chatplz.gif Premiere site of gaming parenthood GamerDad has posted a very interesting 'LongShot' column following up on the recent GSW story about the dangers of PictoChat - or rather, Philadelphia ABC-6 Action News' impressions of those dangers.

GamerDad's Dave Long reveals: "What's not in the story is anything explained by the GamerDad this reporter consulted before going to air. On Monday morning, I received a call from Nydia Han of Channel 6 Action News, asking me about this exact story, the workings of the Nintendo DS, Pictochat and Wi-Fi." In fact: "When contacted for the story, I talked for a good fifteen minutes about the possibility of this situation occurring and what might have to take place to facilitate it. I specifically explained that turning on the DS in a public place has never turned up a Pictochatter."

Nonetheless, as Long notes: "Unfortunately, the story is written in such a way that nothing I said is made clear at all. The story essentially makes it sound like your kids can be contacted on the DS by anyone at any time and that you should beware of predators with Nintendo DS lurking on every corner and on the Internet." Ack, doubly annoying.