Nickelodeon Taken To Task For "Inappropriate" Game Links

Greg Tito

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Nickelodeon Taken To Task For "Inappropriate" Game Links



A consumer advocacy group is campaigning to stop Nick.com and Nickjr.com from linking to AddictingGames.com because it hosts some "naughty games."

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a group which aims to stop the effect that corporate marketing has on children. Based in Boston, this group has a list of several dozen campaigns such as "Stop PG-13 Blockbusters from Targeting Preschoolers" [http://commercialfreechildhood.org//pressreleases/spongebobburgerking.html]. The group has now targeted Nick.com for promoting its sister-site, AddictingGames.com, because the latter site contains "sexualized and violent" flash games like Sorority Panty Raid, Naughty Classroom and Perry the Sneak. CCFC requests that NickJr.com and Nick.com stop linking to such content "to children as young as preschoolers."

From CCFC's petition [http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/621/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1903] to Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President, Digital, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group:

I am shocked that Nickelodeon would direct kids to a website where they can play games like Bloody Day, which boasts 'back alley butchering has never been so fun,' or play the role of a leering peeping Tom in Perry the Sneak.

Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, bought the group which controls AddictingGames in 2006, and it's theoretically within their power to keep a short leash on what kind of games the site features. Nick.com never directly links to the games in question, they must be found manually.

I have to admit that games like Perry the Sneak are pretty disturbing, and are inappropriate for young children. Do we really want to train children at such a young age that scantily clad women are only a few clicks away?

Oh never mind, they're already on the internet. It's only a matter of time.

Source: GamePolitics [http://www.gamepolitics.com/2010/01/11/nickelodeon-targeted-links-%E2%80%9Cinappropriate%E2%80%9D-games]



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Pipotchi

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Where else are kids going to learn about back alley butchering? I say its a valuable life skill!
 

kementari

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Greg Tito said:
Nick.com never directly links to the games in question, they must be found manually.
In other words, parent advocacy groups get their panties in a twist for no real reason again. LEAVE NICKELODEON ALONE!!!
 

Ph0t0n1c Ph34r

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I am only only happy because I h e had a hatred of Nickelodeon since they stop showing Hey Arnold and Invader Zim.
 
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The next generation is gonna be so fucked up, over sanitary conditions, political correctness overkill... a bunch of allergic to everything whiners who take offense to everything... that will be fun.
 

MortalForNow

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Odds are the kids aren't going to be clicking on the damn things in the first place. Why is it that "concerned parents" get all angry about something every five minutes? Oh yeah, this is their largest contribution to society.
 

ResonanceSD

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So the kids are already allowed unmonitored internet access, and NOW the parents are worried?
 

Lord Krunk

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Uh, Nickelodeon. The guys behind Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender?

Admittedly, they're the cream of the crop and aimed (well, the second one at least, but watch the Halloween Spooktacular and tell me Invader Zim wasn't seriously fucked up) at older audiences. But my comment still stands, there's nothing on AddictingGames that could honestly be called worse.
 

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There was a game about gunning down people in bloody gore, and doing it more often gives you better guns. You can also click on the needle attachment, which gives you an adrenalin rush (and more points!). This was on the front page of AddictingGames, along with a game about spanking naughty celebrities. Honestly, the CCFC did not have to look far.

And a kid could very easily come across this. After all, Nick is kid-safe and there's a link with 'games' written in the damned title.

Instead of stating the same ol', I'll quote Darthzew up there:

darthzew said:
They have a point. For once, I'm on the CCFC's side.
 

LTK_70

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Oh, boo hoo. A flash game website hosts some 'naughty' games that kids might see if they were to look hard. Wake up, CCFC. Isn't two-thirds of the whole internet occupied by porn? AddictingGames.com is the least of your worries, you might as well go after Google since you can get hundreds of pages full of tits in a few clicks on their site.
 

Slayer_2

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Personally, I found the "square butts" ad quite amusing. Yes, I would probably be a terrible parent. However, I seriously doubt any younger audiences will understand the parody, so it seems kind of pointless to me.