I’ve never been a fan of local television news. Mostly because they make you wait through commercials before they answer questions they pose, such as, “Can your refrigerator be killing you?” Come on! Tell me now, I was just visit accused death trap for some life-sustaining food! Am I making a mistake!
But I digress. In another bout of outlandish sensationalism a Columbia, Missouri news program has Nintendo in its crosshairs. Their threat this time is their second favorite behind the threat of death… the threat of sexual predators.
KMIZ is reporting claims by the obviously uninformed Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force that Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Wii is being used by sexual predators to target children.
What makes it obvious that neither the reporters or the cops have played the game is quotes like this:
Using the game you create a character and create your own town and house. When hooked up to the internet you can talk to anyone across the country. Kids playing the game have no control over what other players might be saying. For example, the character we ran across could be the man in California police are warning about.
“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.
Now anyone familiar with Nintendo’s systems and their Internet connectivity knows that Nintendo’s main priority with online games is preventing this type of activity. They use friend codes, which make it IMPOSSIBLE to play with random people. My system has a code, and your system has a code. We have to input each others codes in order to be visible to each other online. So it is IMPOSSIBLE for sexual predators to lurk about in Nintendo’s virtual worlds.
I’ve never played Animal Crossing, but I know at least five adults who enjoy the game. I guarantee you that none of them are sexual predators. This Missourian jackass seems to think that the only ends to playing online games is to find potential victims.
And maybe the cops are the victims here. Wading through the Internet filth to catch real sexual predators have caused their brains to be rewired to see scumbags in every shadow.
But challenging these accusations is the job of the media, who really dropped the ball here. Do news stations take the time to report anymore? Or are they just mouthpieces that repeat whatever drivel they hear.
Thanks to PushDustIn at Katamari Democracy for turning me on to this story.
If you’re unfamiliar with Animal Crossing, here is a video review from IGN: