Ratings Board Says Teens Would Find Swinger Game 'Beneath Them'

Even though the game ratings authority in the U.K. says "the average 16-year-old would think everything in We Dare was beneath them," politicians, parents and media there are apoplectic that Ubisoft's ridiculous swinger-party game was rated a 12 - meaning suitable for kids.

"I have a 13 year old daughter and if I knew she was playing such a highly charged sexual game with boys, I would be appalled. It is encouraging under-age sex," said one mother to The Telegraph. Keith Vaz, a member of Parliament and long-time industry critic, called on Nintendo to take action as the custodian of a "family-friendly" console.

"Wii must ensure that there are proper checks and a full consultation before games are graded for use by children. This game should not be released until these checks are made," Vaz said.

Yet one mother of a 15-year-old son found it all harmless. "Its only like a modern day spin the bottle, it's just a bit of harmless fun."

The Video Standards Council - which oversees the rating of games in the U.K. - assures everyone We Dare isn't worth the fuss, despite its marketing as "sexy" and "flirty." Any sexual content is completely implied, he said, and a mini-game that showed characters stripping to their underwear was done so in the context of losing weight.

"There is no sexual activity," he said. "There is suggestion and innuendo if you're that way inclined but you don't actually see anything".

Stripping and spanking video game awarded 12 certificate [The Telegraph]


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    This is one confused game and marketing campaign. IS it aimed at 12 year olds, or 16 year olds, or adults? cos I just watched the live-action trailer, and it's the lamest stuff I've ever seen - surely nobody OVER 12 is ever going to be interested in bothering with that stuff. As the UK games rating board pointed out. On the other hand, to say that there is "suggestion and innuendo if you're that way inclined" is ludicrous - people aren't INFERRING it, it's right there; the trailer implies it strongly enough. That said, it doesn't show much of the actual GAME, so perhaps that's an unfair criticism - but that brings me to why they would make a game apparently aimed at 12 year olds (if anyone thought adults would wanna play this then they're just moronic) but then advertise it as adults playing it and make it look like a swingers partly.

    Does the game actually suggest the spanking or NOT? if it does, then...really, I don't think that's appropriate for 12 year olds (or younger for that matter, since anyone of any age can buy and play it), but if it DOESN'T, then the graphics and trailers used to advertise it are pretty misleading. Not that there's anything new there.

    “Wii must ensure that there are proper checks and a full consultation before games are graded for use by children. This game should not be released until these checks are made,” Vaz said.

    WTF!!! Sounds like the persons blaming "Wii" for it's rating. Fools!!!!!

    I dont believe this. This is ok, but Mortal Kombat is not?

    How can such a video game be allowed to be marketed to 12 year olds? It's awarding points for RAPING other players! It encourages 10 year olds to rape each other, then gives more points if you're under the influence.

    Now, I've never actually PLAYED the game, but my best friends sister heard about it, so like HECK I'm having that smut in my house! We go to church and pray, and this is what we get?! Honestly! Whatever happened to good wholesome values.

    Why doesn't Nintendo step in! This is THEIR console, they have complete control over this, so why are they congratulating 6 year olds for raping each other with various household instruments!

    These video games disgust me. Back in the 90s we never had any of this stuff, not in cinema, literature, or music! I despise these video games. Why won't the government tell my children what they can and can't play??

    *clears throat* I was hoping to go for a bit as "enraged parent" on ACA, regarding this issue when it heads down to Aussieland. What do we think?

    ...What? They don't pay those people? HOLY CRAP! We have a some stupid people in the world!

      The only problem I find with your post is that it is entirely how ACA and any TV station (in Australia) that gets wind of this will react. :(

      @Cheesel: Maybe you should go back to your church and REPENT for using the word "rape" so freely out of context and sinfully attempting to mislead other people. In fact, why don't ALL the god botherers get off the Internet and stop telling other people how to live their lives?

      If the game has a 12+ rating, clearly it contains nothing too explicit. No smut, no rape, no violence. Get over it. As for parents being hysterical about the possibility their innocent babies growing up and experimenting with their sexuality - why were the hypocrites allowed to breed in the first place? If the topic of sex and sexuality makes them break out in a rash, is there some sort of special cream for it?

        Rupert - your sarcasm detector is malfunctioning

          I know... the idea of an angry churchgoer preaching to the Internet was just so plausible that I entirely missed the "clears throat" bit. I blame Conroy for overloading my sarcasm detector!

    If you don't like it ...Don't buy it!
    If you do like it.... You are a Moron!

    Agree with Thrash Titan,
    this is acceptable for kids yet us adults cant go out and buy a mature fighting game for innocent entertainment?

    what sick pedo came up with giving it a kids rating?!
    WTF is wrong with this country!?
    I've honestly had enough of missing out on great games while immature C**p like this gets passed! FOR KIDS!!
    it is seriously time for a complete and total review of the game rating system in this country
    i hope some sick B*****d losses sleep over this.

      Gotta remember - it's not aimed AT kids. It's just so comparatively tame that it's not restricted.

      Saying that, it doesn't seem to be aimed at adults, either. Maybe they're hoping to create a new market? Games for raunchy people in vegative comas?

    It's just a bit of harmless fun like spin the bottle or board games like Monogamy and if some of it is ok, then it is all ok. And just because it received a rating of 12 doesn't mean it is being marketed to children, it just means there is nothing that is actually in the game that is inappropriate for children. If your mind wasn't so far in the gutter you'd probably think it was harmless as well.

    The problem 'normal' people face is that it is the pornographic trade behind these types of games, child pornographers not excluded.
    Our laws are ignored or bipassed, and sexualising children has been on the agenda for many many years.

    Parents have to be vigilant, not just with computer games, but kids just watching daytime TV are getting too much sex and violence exposure, when everything is supposed to be G rated. It's not. Time to turn both off. The damage done to immature minds is irreversable. For Petes sake, what the hell is happening to the world? We are living in a sewer.

    Blowing humans to bits is OK as long as you don't spank them first.

    The human being - unlike animals - has an inherent dignity that is not based on whether the person is a churchgoer or not. It degrades a young or old person to be seen just as a sex object.
    I have seen documentaries about 'male' birds wanting to mate and through their display of feathers and so on, become beautiful.
    It does not happen the same with people that see and experience life and sex. Their faces frighten me.

    Is somebody out there trying to corrupt the minds of children and teaching them the pagan ways of lustful living? What sane adult with half a brain would want to expose their children to this pathetic rot? Haven't the children of today got enough sordid crap to wade through with television and R rated games as it is without exposing them to more Illuminati inspired rubbish? Do you want your children to grow up with no morals and go around having sex with strangers and getting pregnant at 12 and then you have to support their bastard children? Come on! Get a grip!! Toss this shit in the trash heap where it belongs!!

    To everyone who claims this is not a harmful game I beg to differ. Children will play it. The message is it is good fun to flirt with strangers and it is ok to have sex with them. 12 year olds are vulnerable and at this age their minds are developing and being shaped by the environment. And if Irresponsible adults let them play adult games it is teaching them that it is fine to do adult things. THEY ARE CHILDREN! They don't know better!

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