Though the package says the game is appropriate for ages three and up (three? Really?), the vocabulary in last year’s Nintendo DS version of Scrabble leaves much to be desired, according to Tonya Carrington, who aired her grievances with her son Ethan’s game to the Mail Online.
Mrs Carrington tried out the program for herself on Ethan’s handheld DS console and was taken aback when her opponent laid down the word “t*ts.”
The game also gives a definition of words it uses, on this occasion giving the meaning “a garden bird” but also “an informal word for female breasts.”
Oh, well that’s not so bad. It can’t be helped that a normal word found itself corrupted by slang and misuse over the years…
Any doubt was removed when the next word the computer offered was “f*ckers,” which it defined as “a slang word for chavs.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it received a triple score and won the game for the character, whose name was Camilla.
…okay, that one, not so much. I tried checking an online dictionary, and let’s just say that it didn’t say anything about Chavs.
That it won the game has to be salt in the wound.
“I would have been horrified if Ethan had seen that word. ‘Sh*t’ had come up as well. I was absolutely mortified.”
The word “toke” – defined as “a draw on a cannabis cigarette” – also came up during a game. — Mail Online
Well, it’s hard to say the game isn’t educational. But I think if I had kids, I’d rather they were a bit older before they started learning that stuff.
Carrington has gotten a bit of a runaround in trying to get answers; they went to retailer Asda, who in turn told them to call Nintendo, who subsequently referred them to Ubisoft, who published the game. Though she had not heard back from Ubisoft for three months, they did speak to the Mail, informing them of a “Junior” option which prevents such words.
However, Carrington insists that “I read the booklet that came with it, and there was no mention of a junior version. It should be made much clearer.”