Keep checking BNN for the breaking news updates, and discuss it on the forums or in the Bulbagarden Discord server.

Want to write an article? Go ahead! Have an opinion to share? An idea for a new column? Contact us!

Difference between revisions of "Pokémon cards allegedly link to adult website"

From Bulbanews, your community Pokémon newspaper.
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Added the source, not publishing because this may not be true.)
(this is an interesting story)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{Article|
 
{{Article|
 
type=local |
 
type=local |
picture= |
+
picture=QR code.jpg |
caption=A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokemon cards recently. |
+
caption=Quick response code |
 
weekday=Wednesday |
 
weekday=Wednesday |
 
day=15 |
 
day=15 |
Line 15: Line 15:
 
user=Bellsprout |
 
user=Bellsprout |
 
userlink=User:Bellsprout |
 
userlink=User:Bellsprout |
tagline=QR Code on Pokémon Card Turns Up Adult Site |
+
tagline=Code allegedly links to adult website |
blurb=A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokemon cards recently. }}
+
publisher=the dark lord trombonator |
  +
blurb=KPTV has reported that a family in Oregon received a big shock while playing with some new Pokémon cards. Rather than accessing a Pokémon website, the quick response code on the product apparently linked to an adult website. }}
 
{{CategorizeIn|Anime|2|12}}
 
{{CategorizeIn|Anime|2|12}}
 
{{Rumor}}
 
{{Rumor}}
  +
[[File:QR code.jpg|thumb|right|220px|Quick response code]]
  +
A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokémon cards, KPTV news has reported.
   
SHERWOOD, OR (KTPV) -
+
The cards came with a quick response (QR) code, as pictured, which can be scanned to access more information about the product. In particular, the code on the TCG deck purchased was promoting the Pokémon Online Challenge. However, upon scanning the code which came with his children's cards, father-of-two Ben Lapp was allegedly directed to an adult website.
A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokemon cards recently.
 
   
They scanned what they thought was a quick response code, which is similar to a bar code and can be scanned for more information about merchandise, but it took them to a pornographic website.
+
This is the first case Bulbagarden has heard of where a QR code packaged with a Pokémon product has not reached its intended target.
   
Ben Lapp used his smart phone to scan the code, which was promoting the Pokemon Online Challenge, but the responding web search wasn't what he expected.
+
Photographer and QR marketer [http://www.flickr.com/people/jefflorton/ Jeff Lorton], interviewed by KPTV, says care should be taken in the manufacture and use of QR codes. "Things are moving so fast, there are bound to be some mistakes made by people," he said.
   
"When the site came up, I didn't know what to do. Suddenly, you can't hit the back button fast enough," Lapp said.
+
KPTV was not able to reach the Pokémon Company for comment.
   
Lapp's 7- and 9-year-old children didn't see anything, but he and his wife remain concerned. They fear other families may not be so lucky.
+
KPTV is a Fox-affiliated television station servicing the Portland, Oregon market.
 
The Lapps later noticed the fine print on the card that directed them to the Pokemon website, and the code given on that site did work as expected.
 
 
Jeff Lorton, an expert on quick response codes, says companies need to be careful about the codes they use and the instructions given to users. He says there's still a learning curve with the technology.
 
 
"Things are moving so fast, there are bound to be some mistakes made by people," he said.
 
 
The Pokemon Corporation couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.
 
 
Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved.
 

Revision as of 09:24, 16 February 2012

Code allegedly links to adult website
Article
Discussion*
Report error
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012

551Sandile Dream.png
This local article reports on an event in a specific geographical location. It may not be relevant for all readers.
Link to this article
  • [url=//bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_cards_allegedly_link_to_adult_website] Pokémon cards allegedly link to adult website[/url]
  • <a href="//bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_cards_allegedly_link_to_adult_website"> Pokémon cards allegedly link to adult website</a>
183Marill Dream.png
Rumor Warning!
Some information in this article has not yet been confirmed true. Proceed with caution.
Quick response code

A Sherwood family received a big shock while playing with some new Pokémon cards, KPTV news has reported.

The cards came with a quick response (QR) code, as pictured, which can be scanned to access more information about the product. In particular, the code on the TCG deck purchased was promoting the Pokémon Online Challenge. However, upon scanning the code which came with his children's cards, father-of-two Ben Lapp was allegedly directed to an adult website.

This is the first case Bulbagarden has heard of where a QR code packaged with a Pokémon product has not reached its intended target.

Photographer and QR marketer Jeff Lorton, interviewed by KPTV, says care should be taken in the manufacture and use of QR codes. "Things are moving so fast, there are bound to be some mistakes made by people," he said.

KPTV was not able to reach the Pokémon Company for comment.

KPTV is a Fox-affiliated television station servicing the Portland, Oregon market.