It’s hardly the first time a mainstream and/or local news source has botched a video game related story, but reporter Martina Valverde of KFoxTV 14 in El Paso apparently interviewed her own family (!) in a story on the Kinect hack made by ThriXXX. The loose “game” made some appearances online (videos since taken from YouTube) with a guy fondling a virtual girl via a hacked Kinect.
That was enough for the station to sensationalize the story, using choice quotes like, “”It’s inappropriate, especially when these games are geared towards younger children,” said (Angelica) Valverde. “You see the commercials on the Disney channel on Nickelodeon of course they’re going to want them.”
The immediate association is sex and Disney/Nickelodeon, a great way to jazz up a story when there isn’t one. The mother apparently had no idea her child should be monitored while playing video games, and believes Xbox Live and the general internet are the same thing.
The grandfather who purchased the device at least shows some sense, “”The first thing that came to my mind was someone is going to come out with interactive porn.” His mind is in the right place since it was only a matter of time, but his concept of parental control is slightly skewered:
“You must be 18 years old to purchase, but that doesn’t prevent someone from doing it.”
It does when no one enters a credit card in the first place, but that would require an additional layer of reporting to expose… and it wasn’t.