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01.09.06

Potential for Porn on Nintendo's Wii

One of the hottest gifts that flew off the shelves this Christmas could create a gateway to porn in your living room. 

   The Nintendo Wii is a new gaming system that allows kids to interact with the game which is making it very popular.
   But it's also catching the eye of the porn industry because of its internet access feature - and that's taking parents by surprise.
"Its disappointing that the porn industry would hone in on a children's game. I was very surprised. Just knowing they could stumble onto something is troublesome," says Judy Cato, mother of two.
   It's troublesome for Cato, because she figured since the game was made for kids, it was completely safe - she's shocked porn is within reach.
"And disappointed that someone would take a children's game and kinda ruin it," says Cato.
   What's worse is porn sites are advertising they are "Wii-friendly". They've re-configured their screens to fit the Wii-browser, and bloggers are eating it up - saying it was only a matter of time before porn would be accessible on the system.
 Some are saying Nintendo needs to put stronger parental control features on the system, we looked through this manual and what we found seemed insufficient.
"I can't believe they never thought of this. I'll be reading this over more closely," says Cato about the parental features.

      Most parents probably should, since kids like Mason play the Wii every day.
"You aren't just sitting there playing a normal game," says Mason.
   From now on Mason will have an audience when playing on the Wii.  
"Being aware is the most important part, because i wasn't aware of it until today," says Cato.

   Because the porn industry has evolved to use the Wii system, Cato hopes Nintendo will impose more filters and parental controls on the system as soon as possible.

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