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The Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force Thinks We're Perverts

If you play Animal Crossing and you're an adult, you're probably using it to commit crimes.

Is this Tom Nook's shadowy new comrade?
OK, I'll be quick, because you already know what this is. This is the same old story of "local network affiliate talks to cops about video games, something stupid comes out."

KMIZ-TV out of Missouri ran "Wii Gamers Vulnerable To Crime" last week. It's the standard story of bad people wanting to do bad things to kids and how they're supposedly using video game hardware to make it happen.

The comedy comes in when Andy Anderson of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force pipes up with his views on Animal Crossing: City Folk, which is obviously, a pedophile's fantasy.

"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.


There you have it. Kotaku's Mike Fahey has more to say about this kind of sensationalistic junk, if you're interested. But one thing is crystal clear. If you're playing Animal Crossing and you're not a kid, then Mid-Missouri thinks you're one sick bastard. That said, I'm left with one question... what do Upper- and Lower-Missouri have to say on this hot-button issue?

Also, anyone out there want any "peaches?"
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Posted by Jeff
Is this Tom Nook's shadowy new comrade?
OK, I'll be quick, because you already know what this is. This is the same old story of "local network affiliate talks to cops about video games, something stupid comes out."

KMIZ-TV out of Missouri ran "Wii Gamers Vulnerable To Crime" last week. It's the standard story of bad people wanting to do bad things to kids and how they're supposedly using video game hardware to make it happen.

The comedy comes in when Andy Anderson of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force pipes up with his views on Animal Crossing: City Folk, which is obviously, a pedophile's fantasy.

"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.


There you have it. Kotaku's Mike Fahey has more to say about this kind of sensationalistic junk, if you're interested. But one thing is crystal clear. If you're playing Animal Crossing and you're not a kid, then Mid-Missouri thinks you're one sick bastard. That said, I'm left with one question... what do Upper- and Lower-Missouri have to say on this hot-button issue?

Also, anyone out there want any "peaches?"
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Posted by Hamz

Nice, so video games breed violence? anti social behaviour and now pedophiles? is there anything that can't be blamed on video games?

Posted by Hector

Hahahaha! I like the little pic up there in corner.

Posted by SpaceKangaroo

MMMM YOUNG CHILDREN

Posted by SamuraiBudgerigar

Wow, this month is awesome. First we're ALL racists, then we all became murdering nutcases because of some German kid and now we are all pedophiles?

Considering that we are all obese menaces to society we don't half do a lot.

Posted by FCKSNAP

Why hasn't anyone jumped on Home yet? I go in there every once in a while and almost everybody is just trying to get naked pictures of each other.

Posted by Gearhead

Can you say, Fear Mongering, kids?

Posted by Weltal

Yes, Tim Nook. Where Tom will force you into indentured servitude Tim deals in child labor.

Posted by JoshA

I thought Georgia was the peaches state?

Posted by strangeling

Oh god, my mom (fifty-something) loves her some Animal Crossing.  I wonder what she's really up to?!?

Posted by TekZero

My wife plays this game.  I'm calling the cops now.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Yeah, this is retarded. I just found out about this looking at the AC board at GameFAQs. I do like how they make it seem as if you can literally talk to anyone throughout the world with the game. They failed to mention that you both need to swap friend codes, and that there's no way of doing so without some sort of other contact with that person outside the game.

Jeff, you got peaches? I got coconuts and apples. Wanna trade?

Posted by Kohe321

Haha that is hilarious! Clueless is the first word that popped into my mind when I read his statement.

Posted by LordAndrew

Tom Nook secretly Pedobear? Story at eleven.

Posted by Reverseface

Hey i'm TOM NOOK GET IN THE VAN NOW!!!!!

Posted by FoolInjection

Show me on the bear... where the he asked you to put the wii-mote...

Posted by RHCPfan24

I saw this story before. I seriously lol'd and then felt scared. I play this game...and I like it. Does that make me weird or something? Granted, I am not 18 yet, but I am close so, am I a pervert? This is a messed-up story, and Animal Crossing is pretty awesome, so they are pretty much dissing it.

Posted by TheHBK

Are they fucking serious?  Have you seen nintendo's commercials for these games?  They always made me think the games were more geared to adults with lots of free time.

Posted by dagas

Animal Crossing?! I can see why they bash on GTA, but Animal Crossing?!?! I'm going to say that if you DON'T play video games, you are a rapist murderer and because I said it it must be true right?!

Posted by DeavonW

Don't look now... Theres a pedophile right behind you!

Posted by Dalai
FoolInjection said:
"Show me on the bear... where the he asked you to put the wii-mote..."
Oh I get it, it's because Missouri is the Show Me State, right?

Right?
Posted by SoothsayerGB
Gearhead said:
"Can you say, Fear Mongering, kids? "

Still, it's kinda sad to see people of Authority bullying the public, over something thats been a major part of society for over 40 years.

Remember, the interwebs r dee Debil!!!!
Posted by OmegaPirate


Posted by crunchUK
Snapstacle said:
"Why hasn't anyone jumped on Home yet? I go in there every once in a while and almost everybody is just trying to get naked pictures of each other."
JUST LIKE 4CHAN!!
Posted by MasonL87

So you can't play a violent video game without the media saying you're a murderer. And now you can't play a NON violent video game without the media saying you're a child molesting pervert.

Man, gamers can't win for losing.

Posted by JohnDudebro

Tom Nook has teamed up with Pedobear?!


OH GOD NOBODY IS SAFE
Posted by El33tPanda

Well, since adults love to go to movies too, then they're obviously up to no good.

Edited by ZombiePie

Well, aparently I just discovered something about myself I never knew.

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Posted by SlowHands

I'm sarting to lose faith in Jeff.  He keeps using dumb memes lately.  :(

Posted by Double0hFor

why is that bear running at me?! MOMMY!

Posted by xrayzwei

Since I'm located 30 miles from this guy, I've been facepalming all day.  Hopefully when I get home there won't be a bunch of jackbooted thugs trying to take my copy of AC:CF.  I'm sure my assualt rifles are all pretty much safe. 

Posted by darkjester74

My favorite quote from the Kotaku article:

Is Mayor Tortimer an internet predator from California? No. That's ridiculous. Everyone knows it's Tom Nook that likes them young.
ROFLMAO!!!!
Posted by Shadow

Hey kid.  I can get this dog to play a secret song for you, but you have to give the password.  Come by Saturday night at 10:00.  Remember, it's a secret.

Edited by Death_Burnout

Oh god... this is stupid!

Its bad enough the Ad's portray it heavily as a game for females!

Though there is no surprise in regards to Tom Nook at all.

K.K Song!

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

great another idiot trying to stir shit up

Posted by Meltbrain

Wow... that's messed up. What a dumbass thing to say.

Posted by Pazy

If you read the original news article (http://www.kmiz.com/news/story.php?id=13725) it says:

Anderson says this is not something to be paranoid about, but to be aware.
So he isnt a complete tool but what the hell, just because im an adult I dont like planting tress and collecting seeds? Screw him seriosuly, if we take the media's word for it what can we play?

It also says:

 For example, the character we ran across could be the man in California police are warning about.
Could be? You exchanged friends could with the guy, are you purposly trying to make the situation as bad as possible? As a (presumably) police organisation have you never been told check who your talking to before you do anything? Or perhaps there referring to Tom Nook, the guy who sold me my house could actually be a child molester except for the fact he dosent exist and is only some lines of code :|

Tbh Ive stopped reading "The News", they provide such a biased and wrong view on games most of the time (though I have read/heard/seen some great examples where they actually are fair but its few and far between) that I cannot beleive they arent wrong and biased when they discuss anything else.

Posted by MackGyver

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Posted by lamegame621

Animal Crossing? WTF? How does that shit make you a pedophile?

Posted by bshirk

Wow, them video games a powerful thing ain't they?  Theym makin these kids bad making them take pops gun, shooting racoons and growing up like the ol pop stalking kids.  These games sure aint right are they honey?

Posted by Meteora

I hate the media. I truly do.

Posted by John1912

Doesnt it have some online co op play or something.  It would be a little wierd for someone in their late 20s and up playing with kids.  Christ its annoying enough to deal with kids in any online game, just hearing them speak is like that screeching noise when you rub plastic.  So i could see the leap in logic there I guess.  Its a leap, but a bit valid. 

Posted by OzzerOzby

Alright guys, what do you think next weeks "hot button issue for the totally uninformed" is going to be?

I'm gonna say Need for Speed encourages beastiality.

Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin
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"Anderson says adults playing "animal crossing" and similar games are likely doing it for the wrong reasons.

"
How is hooking up and getting a sweet slice of pussy the wrong reason to play the game?
Posted by MetalGearSunny
TekZero said:
"My wife plays this game.  I'm calling the cops now. "
I should do the same for my mom...
Posted by DarkGamerOO7
Richied said:
"Wow, this month is awesome. First we're ALL racists, then we all became murdering nutcases because of some German kid and now we are all pedophiles?Considering that we are all obese menaces to society we don't half do a lot."
I know right? Just because an adult plays Animal Crossing doesn't make them a pervert. Really people need educate themselves about video games before they talk about them because some of these comments these "Experts" are making about video games (like the person in the article) make me die inside.
Posted by Wright

tom nook+pedobear is a frightening combo. They steal your money AND your children.

Posted by Scooper

This is absolutly true, it also works the other way. If you're 12 and play Gears of War or Call of Duty you're definantly a psycotic killer that's going to shoot out your school.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

So first, Thompson gets raped in an alley, now some guy gets raped by his kids Wii?

Damn... These video games just aren't good for STUPID PEOPLE.

Posted by Krenor

Pedobear is innocent, INNOCENT I SAY

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