A new video game for the Nintendo Wii, called “We Dare,” is causing quite a bit of consternation. It seems the game, which encourages everything from sexual spanking to lesbian sex and orgies is rated for ages 12 and up.
“We Dare” apparently involves using the controllers of the Wii in various erotic ways to control the characters and action on the screen. It is, one supposes, just the perfect thing to spice up ones pagan orgy or mate swapping party, if one is into that sort of thing. However, the rating that suggests “We Dare” is suitable for children 12 and older is not sitting very well with many parents.
That means if a parent is not vigilant, and these days who can be, he or she is likely to come home to observe their barely pubescent children and their friends romping like the Emperor Tiberius’s “minnows” at his Capri pleasure palace egged on by the activities incorporated in “We Dare.”
Why would such an obviously adult video game be rating for minor children? It seems the rating was done by an “independent European panel.” Ubisoft, the company that sells “We Dare,” is based in France.
The “Independent European Panel” seems not to be aware that what might sell in Paris or Stockholm likely does not sell well in Dallas or Birmingham. San Francisco or Manhattan, maybe. There are just certain cultural niceties that are not being observed.
It is not that Americans are particularly puritanical about sex, as their European cousins sometimes are compelled to jeer. Americans do resent a video game that seems to be designed to encourage their children to engage in sex before they are psychologically ready to do so. That sort of thing tends to result in unplanned pregnancies and unwanted sexually transmitted diseases in an age group known for its irresponsible behavior. True, there may well be some 13-year-olds mature enough beyond their years to behave like a character in an early 1980s sex romp movie. But they are few and far between.
Better to have an equivalent of an R rating, which means actual parents might actually get to decide what their children can and cannot do. Kids will rebel, of course; they have since the beginning of time and it is a part of growing up. But one might think that a video game company, even one based in France, might restrain itself from encouraging the practice.
Source: It’s Wii too rude, Felix Allen, The Sun, February 26th, 2011