Friday, February 9, 2007

Nintendo DS

Dual Screen or Devil Screen?

This "news" report actually tries to make the Nintendo DS look like a tool for child molesters. The average gamer's natural respond to this would probably be something like "Are you @#$%ing kidding me?" The reporter claims that the built in PictoChat program can be used by predators to contact your child while they're playing and lure them into dangerous situations. After watching this you'll be so mad at local news, overwhelmed by their lapses in logic and angry because some parent somewhere will see it and actually be influenced by it.

If you're a parent and are worried that your child may be in danger, let me (the most authoritative source ever: 18 year old male) ease your fears.
  • You can't receive/send messages if you're playing a game
    • To chat with someone you have to WANT to chat to them
  • PictoChat is fun... for about 5 seconds
    • At first it's kind of fun to send your brother a hand written message that says "hello" but then you realize that he's sitting 10 feet from you and what you REALLY want to do is play MarioKart
  • No one is constantly on their DS
    • ... and if they are, they're playing a game, NOT trying to seduce children
  • Myspace already exists
    • so why would they need to use a DS?
A much more likely situation is that a child doesn't own a DS and sees an old creepy man playing Nintendogs. Said child is very jealous and wants to play too. Creepy Man now doesn't need to buy candy and movie tickets.

Solution to all these problems: Buy your kids a DS, let them find out for themselves how lame PictoChat is, worry about threats that actually exist.

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1 comment:

Jackie said...

One application of Pictochat that I've heard about: Bring it to an Apple Keynote or a Nintendo conference, turn your DS on, join one of the chats that are already in progress (child molesters love tech conferences), and watch people have nerdgasms whenever a product is announced.