning.
I always had strange suspicions about Tom Nook. Shady name in my opinion :-#
I couldn't find an email for the reporter...but you can send them comments about the story at the following URL: LINK

Gee, guess I should stop playing AC:CF. I had no idea I was a pervert!
The email for the reporter is at:
http://www.kmiz.com/...email.php?id=44
though I kinda doubt she'll benefit from constructive criticism.
lulz. If I play Animal Crossing I am doing it for the wrong reasons.
lolol
Well, I play AC as an escape, to live a different life, and to have fun. What's more wrong than that? Clearly, I'm living in a delusional world of anthropomorphic animals. And ones with whom I'm encouraged to help. Imagine if player's followed suit in real life?

Now, who wants to break the news adults designed these games, and test them out?

Actually, targeting kids is easy since many sites exist to exchange friend codes. You meet some nice folks, and some meanies. Easy for a sicko to pretend to be 10, then get to a kid. The AC DS already had losers hakcing the game to make dummy items to ruin your town. people do these things. Blaming adults is stupid. Like Andy Anderson. And these are the folks who are here to protect and serve us?
Here is the website of Andy Anderson, complete with email link. Feel free to send him an email. :)

I sent him a letter.
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