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Woman Claims Nintendo Scrabble Game is Teaching Profanity

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the go-f*ck-yourself-and-your-triple-score dept.

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A mother is complaining that a game she bought her son to improve his vocabulary is instead teaching him inappropriate language. Tonya Carrington, 36, gave her son the Nintendo version of Scrabble and was horrified to discover that the virtual opponents in the game were laying down words containing crude slang and abuse. Mrs Carrington tried out the program for herself on her sons DS console and was shocked when her "opponent" laid down the word "t*ts." The next word the computer offered was "f*ckers," which it defined as "a slang word for chavs." "Ethan is doing really well with English at school, so I decided to get this to help boost his vocabulary — but obviously not like that," she said. It's tragic that her son was exposed to that kind of mind-warping language, which I'm sure as a nine-year-old boy he has never heard on the playground.

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Hmm (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26038161)

I knew exactly what website was going to be the source by the style of the language.

Do we actually have any evidence that this is in fact a true story and not just circulated to get some sales for Fleet Street's finest?

Re:Hmm (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26044277)

Is it common for Nintendo to release games in a separate UK English version? Anything whose major market was the US wouldn't have the word "chav" in it. That causes me to doubt the story.

I, for one, (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26038977)

Welcome our new profanity abusing robotic overlords.

Sure he knew the words from before (1)

Crizp (216129) | more than 5 years ago | (#26042133)

A nine-year old doesn't hear that on the playground? Come on. My aunt worked in kindergarten a few years ago and the kids would spout of stuff like "cunt", "bitch" and "homo bastard" &c. when they didn't get their way, fully comprehending what they were saying.

Pink DS (1, Flamebait)

taris_kah (718113) | more than 5 years ago | (#26044343)

I'm more concerned that the kid has a pink DS (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Re:Pink DS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26044667)

Then why are you concerned?

  --Male who owns a pink DS

Re:Pink DS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26045357)

You don't get any better theft protection than having a pink DS. Same goes for laptops.

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