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Citing the Wii's ability to browse the internet via the Opera browser, a Christian group based out of California is planning on targeting the console with a smear campaign, Kotaku reports. The site has gotten ahold of a leaked press release from the upcoming 'Porn Talk' media event. From the release: "Like many new gaming technologies, the Wii's wireless internet capabilities make it a portal to porno. 'Parents think the computer is the only way for their kids to get porn on the internet. Unfortunately, they are dead wrong,' says Mike Foster, founder of ThePornTalk.com. 'Gaming devices like the Wii and the PSP aren't just for fun games anymore. You're able to surf the net, chat with friends, email, and view porn because of its internet access. Kids know this but parents don't!'"
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  • by 0xdeadbeef (28836) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:09PM (#18172242) Homepage Journal
    "Playing with my Wii."

    "Oh, ok. Carry on."

    First joke!
    • by psiogen (262130) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:32PM (#18172740) Homepage
      I don't see why the Wii gets so much innuendo compared to the other consoles.

      "Playstation 3" sounds like a deep space brothel.

      "X-Box 360" sounds like getting gang-raped by guys who ejaculate Mountain Dew.

      Come on, people.
      • by Scaba (183684) <joe&joefrancia,com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:10PM (#18173432)

        "Playstation 3" sounds like a deep space brothel.

        Only to you.

        "X-Box 360" sounds like getting gang-raped by guys who ejaculate Mountain Dew.

        Especially only to you.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:38PM (#18173872)

        Come on people.

        Sounds like bukkake?
    • by SDEggbert (801442) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:50PM (#18173016)

      "Playing with my Wii."

      "and this new console from Nintendo is pretty cool too!"

  • In other news.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fried-Psitalon (929587) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:10PM (#18172248)
    Parent groups prepare to label real life as "violent and filled with adult-related content." ....seriously, folks. Access isn't the issue in the modern era; teaching kids good judgment is.
    • by RexRhino (769423) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:24PM (#18172536)

      Parent groups prepare to label real life as "violent and filled with adult-related content." ....seriously, folks. Access isn't the issue in the modern era; teaching kids good judgment is.
      Yes, but in the eyes of the nannie state facists, that just means that the government needs to eliminate all adult-content from real life.
      • TLA for the KJC (Score:5, Insightful)

        by fm6 (162816) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @06:07PM (#18174422) Homepage Journal

        Sigh. "Nannie state fascist" is not a bad term, but the fact that you apply it so carelessly indicates a certain knee-jerkiness on your part. Please repeat after me: "Rush Limbaugh thinks with his mouth."

        To me, a "Nannie State fascist" is somebody wants the government to outlaw every little danger. Ralph Nader is a prime case. Of course, the term is sort of subjective. You and I would probably agree that the crusade to require passive restraints in cars (basically, seatbelts that buckle you in involuntarily) is Nannie State Fascism. But we probably disagree as to the speed limit (I think people who think they can drive safely at 90 MPH are fooling themselves, but that's not a popular opinion).

        This, on the other hand is better described as "Righteous Religious Fascism." The motivation is not to protect you from yourself, but to protect you from Satan.

    • by colanut (541823) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:40PM (#18172858) Homepage

      This Onion article seems appropriate: Teen Exposed To Violence, Profanity, Adult Situations By Family [theonion.com]

      Seriously though, other than money and the spot-light, what are these people looking for.

    • by XSforMe (446716) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:49PM (#18174086)

      I know this is Slashdot and we never RTFA, but in case you mistakenly managed to locate it (here [theporntalk.com]), you would see that this Christian Group does in general give a positive review of the console. It only goes as far as warning the parents about the Wii's ability to be used as a browser and how to enable parental control on it. Period.

      But then again, how would the poster of the original review generate traffic to his website if it was not by sensationalism?

      • by Thaelon (250687) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @08:09PM (#18175904)
        I wish I could mod you +83 Insightful. Actually I'd much rather prohibit sensationalist bullshit and speculative "news" from getting on the main page, but hey I'd settle for appropriately modding up voices of reason.

        Rules of thumb:
        If your headline could be considered flamebait, it's not news.
        If your headline ends in a question mark, it's not news.
  • give me a break (Score:5, Insightful)

    by theStorminMormon (883615) <theStorminMormon ... m ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:12PM (#18172296) Homepage Journal
    It may be a little sensationalist, but the basic point is fine. "Guess what parents, kids can also access teh pr0nz0rz using the PSP, Wii, etc." If they were trying to get the Wii banned or something, that would be one thing, but just trying to help parents do their job (again, with a little extra sensationalism) is really no cause for controversy.

    -stormin
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Skadet (528657)
      Agreed, and the summary's characterization of the press release as a "smear campaign" is simply inflammatory flamebait.

      Shame on you, editors.
    • Re:give me a break (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MindStalker (22827) <mindstalker AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:25PM (#18172574) Journal
      Yes it is, simply because sensationalism in and of itself is wrong. Selling an idea without providing concrete evidence for and against is classic car salesmanship in its essence. We as a society have put up with such blatant misinformation for so long, and certainly shouldn't put up with it from our clergy. Well given if we didn't 99% of churches wouldn't exist. But thats another story.
      • Re:give me a break (Score:5, Insightful)

        by theStorminMormon (883615) <theStorminMormon ... m ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:30PM (#18172698) Homepage Journal
        Yes it is, simply because sensationalism in and of itself is wrong. Selling an idea without providing concrete evidence for and against is classic car salesmanship in its essence.

        Sounds like someone got carried away with a metaphor. The difference is that a car salesman is actually selling something for real: and getting money on false premises. The sensationalism here is not being used to sell a car. And it's not "blatant misinformation". Kids could get porn through the Wii. That doesn't mean you should burn your kids Wii, but parents should be aware of the capabilities of the toys their kids have.

        Penny-Arcade did a similar story when some local affiliate did an expose on the fact that your kids can chat with anyone using a DS Lite. It was a sensationalist story, but it's worth trying to keep parents informed of the capacity of their kids toys so that they can make their parenting decisions accordingly.

        The fundamental message of this is just: your kids can get online with a Wii. I want parents and *everyone* to know this so that we don't have more silly sue-MySpace type lawsuits when some kid manages to build a bomb online or hook up with a sex predator on a Wii.
  • So? (Score:2, Informative)

    by maxume (22995)
    The hysteria is silly, but it's not like they are making up the fact that it enables access to the internet at large. It sucks for the kids, but with crazy parents, lots of stuff sucks for the kids.
  • by fatalwall (873645) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:14PM (#18172320)
    I don't know about you, but I didn't even think of using it for that until now!
  • by dada21 (163177) * <adam.dada@gmail.com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:14PM (#18172322) Homepage Journal
    ...I look at Jesus' words and actions as significant and the previous story before Him and insignificant in terms of how we live. In my opinion, when Jesus said "Judge not others" He meant it.

    Christians who judge others haven't read their Bibles. It is time to move forth, Christians, read your Bibles, and get out of people's lives, especially the lives of non-Christians.

    Embarassing, to say the least.
    • by CRCulver (715279)
      The two largest Christian communities, the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, don't subscribe to the doctrine of private interpretation of Scripture. Instead of saying "As a Christian myself...", which lumps RCs and EOs in with you as if you share the very same beliefs, you should really have been more specific.
    • by Coryoth (254751)

      In my opinion, when Jesus said "Judge not others" He meant it.

      So out of curiousity, when he was asked what one must do beyond knowing and following the 10 commandments in order to be admitted to heaven and he replied "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor", do you think he didn't mean it, or are you just not that interested in eternal life?
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by AKAImBatman (238306) *

        So out of curiousity, when he was asked what one must do beyond knowing and following the 10 commandments in order to be admitted to heaven and he replied "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor", do you think he didn't mean it, or are you just not that interested in eternal life?

        You are mistakenly quoting the law. Under the law it was incredibly difficult to get to heaven. Under grace, it's as easy as:

        "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

      • by dada21 (163177) *
        "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor"

        Actually, I did something similar to this about 18 months ago -- I did sell almost everything I possessed and distributed all of the extra to a variety of charities in my area, and invested in a charity of my own. E-mail me for details.

        That being said, I believe the Kingdom message was focused on the Early Church, prior to His second coming which I believed happened in 70 AD, ending the Age/the Covenant of Abraham and David.
    • by arakon (97351)
      Dude, my mod points ran out at midnight. That's probably the most intelligent thing I've ever read coming from someone professing to be of a certain religion on Slashdot. Don't Judge, lest ye be Judged. It's too damn bad most people don't have better things to do than stir up shit for other people. I don't fancy myself a practicing "Christian" but I have read the Bible, and I think there are a lot of social ideas that people on the whole need a better grasp on. My Favorite is "Neither a lender nor borr
      • by dada21 (163177) *
        Absolutely. There is a lot of Truth there regardless of whether or not you believe it is the Word of God, God-inspired, a historical account of a really cool dude, or just some fictional thoughts. The biggest problem with Christianity are Christians, to paraphrase Gandhi.
    • Pot, meet kettle. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Skadet (528657) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:33PM (#18172752) Homepage
      *checks his karma checkbook register and sighs*

      Christians who judge others haven't read their Bibles.
      Sounds like you're doing a little judgment of your own, doesn't it?

      ...I look at Jesus' words and actions as significant and the previous story before Him and insignificant in terms of how we live. In my opinion, when Jesus said "Judge not others" He meant it.
      Look. Way too many people make this misunderstanding. The passage says "Judge not, lest you also be judged" (or something to that effect, depending on your translation). It DOESN'T say, "never judge anything at all, ever." It says, watch yourself, because the same rod you use to measure others might come back and bite you in the ass one day (I'm reminded of some very famous televangelests).

      In fact, just moments after Jesus instructs us to "judge not", he says:

      Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces (Matt. 7:6).
      Well, clearly, he didn't mean LITERAL dogs and swine. How would we know if they were dogs or swine if we didn't JUDGE the behavior of others? Clearly, we're supposed to make assessments of others based on their actions, and had you read your Bible, you'd know that's what Jesus meant.

      I realize this seems off-topic, and I'll likely be modded down to oblivion, but as it IS a Christian group that's the subject of discussion here, I think this rebuttal is only fair. Flame on :)
    • So when the bible says that you should kill your children if they are disrespectful of their parents, you do it?

      If not (which I certainly hope), how can you base morality on the bible if you've got your own selective critera which parts to pick?

      (I'm asking this, because you've said, "Christians, read your Bibles [..and act upon it]".)
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by daigu (111684)

      My sense is that Mark 4:24 and the related quotes from the other gospels is that it is about the basic moral principle of being careful to apply the same standard by which you judge others to yourself. I think it is a mistake to read it that we should not judge at all - but rather that we should judge fairly and not be hypocrites.

      The reductio argument for your position is that if we are unable to judge, then it would mean that we must tolerate behaviors such as murder, torture, lying, sexual abuse and so

    • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:39PM (#18173888) Homepage Journal
      The best way to relize there is no personal god is to study the bible.
  • Somehow (Score:5, Funny)

    by Normal Dan (1053064) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:15PM (#18172340)
    This makes me more inclined to buy a Wii. I usually do not like console games, but if I can look up porn while getting exercises while angering a Christan group, I do believe it is worth it.
  • Yup. Glad they found that out. I actually used the Wii for Porn at Launch when I realized the photo channel will play motion JPEG, and again when the Opera browser launched...

    Good times, Good times.

  • You can do this on the PS3 as well, and the Dreamcast allowed it before. That's not really new. What I was hoping for when I saw the headline was confirmation that there would be games using the "interactive" powers of the Wiimote. Now that I could (ahem) get behind.

    Rob
  • by allanc (25681) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:16PM (#18172364) Homepage
    Man, if you thought it was difficult to find a Wii in the store before...

    1. This Christian group is planning to provide free advertisement for the Wii. "There's No Such Thing As Bad Publicity"
    2. This Christian group is planning to provide free advertisements that inform people that they can use the Wii to look at porn on their bigscreen TV.
  • by RingDev (879105) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:17PM (#18172374) Homepage Journal
    I don't think this is all that bad. Sure, people will say "The parents should read the label", but how many of those 'caution' labels do you actually read? The damn things are like Vista UAC warnings, you don't Actually read them, you just acknowledge them.

    Anyways, if this group's inflammatory campaign motivates parents to better monitory their children's online behavior, then all the better. If Sony/MS/Nitendo lose a handful of sales to far right wing conservatives, I doubt it will make or break the bottom line.

    -Rick

    PS: Link for those "Label lovers" out there: http://engrish.com/ [engrish.com]
  • by KillaBeave (1037250) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:19PM (#18172420)
    Did these people not know that, in order to use the Opera browser on the Wii, you first have to download it from the Wii Shopping Channel ... In order to get to the Will Shopping Channel, you must input a PIN number. To use Opera once it's downloaded ... you must input your PIN.

    That was put there so PARENTS COULD HAVE CONTROL OVER WHAT THEIR KIDS DO WITH THE MACHINE! (Sorry for the yelling...) "Wii == Porn Portal" makes a much better headline than "Parents too busy to take responsibility for thier kids."

    I mean seriouly, it takes all of 2 minutes to setup a PIN number on the Wii. It takes even less time to not tell your kids what the PIN # is. If you can't trouble parents with that level of responsibility, what are they there for?
    • by jchenx (267053) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @06:12PM (#18174496) Journal
      Apparently a lot of people haven't read the actual article in question [theporntalk.com]. In fact, they do mention PIN numbers and parental controls. However, parents need to know that they have to turn these features ON, since it's default to off.

      Also, the "Wii == Porn Portal" is actually something the gaming press came up with. The actual site itself doesn't appear to be "blaming the Wii" for any problems.

      Unfortunately, this appears to be a case where the gaming media is blowing something out of proportion, and stands a good chance at doing more harm than good. If I were a regular parent who came across the article on this site, I would have thought, "Oh, the Wii has a web browser? And I have a way to turn on parental controls? Excellent!". However, if I had come across the Slashdot or Kotaku article instead, I might be thinking "THE WII IS A PORTAL TO PORN!? OMG!" . Gee, thanks gaming press.
  • by StressGuy (472374) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:20PM (#18172452)
    Having a couple of small children who play the GameCube, and knowing the Wii provides internet access and is backwards-compatable with the GameCube games...I have been considering getting one so as to have an internet access port at the TV for sites like "Playhouse Disney", "Nicklodeon", "PBS", etc.

    Not to be a prude, but there is some pretty harsh stuff out there (not just porn BTW) that is not exactly "kid-friendly".

    While screaming, "but you can get to porn!...THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!" is a tad reactionary, it would be a cool feature to store a "white-list" of acceptable websites on the console. So, that this particular "internet access port" is limited to specific locations - very much like enabling "parental control" on my Satellite TV box.

    That would seem reasonable.
  • Friend Codes (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Infe (52681)
    So we go through all the nonsense of using friend codes to keep the console kiddie-friendly, and still the wii is targetted by prudes and whatnot. What gives? Just drop the stupid friend codes, you're not winning friends on either side of this issue, Nintendo.
  • does anyone... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by White Shade (57215) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:21PM (#18172466)
    does anyone take these Christian groups seriously enough for this to actually be a problem?

    Christian groups seem to decry basically everything and everyone, and they seem to love dropping the "porn" bombshell left and right, but outside their little communities and fellow zealots, is there really any threat whatsoever from these people? And, as such, is this really newsworthy? I'd really only begin to worry if people in Congress start talking about it.

    and, as a slight aside, am I the only one who have noticed that kids who grow up in these perfectly wholesome and innocent Christian-value-centric homes seem to end up being significantly maladjusted and immature in a sense that even though they end up as good adults, they're really completely unprepared to actually live in the world?

    *sigh* ... i think everyone needs a bit of porn in their lives. how else are you supposed to know what goes where? :D

    • does anyone take these Christian groups seriously enough for this to actually be a problem?

      Speaking as someone who lives in the bible belt, I can tell you that a lot of people here certainly do take the things those sort of groups say seriously.

      Not everyone here is like that, but there are people here who judge you based on what church you do or don't belong to, how god-fearing they think you are, etc.

      Reasons I wear my pa-kua under my shirt.
  • by Skadet (528657) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:22PM (#18172484) Homepage
    This non-story is a little sensationalist on *both* sides.

    First of all, the press release isn't bashing the Wii, or calling it "Satan's PORNtal" or anything like that. They even go as far as to point out that the Wii includes parental controls:

    "Even though the Nintendo Wii has parental controls, parents don't see a need for them because they are unaware of the porn capabilities."
    It looks like they're just using the Wii's popularity to push their agenda, that agenda being discussing the issue of porn with your kids -- a perfectly respectable goal. FTA:

    So the solution lies in parents getting the facts and then talking to their children about expectations for online activity. Foster believes that, "Whether it is the home computer or these new gaming consoles, porn is easily accessible. The Wii is an amazing console and tons of fun but parents need good info on how to keep kids safe."
    Encouraging parents to talk to kids about online behavior? That's a good thing. The Wii tie-in is nothing but marketing to attract parents.
    • by HrothgarReborn (740385) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @07:04PM (#18175160)
      It is sad that everyone at slashdot is so busy

      1. Being offended that Christians exist
      2. Mocking that Christians are concerned about pornography
      3. Defending that pronography never has harmful effects
      4. Being armchair parents and pontificating about what they would do if they were ever able to procreate
      5. Blasting religion in general and categorizing those who follow any form of it as less intelligent/sophisticated as themselves even if the religous people do get more chances at procreation

      That no one has offered any helpful advice on this technical problem. Does no one realize that the appropriate solution would be to roll your own proxy server. No one mentioned Squid or its various plugins that can help parents have a solid control on the situation complete with auditing and alerting. The fact is there are people who want children to experiance the world with just a bit of a safety net. Let's move off their religous beliefs and start offering ways technology can help them achieve their goals.

      I am saddened by the recent decline of slashdot.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Mr2001 (90979)

        2. Mocking that Christians are concerned about pornography
        3. Defending that pronography never has harmful effects

        Well, it is hard to take seriously the claim that blocking pornography "keeps kids safe". Looking at a picture never harmed anyone, and it's hard to imagine any means by which it could.

        (Yes, porn addiction exists, but so do shopping addiction and exercise addiction. No one claims that kids need to be kept away from stores, or that gym class is inherently harmful, even though those otherwise-harmless activities become a problem for a tiny minority.)

  • Too bad it's not HiDef, right?
  • Yet anyone, especially the rabid Christian gun-toting southerners would immediately say that it is the user that kills, not the gun (the tool). And the gun is specifically designed to hurt and kill!

    A web browser is a tool. It is not there to browse porn, it can be used by someone to browse porn. Unlike a gun it actually has many many uses that are beneficial.

    Tools are not portals. The desires of the user of the tool are, and children have been looking at porn illicitly one way or another for decades.

    Is porn
  • More and more tools could connect to the internet, those are also porn portals???
  • by haplo21112 (184264) <haplo AT epithna DOT com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:37PM (#18172812) Homepage
    ...ah, Parents be responsible for your kids. Its not the technology thats the problem. Know what the hell your kids are doing, know what the people they hang out with are doing, know what the families of the people they hang out with are doing.

    And #1 teach them a sense of values. What video game system they have doesn't matter its what you tell them to do with it, and what you teach them is OK.

    When I was young could I get a copy of a playboy sure, but I knew I shouldn't have...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Ash-Fox (726320)

      ...ah, Parents be responsible for your kids. Its not the technology thats the problem.

      Only solution that I think could work 100% is:
      "Sorry, you're not a allowed a computer nor a... Wii."

      Know what the hell your kids are doing,

      I some how doubt that's easy when parents can't even be with their kids all day, it's also damaging if they are. There is only one way to really /KNOW/ what's going on.

      know what the people they hang out with are doing

      It can be difficult with today's youth.. Everything seems to be a secr

  • I have yet to come across a pornographic website that emulates the wii interface, and the claim seems to be rather unsubstantiated. Could somebody point me to a few example websites?
  • So What? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Quantam (870027) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:02PM (#18173272) Homepage
    What's really funny is that, at least based on the look they give in the article, the article (and, even worse, the summary) is far more overreactive and emotionally charged than the campaign itself.

    "Like many new gaming technologies, the Wii's wireless internet capabilities make it a portal to porno. 'Parents think the computer is the only way for their kids to get porn on the internet. Unfortunately, they are dead wrong,' says Mike Foster, founder of ThePornTalk.com. 'Gaming devices like the Wii and the PSP aren't just for fun games anymore. You're able to surf the net, chat with friends, email, and view porn because of its internet access. Kids know this but parents don't!'"
    ...
    So the solution lies in parents getting the facts and then talking to their children about expectations for online activity. Foster believes that, "Whether it is the home computer or these new gaming consoles, porn is easily accessible. The Wii is an amazing console and tons of fun but parents need good info on how to keep kids safe."


    My Gord! That's so... so... rational, unemotional, and largely objectively (or "empirically", if you prefer) true. Compare to

    targeting the console with a smear campaign

    Saying the truth in a calm, collected manner is called smearing, now? When did that start? Or

    I find it funny that a site that seems to go to so much effort to hide its ties to religion and ministry work is using the phrase dirty little secret.

    Wait, was that an implication that religion is a dirty little secret? Damn submarine Jews.

    the story's caustic tone

    Is that more or less caustic than calling religions dirty little secrets?

    Seriously. I may think the anti-porn campaign is a bit unnecessary (in a "don't you have something better to do?" way), but the campaign is surprisingly (at least after reading the beginning of the article) docile and rational. Who cares what they think, really? And who cares if they tell parents that kids can surf porn on the Wii? I mean, you can surf porn on the Wii, right? The most emotional (as opposed to rational) appeal in the whole thing is the title of the campaign ("The Wii's Dirty Little Secret"), and even that's less emotional/sarcastic/caustic (or "witty", as we prefer to say) than the average Slashdot catch-phrase. Hell, this paragraph has more sarcasm than that whole campaign.

    Overall rating of the article: Troll.
  • by Malakusen (961638) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:15PM (#18173502) Journal
    ...in light of today's VGCats: http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=227 [vgcats.com]
  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:31PM (#18173740) Homepage Journal
    Wii sales higher then ever!

    MS claims to have inventd porn and is releasing XBox: Whackjob.
  • by ravyne (858869) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:38PM (#18173862)
    The tone is a bit too strong and the sensationalist title is too much, but their underlying premise is certainly not without reason. There are a few facts to go on:
    1. A lot of children have relatively unmonitored access to the Wii, perhaps in their own bedroom or play room.
    2. A lot of parents *don't* know about the Wii's internet capabilities. Many of those that *are* aware, assume that the content is somehow filtered.
    3. A lot of parents *don't* know about the Wii's child protection features, account controls, etc. - I'm not sure what's required to download the browser, but if no credit card is required and no admin-like privileges are required or set up, then its possible for them to download the browser themselves.
    While the tone of the press release is too strong as I said above, I think we can all see that, yes, the Wii can be used to access porn, chat rooms, etc that may be innapropriate for young people. I think we can all agree that, yes, all parents should be aware of this reality and take steps they deem appropriate, but many are simply not aware at this point.

    This isn't another "Video games are the devil!" argument, no one's calling for a boycott of the Wii, or for Nintendo to be held responsible for the content some children might access... beyond the slightly sensational tone all I see is information that is usefull and pertinent for parents.

    No one here would turn their kid loose on the web without proper protection/monitoring in place, or at the very least recognize the risk in doing so. We forum-goers are always calling for parental and personal responsibility, for good reason, and I don't see this press release as doing much else.
  • by nick_davison (217681) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @05:40PM (#18173910)
    ...When they decided to turn Wii in to whine.
  • by jchenx (267053) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @06:03PM (#18174356) Journal
    After reading the actual Wii article on their website [theporntalk.com], it seems to me that the sensationalism is actually coming from the gaming press. "Smear campaign"? "Attack on the Wii"? I don't see at all in the article. Yes, they do mention that the Wii is a "portal to porn" in the press release, but that phrase isn't on the website, nor do they use anything similar blatant. Rather, it's the headlines in the gaming press where you see the sensationalism.

    Yeah, so the website appears to be funded my some Christian group. Even though I'm not Christian, I don't really see a problem here, considering the actual messaging is quite reasonable and responsible. I don't see them blasting Nintendo or the console, in fact just providing parents the messaging they need to "do the right thing" (use the proper parental controls, etc.).

    Sometimes I think the gaming press really does itself more harm than good ...
  • Whoopie doo.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Shads (4567) <shadus@sh[ ]s.org ['adu' in gap]> on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @06:31PM (#18174788) Homepage Journal
    ... honestly, Christian groups have condemned Barney and Teletubbies, Harry Potter, the interweb, etc... it's a big yawn conspiracy. Whee, yet another condemation. For gods sake they wouldn't want kids to have any fun.

    Whatever happened to parents taking an active part in their childrens life instead of blaming everything in the world for corrupting their children? Oh that's right they're too busy out crusading against everything to bother with, you know, raising their kids. God knows they need to make the world safer for the kids. [/sarcasm]
  • This is ridiculous. (Score:3, Informative)

    by FiloEleven (602040) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @06:44PM (#18174930)
    This article should really be tagged "slownewsday." Look, some random Christian group that no one has heard of decided to make a press release that hardly anybody outside of their sphere would have seen. This press release is not geared towards the general public, but towards a subset of Christians who share the group's beliefs about porn. Somebody decided to stir up contention by "leaking" the press release to Kotaku, and somebody else decided it deserved a place on Slashdot. It doesn't.

    This is not a Jack Thompsonesque nationwide crusade against Wii or anything like it, which is apparent from reading the actual press release. It's merely a piece written by Christians and for Christians, with the now-typical sensationalist attention-grabbing headline. Most of us recognize sensationalism as such when the topic is more mundane, and I expect that the skewed view of Christianity that is prevalent here on /. is responsible for taking this one more (and too) seriously.

    Sometimes Christian groups do things that are worth talking about because they're stepping on the rights of others. This is not one of those times. Nothing to see here, move along.

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