From MY OWN STATE:
If your kids play interactive video games, like the Nintendo Wii, be on the lookout. The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force is warning of predators using games like, "Animal Crossing- City Folk," to target kids.
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.
You probably have told your kids never to talk to strangers, but when playing, the heart of the game is building relationships with the animals in your town as well as other players. To really reach the next level, the game urges you to exchange letters, gifts, and favors.
Anderson says it is going to take parents paying attention to keep this problem from exploding.
"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," Anderson explains.
Right now, we only know of the three Missouri children who have been contacted. Anderson says this is not something to be paranoid about, but to be aware.
This warning includes any web-based game that allows instant messaging or voice-over IP.
…wow. FIRST OFF, YOU CAN'T PLAY ONLINE WITH RANDOM PEOPLE (FRIEND CODES ANYONE?!).
Second off, I'm a pedophile and shouldn't play this game because KIDS PLAY IT TOO?! What kind of logic is that? This isn't the first time I've seen them say such things as this. I almost cringe every time I watch the news and hear them bring up video games (like how I'm a pedophile for using pictochat on my DS IN MY OWN HOME because I could "possibly" be sending images (impossible) and other dirty info while luring a child that has to be within 30 FEET of me. No, but of course I only like cartoons and video game because I can't wait to get little children :getlost:
This is pretty stupid. Actually, things like these may have helped be the deciding factor in me only ordering games online ("EW! PRINCESS PEACH! *** HOW COULD YOU PLAY THAT YOU HOMO ****? ANIMAL CROSSING? TOTAL PEDO!).
Oh, and if after I'm done and this rant doesn't make too much sense, I'm kinda tired but angry so...XD