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ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« on: February 15, 2006, 09:49:30 AM »

I'm not making this up

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Keith Dunn/Internet Safety Expert: "Predators are using Nintendo DS anywhere in the world. And it's going to be really hard to track down those individuals because of course, they're on a wireless network from a hotspot such as a coffee shop. Or if they're in a wireless environment, say a coffee shop or whatever, they jump on the wireless network so now you have predators who are trying to get at our kids."

OK, let's straighten out some bullshit.

Over wi-fi, you currently have Mario Kart and Animal Crossing (Pictochat is not online).    Mario Kart has no chat.   Animal Crossing has chat beteen friends only, and you have to create the friend relationship by mutually exchanging two unique codes outside of the DS environment.

The scenario described in this article is not just unlikely, it is impossible.   The perv and the victim would need an existing relationship before they could be chatting over the internet with Nintendo Wi-Fi.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 10:14:22 AM »

Hmmm, I wondered why I was getting rear-ended so much by this one guy in Mario Kart.  Now I know.  I was being molested.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2006, 11:23:11 AM »

What a load of crap that article was.  They make it sound like pedophiles can just go down to Starbuck’s with there DS in hand and start raping children 20 minutes later.  Do journalists at ABC 6 in Philly even bother to research their stories?
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2006, 11:30:43 AM »

just go down to Starbuck’s...and start raping children 20 minutes later

I think Rockstar just pitched that idea as it's next game.

Joking aside...read the story...and whats troubling is if the pictochat story is true, I don't think the mother realized that the guy chatting would have had to had been within about 30 meters for that situation.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2006, 12:13:54 PM »

I find this article a little suspect as well.  If they were in a hotspot when the messages were received, someone in the room would have had to have known that she was in Pictochat at that exact moment and what her screen name was.  I'm guessing that the media must have seen the messages she received or they are just taking her word for it.

Unfortunately, I think this is another case of negative publicity for video games due to the media not doing their research.  Wait until people like Jack Thomson get wind of this.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2006, 02:30:48 PM »

The ignorance of the reporter aside, the Pictochat scenario is probably common, especially if it happened in the reporter's presence. It seems like it would be very easy to find out just who is doing the chatting, though. I'm glad the mother "eventually got really scared and shut the thing off without responding back." Eventually. She is supposedly so worried about the danger to her child, but had no problem putting her daughter on tv. My niece-in-law was in a cheerleading video, and the entire family is beside themselves with pride. I haven't pointed out that the primary market for the videos, beyond the family members, is probably child molesters.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2006, 02:43:43 PM »

The ignorance of the reporter aside, the Pictochat scenario is probably common, especially if it happened in the reporter's presence. It seems like it would be very easy to find out just who is doing the chatting, though. I'm glad the mother "eventually got really scared and shut the thing off without responding back."

You have to be really close to initiate a connection, probably forty feet or so.   You can increase the distance some after starting the connection.  Anybody doing this is going to be real conspicuous.   I wouldn't say that this has never, ever happened but I wouldn't be surprised if this whole thing were staged, using a friend, so that the family could get their 15 minutes.

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Eventually. She is supposedly so worried about the danger to her child, but had no problem putting her daughter on tv. My niece-in-law was in a cheerleading video, and the entire family is beside themselves with pride. I haven't pointed out that the primary market for the videos, beyond the family members, is probably child molesters.
   My eight year old niece is in one of those, and I find it really creepy.   There's a growing movement of parents who are crusading for people to not put any pictures of their kids on the internet and to avoid stuff like 'my kid is an honor student at George Washington Elementary' bumper stickers.   All of these things give nice little clues that stalker pedophiles can use to identify desirable victims and track them down.   I think there's way bigger threats than Pictochat (though I guess it would be good for parents to understand how it works...just like ANY PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY THAT YOU LET YOUR KIDS USE.   The Wi-Fi stuff in this article is pure bullshit.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2009, 07:27:14 PM »

I know we have several members who play Animal Crossing games here.

And you know what?  It's time to come clean and admit that you want to fuck little kids.

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"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.

And any of you childless adults who buy Disney/Pixar movies?  I've got my eye on you.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2009, 08:14:22 PM »

And any of you childless adults who buy Disney/Pixar movies?  I've got my eye on you.

Daniel owns a complete set.

And he has a "wall-e" model.

No kids.

And he works part-time in child-care at the dojo we train at.

I should have seen the signs earlier.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009, 08:25:25 PM »

Allen and Dave really liked Wall-E alot, too.
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2009, 10:14:39 PM »

I watch "Arthur" all the time.   :o

And yes, I play "Animal Crossing"...

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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2009, 11:58:02 AM »

I just bought Pinocchio on Blue-Ray.  I keep telling myself its just for Cordelia...
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Re: ABC affiliate says Nintendo Wi-Fi gets kids molested
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2009, 08:31:46 AM »

Here is Detective Anderson's email address if anyone wants to email him.

AAnderson@boonecountymo.org

What makes his statement even more absurd is the Wii would likely be the hardest system for a pedophile to use to target kids with its friend code system.
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