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Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
I personally think its a good decision but I hear what people are saying about the list.
A friend of mine went for after work drinks a few years ago with some colleagues, one of them started talking to group of girls and after buying them drinks all night ended up taking one home, it turned out she was 15!!!
The girl stayed at the guys house and when she got home the next day her parents went ballistic and the police got involved, long story short the guy did 8 months in jail, lost his job and is now a registered sex offender, he was only 22.
Dirty yes, sleazy maybe but a peado or sex offender no.
Alot of genuine sickos would probably use the same excuses he did, she told me she was 18, I met her in an overage club etc etc.
unfortunate that a few nerds out there wont get to get their WoW on because of stupidity or over zealous judges/prosecutors but on the whole seems like a good move
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Originally posted by loam
I think most parents of small children would disagree with you.
Apparently they do. Why do they?
A registry of offenders, much like a registry of guns, cannot do anything to protect their children.
The absolute best a registry can do is give investigators a potential starting point assuming no other evidence exists.
Originally posted by U4ea82
Granted all sex offenders aren't pedophiles...but they're still sex offenders. It seems to me that game companies are trying to protect our children. I find nothing wrong with that. As for the offenders who feel they got the short end of the stick...too bad.To all those offenders.... You committed a cry knowing full well there would be far reaching consequences. If you didn't want to suffer those consequences you shouldn't have committed said crime. I have no sympathy for you. Pedophile or not, you violated someone sexually. What's not being able to play a game compared to what your victim went through? Suck it up and accept responsibility for your actions.
Originally posted by blamethegreys
In response to the thread:
I'm sure this has been said 30 different ways already, but this is just another case of legislation being so far behind technology it is comical (if they weren't taking freedoms and spending our money to do it!).
Every MMORPG I can think of has 'prepay' options that are anonymous. I could sign up as anyone in an account, use prepay and a hotmail address. LE and game companies have zero ability or resources to forensically deconstruct accounts at random.
The burden of safety is on the parents. If you haven't had a talk w/ your kid about online predators by...hmmm...AGE 8-9 you're behind schedule!
Because lemme tell ya, having three boys, 14, 11 and 4, kids are like fish in water with the newest tech, and they are online, whether at your house, friends' houses, on phones or at school. As soon as they can read and comprehend what might be typed in a game chat, they need to have been taught about bad guys.
Originally posted by loam
reply to post by MastaShake
Still the 1%.
Is your example just? No.
And while I say fix that, I don't think that means the rest is meaningless.
Originally posted by pslr2301
I think it is good that someone is watching out for children in the gaming world. However, where are the parents in all this? Shouldn't they be responsible for teaching their children about the dangers of the internet, the type of people to be found there, know WHAT their children are doing online and WHO they are doing it with?
My 10 year old daughter knows that most of the people that call themselves kids on a specific game she plays are probably not kids or may have ulterior motives. She knows how to speak up and she knows where the "block" button is if someone makes her uncomfortable.
Why should the government and gaming companies be responsible for raising YOUR OWN children? What happened to taking responsibility for your own lives and those of the babies you chose to have, keep and protect?
Just my opinion. IDK maybe I am just getting old... or crazy.... probably a little of both!
Originally posted by Darkphoenix77
I think your example of 99% 1% is just a wee bit skewed, not saying that you are wrong but everyone seems to know someone that got shafted that does not belong on that list.