Police Say Adults Shouldn't Own Animal Crossing

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Police Say Adults Shouldn't Own Animal Crossing

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Police in Missouri have put a new twist on age-inappropriate gaming by saying there is "no reason" adults would own games like Animal Crossing unless they're using them as pedophile bait.

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force is warning parents about online predators who use games like Animal Crossing: City Folk to connect with kids across the country. Parents tell their kids to never talk to strangers, but a report by ABC affiliate KMIZ says interacting with both in-game animals and other players is "the heart of the game," and that "to really reach the next level, the game urges you to exchange letters, gifts and favors." But what kind of favors, exactly?

The evil, child-molesting kind, apparently. "There is no reason an adult should have this game," said Task Force Coordinator Andy Anderson. He added that adults who own Animal Crossing and similar games likely have them for "the wrong reasons." Evil, child-molesting reasons, no doubt.

Susan Arendt of The Escapist noted that direct communication between players could only take place under certain, easily controlled circumstances. "You can't talk to anyone unless you have their friend code," she said, prompting at least one observer to wonder exactly how, and why, she knows so much about the game.

Anderson said it will be up to parents to keep this problem from "exploding," not because it's part of their inherent child-rearing responsibilities but because Sony just will not drop the price on the friggin' PlayStation 3. Do you have any idea how much that thing costs? "The equipment is real expensive and we cannot afford to buy all of the systems and do not have the resources either to examine all of the possibilities," he said.

Rumors that Missouri has been pestering Nebraska to go halfsies on a new Xbox 360 remain unconfirmed.

via: GamePolitics

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People really should research the topics they want to make statements about more. Apperantly they barely knew anything about the game before they started shouting about it.

Yea, just stupid idiots trying to make a fuss.

Not sure I got the PS3 comment and what he was trying to say...

"Susan Arendt of The Escapist noted that direct communication between players could only take place under certain, easily controlled circumstances. "You can't talk to anyone unless you have their friend code," she said, prompting at least one observer to wonder exactly how, and why, she knows so much about the game. "

Be careful everyone, Susan is preying on you.

.... This seriously sounds like an April Fools joke. I mean my mom plays the Wii and I'm pretty sure that shes not a pedophile.

i feel ashamed being from Missouri this is just bloody stupid

report was by abc nuff said as they the British equivalent of the daily mail.

bue519:
.... This seriously sounds like an April Fools joke. I mean my mom plays the Wii and I'm pretty sure that shes not a pedophile.

lol same...

When it comes to pursuing sex offenders via the internet...I'm hard pressed to think of a target MORE off-center than Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing the new Pantou the Dog? (look it up XD )

Brotherofwill:
Yea, just stupid idiots trying to make a fuss.

Not sure I got the PS3 comment and what he was trying to say...

read the last three paragraphs along the lines of an Onion article and you'll probably get the joke. it's a jab at PS3 prices and the real joke is that the article veers off course while keeping its tone, in much the same way that Onion articles often do.

Cousin_IT:
Animal Crossing the new Pantou the Dog? (look it up XD )

Should I be afraid to look that up?

bue519:
.... This seriously sounds like an April Fools joke. I mean my mom plays the Wii and I'm pretty sure that shes not a pedophile.

Oh, I wouldn't be too sure. =P
But Wii is allready stampled by everyone to be for "soccer moms"

But I do agree. This sounds like someone just had some fun. It can't really be the law enforcers who said this. I mean, I see why he would say that. As for many other networks having been exploited in similare ways. But rushing out and yell pedophilia-tool like this just can't be real.

People find the oddest tings to blame now a days

Brotherofwill:
Yea, just stupid idiots trying to make a fuss.

Heh heh, seriously. The Animal Crossing series has been great, albeit a bit pointless in my opinion. Kinda sad they're focusing on this idiocy when anything that allows access to the internet could technically be used by predators.

Not sure I got the PS3 comment and what he was trying to say...

That confused me as well. Although I'm sure if they get it, they will dub Home as a front for a child pornography ring or something equally ridiculous.

Damn kids get off my lawn. And my internet. When are we going to stop blaming everything and start educating them?

oliveira8:

Cousin_IT:
Animal Crossing the new Pantou the Dog? (look it up XD )

Should I be afraid to look that up?

only if u dont get British comedy

hmm, my calender must be wrong, cause according to my calender it isnt 1st april...

Inriri:
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Very appropriate image.

And I JUST bought this game on Friday.

DAMMIT.

Me and my girlfriend love it, and I'm PRETTY SURE we're not interested in child molestation, but then again, I guess police in Missouri would know best...

i think missouri should take it a step further. screw the video game, i don't think adults should have any contact with children whatsoever. it is the only way we can be absolutely sure no sneaky pedophiles do them harm. let them fend for themselves, i mean, look how well it worked out in "Lord of the Flies", right?

I am shocked. I like not this news, bring me different news!

Adults should be playing with proper furries on Second Life...

Cousin_IT:

oliveira8:

Cousin_IT:
Animal Crossing the new Pantou the Dog? (look it up XD )

Should I be afraid to look that up?

only if u dont get British comedy

Hahah funny. :P

I sense an incoming Roflmao...

There we go.

No one should own Animal Crossing, it's awful!

I am gonna get bitched out for this but what's up with all these stories covering "Moral Guardians" trying to protect their children, they offer nothing to actual gaming except to stir up hate... [yeah, I'm back so I can leave]

So now they put a maximum age limit on games? What has the world come to?

Cousin_IT:
Animal Crossing the new Pantou the Dog? (look it up XD )

Hahaha, just what I was thinking. Seems like HOECS games are on the rise....
Rediculous.

Every time I think people have gotten as stupid as they can get, some moron comes along and proves me wrong. This guy is so dumb, I think I lost IQ points just reading his statements. How the hell does he remember how to put his pants on in the morning?

Next they're going to announce that no one over the age of 12 should be posting or talking on The Escapist. Kids and adults are going to run into one another on the interwebs. I don't even keep track of the age of people who've friended me, but I doubt all of them are 18 or older.

The safest bet is to just remind your kids, over and over, that no socially stable adult is going to want to call someone underage or hang out in a non-public place. Argue about games or play online, sure, what difference does it make? But otherwise you're crossing into sketchy territory no matter who the person is.

Ionami:

Inriri:
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Very appropriate image.

And I JUST bought this game on Friday.

DAMMIT.

Me and my girlfriend love it, and I'm PRETTY SURE we're not interested in child molestation, but then again, I guess police in Missouri would know best...

Admitting you have a problem is the first step. I bet you went to see Wall-E, too. You nasty, nasty man, trying to sit in a dark room with all those children. ;P

Seriously, this is ridonkulous.

ha ha haaaaaaaaa ha ha ha ha aaaaah hhaaaaa. i love it when the public TRY, important word there TRY, to understand our world and TRY to claim that they are right. its actualy rather funny.

ZP---Fanatic:

bue519:
.... This seriously sounds like an April Fools joke. I mean my mom plays the Wii and I'm pretty sure that shes not a pedophile.

lol same...

You two should be afraid, lock your doors at night.

ironfist86:
i think missouri should take it a step further. screw the video game, i don't think adults should have any contact with children whatsoever. it is the only way we can be absolutely sure no sneaky pedophiles do them harm. let them fend for themselves, i mean, look how well it worked out in "Lord of the Flies", right?

WIN =D

ironfist86:
i think missouri should take it a step further. screw the video game, i don't think adults should have any contact with children whatsoever. it is the only way we can be absolutely sure no sneaky pedophiles do them harm. let them fend for themselves, i mean, look how well it worked out in "Lord of the Flies", right?

There is a great South Park episode about this. I forget which season it's in, but the parents are so worried about pedophilia they stop the kids from hanging out near any adults, withdraw them from school,and eventually build a wall around their town to keep the pedos out. The fear then escalates so much that the parents send the kids to live in the wilderness away from all adults because the parents can't even trust themselves to not rape their kids. Funny epidsode.

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