Only sexual predators use Animal Crossing

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:

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8 Responses to “Only sexual predators use Animal Crossing”

  1. jeff Says:

    I wonder what the correlation is between local news ratings and stories that incite fear…because this is certainly one of those stories. Actually from what you’re saying this isn’t even a story, it’s falsified reporting. Why can’t we get any real journalists on our TV’s? Cable news is just as guilty at playing to what gets ratings rather than practicing what is good journalism. It would be great if the internet put these so called TV journalists out of business over time, weatherman too.

  2. cornfedgamer Says:

    I believe the correlation is pretty strong, or else they wouldn’t be doing it. What they’re doing here is just repeating and publicizing what the police there are saying without questioning and verifying. It’s easier that way, and they probably get higher ratings at the same time, so there’s no incentive to report.

    Real journalists on TV? That’s a tall order. There’s so much in TV (hair, makeup, appearance) that is given priority over actual reporting. The media of the future will hopefully improve. The sensibilities of print journalists merging with the visuals of television available and constantly updated on a Web site.

  3. Melissa Says:

    Bear with me, because I’m not very game savvy…

    So….according to the news reports, “anyone” can just jump into your kids’ game? But you say there are safety codes. So, if my daughter wanted to play Animal Crossing (doubt it – she’s a ResEvil girl!), she would have to talk to her friend (face to face, on phone?) and get the code? I’m just clarifying that there’s no way someone can randomly get into a game, correct?

    • cornfedgamer Says:

      You would have to get the code face to face from a friend and you would BOTH have to input it to be visible. Meaning odds are you would also have to call each other to decide to play at the same time and connect. The report is inaccurate with regards to this game and Nintendo in general.

      Now PS3 and Xbox 360 are different stories, you play with random people. If you don’t like them you can mute their mikes so you can’t hear them. If your children play Xbox there are parental controls, too, so you can set it on a timer so they can only play so long, or restrict certain online features.

      There is no way a random person can get into your child’s game.

  4. Melissa Says:

    Thanks! I feel relieved and will go back to worrying about the dangers that are lurking in my refrigerator now! Or else I’ll quick go send my bank account number to that poor widow of the former Nigerian finance minister who needs me to help her safely get $12 million to a safe bank in America!

  5. cornfedgamer Says:

    haha. And now that you mention it… I looked in my refrigerator over lunch and there was one or two things in there that COULD probably kill a guy. The knife that was in the cake, for example.

  6. Jeff Says:

    i’ve got some three month old chili and little smokies in mine, i bet they would be hurt pretty fierce

  7. Jeff Says:

    suddenly i have the urge to poop

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