PEGI Explains Why A Swingers’ Game Is Rated For 12-Year-Olds

PEGI Explains Why A Swingers’ Game Is Rated For 12-Year-Olds

PEGI, the European equivalent of the ESRB rating in the U.S. took fire for classifying “We Dare” at 12 – which means a game that includes hanky-spanky and encourages couples to strip off clothes is, if not appropriate for ‘tweens, may be legally purchased by them.

Interestingly, “PEGI does not take into account the context of a game when rating it,” the board told Cubed3. “We only look at the contents of the game.” They then described the content of this self-advertised “sexy party game” as clinically as possible. “It contains mild swearing, minor assault on a human-like character and words/activities that amount to obvious sexual innuendo, explicit sexual descriptions or images and sexual posturing.”

As an example, the game’s notorious “stripping” minigame is really about standing on a Wii Balance Board and reducing as much weight as possible. So taking off one’s clothes is an obvious option – so is taking your car keys out of your pocket, assuming you play with those in your pocket.

“The game itself is in fact less sexual/offensive than the marketing campaign leads us to believe,” PEGI says.

How about this, it’s a game coming from a major publisher and a huge force in Europe’s games industry. Maybe that has something to do with a rating and product marketing that seem to be in conflict. Not that what’s been described, at its worst, could honestly turn your seventh-grader into a swinging horndog.

Ubisoft and PEGI Address We Dare Age Rating Concerns [Cubed3]


    • You can already get it in Australia, if you know where to go. (gametraders, DC etc.)
      There is no need to ban it, it’s just more shovelware. The best way to prevent a sequel and to send a message to the publishers is to not buy it.

      • That’s a bit harsh don’t you think. Everyone is entitled to there opinions.

        On the actual topic:
        I feel the same way as Reoh, maybe this is a good time to start re-evaluating how classification boards classify content.

    • Danny / Reoh

      Have you played the game?

      If not; how can you comment?

      If you have; why did you waste your money?

  • I’d contest that this decision highlights that their context ignoring protocols are flawed and they should perhaps re-evaluate their methodology. Context is of primary importance with regard to understanding a concept or message. Context can completely change a definition and should really be taken into consideration when evaluating media.

    PS – I’m for an R18+ rating for games in Aus, though I think this game only warrants an MA15+.

  • i don’t feel this game needs to be banned at all and the rating is fine with me , its just a shit party game like the other million ii titles that came before it and i seriously doubt 12 year old would start playing this at a party. they aren’t aiming it at a children’s audience, they are aiming it at a adult audience, that is why in the commercial , ADULTS are playing it.

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