A spanking! A spanking!

We Dare

Spanking, necking, flirting, stripping... yes, it's all family fun courtesy of Ubisoft

I’ve been putting off writing a blog recently in the hope that something would come along to dislodge the two pieces of gaming fluff cluttering up my head: the trailers for We Dare and Dead Island.

Thankfully the latter of these two has been easier to ignore, because it’s yet another game with zombies in it, and I’m kind of done with the undead for th the moment. Also the buzz around it died down surprisingly quickly. After the entire internet decided that Dead Island’s trailer was the most amazing thing, since like, evah, the rest of the internet decided it was just a sodding trailer and, while they conceded it was very well made, it was still just a sodding trailer. And thank God for that, because at the end of the day, despite the fact that it looks nice, and does a fantastically manipulative job at tugging on your heartstrings while showing a family being attacked by a bunch of zombies, it’s still JUST A SODDING TRAILER!

The second piece of fluff has been less easy to ignore, which is weird because the buzz around it died just as quickly. But for some reason, every single time I’ve thought about writing a post on this thing, frames from this advert have flooded my brain. And yes, it might have something to do with the fact that the advert for it is basically soft-porn. Hey I’m human. Sue me.

Well, it seems now there’s an extra reason the Wii Motes come packaged with a rubber sleeve. Oh and while you’re thinking about that, think about this; the game has received a 12 rating. Ho-hum.

To be honest, I’m surprised that it took the games industry this long to produce We Dare. party games on the Wii are played by as many drunken 20 and 30-somethings on a Friday night as they are kids and, in hindsight, a video game version of Spin The Bottle seems inevitable.

It’s also not very surprising that We Dare seems distinctly tawdry. After all, when was the last time you saw a video game treat sexual content with anything approaching maturity? Since its first appearance in video games (Custer’s Revenge – what a friggin’ debut that was) pretty much all sexual content in games has been geared towards cheap titillation. The only example I can think of off the top of my head where a game attempted to break this mould was the love scene in Heavy Rain, but quite frankly that just looked weird. We Dare isn’t doing anything outside the box, but for what is being pitched as the video game version of spin the bottle, there’s a particularly sleazy undercurrent. It doesn’t stop with the trailer, by the way, the We Dare website is worth a look just for the bit where it lists a “satisfying finish” as one of the game’s selling points.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see if We Dare does as well as Ubisoft’s other party game for the Wii, Just Dance. It’s out this Friday so we’ll have an answer on Monday…

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