Nickelodeon Taken To Task For "Inappropriate" Game Links

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Nickelodeon Taken To Task For "Inappropriate" Game Links

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A consumer advocacy group is campaigning to stop Nick.com and Nickjr.com from linking to AddictingGames.com because it hosts some "naughty games."

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a group which aims to stop the effect that corporate marketing has on children. Based in Boston, this group has a list of several dozen campaigns such as "CCFC to Nick and Burger King: SpongeBob and Sexualization Don't Mix!" and "Stop PG-13 Blockbusters from Targeting Preschoolers". The group has now targeted Nick.com for promoting its sister-site, AddictingGames.com, because the latter site contains "sexualized and violent" flash games like Sorority Panty Raid, Naughty Classroom and Perry the Sneak. CCFC requests that NickJr.com and Nick.com stop linking to such content "to children as young as preschoolers."

From CCFC's petition to Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President, Digital, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group:

I am shocked that Nickelodeon would direct kids to a website where they can play games like Bloody Day, which boasts 'back alley butchering has never been so fun,' or play the role of a leering peeping Tom in Perry the Sneak.

Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, bought the group which controls AddictingGames in 2006, and it's theoretically within their power to keep a short leash on what kind of games the site features. Nick.com never directly links to the games in question, they must be found manually.

I have to admit that games like Perry the Sneak are pretty disturbing, and are inappropriate for young children. Do we really want to train children at such a young age that scantily clad women are only a few clicks away?

Oh never mind, they're already on the internet. It's only a matter of time.

Source: GamePolitics

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Where else are kids going to learn about back alley butchering? I say its a valuable life skill!

Ha! Thats pretty funny.

I wish I had those games when I was little.

Naughty Classroom isn't that bad...

Allegedly. I wouldn't know for sure as I've never played it.

Greg Tito:
Nick.com never directly links to the games in question, they must be found manually.

In other words, parent advocacy groups get their panties in a twist for no real reason again. LEAVE NICKELODEON ALONE!!!

I am only only happy because I h e had a hatred of Nickelodeon since they stop showing Hey Arnold and Invader Zim.

The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.

Odds are the kids aren't going to be clicking on the damn things in the first place. Why is it that "concerned parents" get all angry about something every five minutes? Oh yeah, this is their largest contribution to society.

Instead of censoring the world around them, why don't parents parent their own fucking children! Seriously, who lets a preschooler free-roam on the internet unsupervised anyway?

Parents have no sense these days...

Are those games really that bad?

I ain't checking.

So the kids are already allowed unmonitored internet access, and NOW the parents are worried?

This is stupid. it makes me sad for mankind

They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.

Uh, Nickelodeon. The guys behind Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender?

Admittedly, they're the cream of the crop and aimed (well, the second one at least, but watch the Halloween Spooktacular and tell me Invader Zim wasn't seriously fucked up) at older audiences. But my comment still stands, there's nothing on AddictingGames that could honestly be called worse.

When I was their age, I didn't even have a computer!

There was a game about gunning down people in bloody gore, and doing it more often gives you better guns. You can also click on the needle attachment, which gives you an adrenalin rush (and more points!). This was on the front page of AddictingGames, along with a game about spanking naughty celebrities. Honestly, the CCFC did not have to look far.

And a kid could very easily come across this. After all, Nick is kid-safe and there's a link with 'games' written in the damned title.

Instead of stating the same ol', I'll quote Darthzew up there:

darthzew:
They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.

Damn political nutjobs...

*goes to find Sorority Panty Raid*

Oh, boo hoo. A flash game website hosts some 'naughty' games that kids might see if they were to look hard. Wake up, CCFC. Isn't two-thirds of the whole internet occupied by porn? AddictingGames.com is the least of your worries, you might as well go after Google since you can get hundreds of pages full of tits in a few clicks on their site.

lol, I liked the ending...because it is all too true

Personally, I found the "square butts" ad quite amusing. Yes, I would probably be a terrible parent. However, I seriously doubt any younger audiences will understand the parody, so it seems kind of pointless to me.

Well, I always remember nick being the loose morale shows and Disney being the nice girl with a dark past (I'm looking at you club mickey)

Ahahahaha, fuck you Viacom.

darthzew:
They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.

Assuming this isn't sarcasm, I agree. Contrary to what some people believe, not all parents have the time to be able to watch over their kid every second of the day. I could understand the complaint that there's much safer things a child could be doing than playing on the internet, but you're not going to expect any damage to be done by allowing a kid on a child-friendly website. Not only does Addicting Games host flash games with sexual content on them, there's also some extremely violent and inappropriate games such as Kitten Cannon that they have no business playing.

One could also perhaps argue that if the child is smart enough to find the link or enter the link in to the site they're capable of doing much worse and perhaps I understand that, but this nonsense that a child should be watched every single second of every single day (while it would be perfect and extremely beneficial) is simply not practical, and some people need to lighten up.

LTK_70:
Oh, boo hoo. A flash game website hosts some 'naughty' games that kids might see if they were to look hard. Wake up, CCFC. Isn't two-thirds of the whole internet occupied by porn? AddictingGames.com is the least of your worries, you might as well go after Google since you can get hundreds of pages full of tits in a few clicks on their site.

The argument isn't about what's on the internet but rather what's accessible to small children on the internet. A five year old, much like a senior citizen, isn't as smart as you and me and while entering some jibberish on Google may link to pages of pornography, as elementary as it may be to us, a child is not going to have the capabilities of doing that. This site glorifies the games that it hosts, but then creates the opportunity for children who see the word "games" to find another site that they think they'll be interested in, and they simply don't need to be seeing murder and sex (not the act specifically) at that young of an age.

Oh never mind, they're already on the internet. It's only a matter of time.

Ah, precisely.

Seems like a pretty reasonable request to ask Nickelodeon to take down the link. Hopefully they will oblige and just be done with it. At least I didn't read in the article anything about the "magic word", which is a nice change of pace.

Daystar Clarion:
The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.

I dunno the previous generation seems just as bad about that, maybe not the political correctness but they act like everything sucks now and things were way better when there were fuel shortages and the threat of nuclear annihilation around every corner.

Personally I think there are way too many of these parental guardian groups or whatever they are. What we actually need is either responsible parents or a standardized test to see if people are parenting material. Given the fact the world is overpopulated it can only be an improvement.

And yes I do realize I just essentially backed eugenics but it's hard not to see some people are far too stupid or irresponsible to raise children.

AceDiamond:

Daystar Clarion:
The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.

I dunno the previous generation seems just as bad about that, maybe not the political correctness but they act like everything sucks now and things were way better when there were fuel shortages and the threat of nuclear annihilation around every corner.

Personally I think there are way too many of these parental guardian groups or whatever they are. What we actually need is either responsible parents or a standardized test to see if people are parenting material. Given the fact the world is overpopulated it can only be an improvement.

And yes I do realize I just essentially backed eugenics but it's hard not to see some people are far too stupid or irresponsible to raise children.

Lol, yes! WE are the perfect generation.

in my opinion theres nothing wrong with them linking a game site. Its not like they're telling the kids which games to play on.

Quaidis:
There was a game about gunning down people in bloody gore, and doing it more often gives you better guns. You can also click on the needle attachment, which gives you an adrenalin rush (and more points!). This was on the front page of AddictingGames, along with a game about spanking naughty celebrities. Honestly, the CCFC did not have to look far.

And a kid could very easily come across this. After all, Nick is kid-safe and there's a link with 'games' written in the damned title.

Instead of stating the same ol', I'll quote Darthzew up there:

darthzew:
They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.

Yeah, originally, I was kinda up in arms about the whole Political correction thing too, but taking a step back, it does seem like this stuff was way too easy to get to... I mean, it wouldn't be an issue if it didn't link from nick, but since it does...

I mean, I wouldn't like it if nickjr linked to newgrounds, for instance(old site reference is old...)

Anyway, this is the internet, so its only a matter of time before someone wandering aimlessly stumbles upon an eyeful of sumtin', and nick DID have Invader Zim(Bloody Gir easter egg, look it up.) but I'm with Darthzew and Quaidis here.

will1182:
Instead of censoring the world around them, why don't parents parent their own fucking children! Seriously, who lets a preschooler free-roam on the internet unsupervised anyway?

Parents have no sense these days...

"... wut? As a concerned parent, I refuse to do what you say! My soaps are on, and I have to be catching up on the latest celebrity gossup and sex tapes (Hint: It's Colin Ferrel!), and I have no time to do my own parenting! That's why I hired one of those Spanish nannies, who work for half an apple and three sugar cubes! You play them video games, they are corrupting your mind!"
- A Concerned Parent that refuses to do what you say.

Seriously, stop being fucking lazy and watch what your kids do. You wouldn't let your kids steal a car, or steal your coke and alcohol money, but you let them surf the internet? There ar-- HOLY SHIT IT'S A LION, GET IN THE CAR!

AceDiamond:

Daystar Clarion:
The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.

I dunno the previous generation seems just as bad about that, maybe not the political correctness but they act like everything sucks now and things were way better when there were fuel shortages and the threat of nuclear annihilation around every corner.

Personally I think there are way too many of these parental guardian groups or whatever they are. What we actually need is either responsible parents or a standardized test to see if people are parenting material. Given the fact the world is overpopulated it can only be an improvement.

And yes I do realize I just essentially backed eugenics but it's hard not to see some people are far too stupid or irresponsible to raise children.

The test: During the song "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who, when you hear them say, "Put your finger down my throat", do you think it's subliminal messaging?

Viacom owns Nickelodeon, sure, but AddictingGames? Really? I go there all the time; there are some pretty sweet games there. I do sometimes see games about Nickelodeon characters, but I never bothered to play them for obvious reasons.

The Internet:Enter at your own risk

Daystar Clarion:
The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.

well...........should I break out the copies of 1982 and A Brave New World?

seriously though, it's getting to the point that political correctness isn't even correct.

also, trivia with Viacom: MTV, you know, the underground reality TV station, since they never show any music videos anymore, is owned by Viacom, which also produced a little known show called 'America's Funniest Home Videos', with Bob Saget. now you can look at all those MTV-hXc people out there and just laugh.

I'd never even heard of the site until now. It doesn't look like something that will pull me away from Kongregate any time soon, though. Anyway, the mature-themed games have an icon to designate them as such. "Sorority Panty Raid" even has a disclaimer at the beginning. If parents are allowing their children to use the internet without any sort of supervision, then the internet isn't the problem here.

WillSimplyBe:

Quaidis:
There was a game about gunning down people in bloody gore, and doing it more often gives you better guns. You can also click on the needle attachment, which gives you an adrenalin rush (and more points!). This was on the front page of AddictingGames, along with a game about spanking naughty celebrities. Honestly, the CCFC did not have to look far.

And a kid could very easily come across this. After all, Nick is kid-safe and there's a link with 'games' written in the damned title.

Instead of stating the same ol', I'll quote Darthzew up there:

darthzew:
They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.

Yeah, originally, I was kinda up in arms about the whole Political correction thing too, but taking a step back, it does seem like this stuff was way too easy to get to... I mean, it wouldn't be an issue if it didn't link from nick, but since it does...

I mean, I wouldn't like it if nickjr linked to newgrounds, for instance(old site reference is old...)

Anyway, this is the internet, so its only a matter of time before someone wandering aimlessly stumbles upon an eyeful of sumtin', and nick DID have Invader Zim(Bloody Gir easter egg, look it up.) but I'm with Darthzew and Quaidis here.

As up-in-arms about the Internet, games and guns, I have to agree with this. It's nothing major, it's just removing a few words from the HTML coding. But I think that the CCFC is over-reacting a bit. I mean it's a simple, "Hey mind taking off this link?" "Sure, we'll get right on that." and everyone lives happily ever after. I'm sure they made a whole big deal about it for media attention, but if that's the case: They didn't get it, haven't heard anything about it anywhere else other than here. I'm mad that the took off Invader Zim as well, the bloody Gir did disturb me alittle because who's blood is it? But that shouldn't mean that I should never watch Nickelodeon again, I mean, hey they still have SpongeBob. Even there there are some adult refrences to it (well in the earlier episodes that is).

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