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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks 511

Posted by timothy
from the cradle-to-grave dept.
SternisheFan writes with a story at PC Mag that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that more than 2000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off various online gaming platforms, in an cooperative effort involving both the state and various gaming companies. From that article: "Earlier this year, the accounts of 3,500 additional offenders were removed from platforms operated by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Warner Brothers. New York State's Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law requires convicted sex offenders to register all of their email addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. Schneiderman's office then makes that information available to certain websites so they can make sure that their communities were not being used by predators. Operation: Game Over, however, is the first time e-STOP has been applied to online gaming platforms, he said. Since many online gaming platforms let users send messages to other players anonymously, it's unsafe to have convicted offenders using these services, Schneiderman said."
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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

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  • by hazah (807503) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @01:56PM (#42349993)
    Everyone. Clearly.
    • by Hoi Polloi (522990) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @03:19PM (#42351303) Journal

      Yah, make sure they have lots of spare time they don't know what to do with now.

  • by sunderland56 (621843) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @01:56PM (#42350003)

    If the aim is to stop registered sex offenders from messaging, why block them from gaming completely? Just block their ability to message.

  • Labels (Score:5, Funny)

    by IonOtter (629215) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:01PM (#42350065) Homepage

    I would be much less worried about this, if it weren't for the fact that the label of "sex offender" is used for everything where genitalia are involved.

    Did the cops follow you 20 yards into the thick forest along the interstate to catch you peeing? Sex offender.

    Did your top get ripped off and carried away in the surf at Jones Beach? Sex offender.

    Did you scratch yourself when a cop was looking? Sex offender.

    • I would be much less worried about this, if it weren't for the fact that the label of "sex offender" is used for everything where genitalia are involved.

      Did the cops follow you 20 yards into the thick forest along the interstate to catch you peeing? Sex offender.

      Did your top get ripped off and carried away in the surf at Jones Beach? Sex offender.

      Did you scratch yourself when a cop was looking? Sex offender.

      Even worse is that all of those offenses have nothing to do with online behavior. The punishment doesn't fit the actual crime.

  • Sex Offenders (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Translation Error (1176675) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:03PM (#42350085)
    This is a good step, along with other such measures that do their best to prevent people convicted of sex crimes from having a chance of living a happy, productive life once they've served their time. We must continually tighten the screws on them and make sure they can't have lives that are worth too much to throw away in a moment of stress, rage, and frustration.

    Because a dog that's constantly beaten and scolded is the one that behaves best, right?
    • by asmkm22 (1902712)

      Part of the issue is that, unlike bank robbers or most other criminals, sex offenders (not talking the unlucky people who are just technically charged) tend to have actual psychological issues at the heart of their problems. Maybe a dad or priest molested them as a kid or something. Point is, the concept of rehabilitation for an actual sex offender isn't cut and dry. A lot of sex offenders that have "successfully" lived a post-offense life say the same things about rehabilitation. Namely, that the urges

  • Stupid (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hatta (162192) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:06PM (#42350123) Journal

    The age of the average gamer is around 35. The pedo patrol is just fucking out of its mind. What's next, kicking people who have served their time out of movie theaters, restaurants, concerts, and sporting events just because there might be some kids around?

    • Re:Stupid (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Kergan (780543) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:13PM (#42350217)

      I think it's pretty safe to bet that the US will go there eventually.

    • by Kjella (173770)

      What's next, kicking people who have served their time out of movie theaters, restaurants, concerts, and sporting events just because there might be some kids around?

      A certain percentage will never agree that sex offenders have ever "served their time". They'd like everyone who's ever earned that title to either:
      a) Be in prison for life
      b) Go kill themselves
      c) Stay a zillion miles from anywhere they go
      So their answer to your question is "Yes, all of the above and we're still too nice to them."

      • And if you think sex offenders should be in prison for 998 years rather than 999 years, you're callous towards victims!

  • by mark-t (151149) <markt@@@lynx...bc...ca> on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:22PM (#42350371) Journal
    I mean, clearly, if a convicted sex offender is not going ever going to be allowed to reintegrate into normal society and be permitted to relate to society in a normal way after their incarceration, then what on earth is the point of releasing them back into normal society in the first place?
  • So, Say you're a "Sex Offender". You're required to register all your on-line account information with some agency... Say you decide to "relapse" into your wicked ways and do some sexual offending. Wouldn't you just not register that new on-line account? That is to say, it would be just as effective to simply require that sex offenders don't do any more sex offending ever again, right?

    Bonus: Simply requiring sex offenders to stop performing sexually offensive acts would avoid the fairly brain dead Denial of Service that's now possible because they're letting deviants tell them which email addresses to black-list.
    "I hate that fucker, I'll just register their email under my sex-offender accounts; Screw you and your on line games! Ha ha!"

    Meanwhile, those that wanted to move on and be good people are constantly reminded of their past mistakes. Thus, the frustrating on-line processes, exclusion from parts of society, and reinforcement that they can never be cured will increase the chances that those who channel anger through sexual offenses will do so again.

    I know! Why don't we just make it illegal to do bad things! That'll stop all the crime! Also, if they don't do this for violence related criminals too, i.e., murderers then they're damned hypocrites. Killing humans is less heinous than Raping humans? WTF? Won't someone think of the Children!? I'd rather have a raped but still alive kid than a dead one...

  • by Shoten (260439) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:28PM (#42350455)

    ...this gives me a whole new perspective on the practice of "teabagging" someone you've just shot in a multiplayer setting...

  • So picture this... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JustNiz (692889) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:28PM (#42350459)

    You're on a road trip driving on an empty road in the middle of nowhere, and you desperately need a pee. There isnt a town or anything at all for at least 50 miles and theres no way you can hang on that far anyway.
    You finally have to pull over to the side of the road and take care of business. Unfortunately a cop car goes by at the wrong moment and he spotted you, turns around and arrests you for peeing in a public place. Congratulations you are now a registered sex offender. Thats how easy it is and how fucked up the system really is.

  • by Animats (122034) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:40PM (#42350645) Homepage

    The real problem is sex offenders with religious power and organized support for cover-ups. The Catholic church has had a huge problem with this for decades. Now it's coming out that the New York ultra-Orthodox Jewish community [nydailynews.com] has a similar problem. They're having big rallies for a sex abuser. [nydailynews.com] Not for the victim, for the abuser. The 12 year old abused girl "wore supposedly indecent clothing, read People magazine and questioned God's authority in a religious school class", which in that community is considered justification for sexually molesting her.

    And New York State is worried about video game chat.

  • by chmod a+x mojo (965286) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:42PM (#42350673)

    Yeah, brilliant plan, take away the thing that most of them used to kill time to "protect children." Leaving them more time in the real world to become bored / jaded and for the actual pedos out there plan how to get get their hands on more kids since they have time and nothing to do with it. Meanwhile the non-violent offenders get ostracized even further.

    Not to mention they will just "forget" to report that throwaway email they registered with, and get pissed even more at society at large / the state than they already are.

    But hey, the lawmakers can stroke themselves harder for a while because they "protected the children."

  • by coinreturn (617535) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:46PM (#42350739)
    They should at least be able to play in some MMORPG that allows ONLY registered sex offenders to play.

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