Posts Tagged ‘kids & games’

Only sexual predators use Animal Crossing

March 17, 2009

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: (more…)

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Children heart violent games

March 2, 2009

Filed under “no duh”:

A study published today in Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that across the board, no matter gender or age, a game age restriction labels and descriptions of violent gameplay more eager to playing a game.

The forbidden fruit effect. Also see DARE, R-rated movies, late night television, staying up after bedtime, etc.

The study included 310 Dutch children ages 7 to 17.

Mmmmmm... Forbidden Fruit

Mmmmmm... Forbidden Fruit

Other stories:

Chicago Tribune:Video game violence warnings make kids more likely to want to play, study says

Kotaku:Study: Children Desire Mature-Rated Games