Thursday, February 24, 2011

"We Dare" - Ubisoft's latest crime against humanity

hat-tip: Devin

Ugh.

Everyone knows I'm a big defender of The Wii - not just in terms of "there ARE actually good games on it" but also of so-called Wii "waggle game" titles themselves. Greater varieties of people gaming is a GOOD thing, and well-done motion-control party games are fun to play. BADLY done ones - or ones cashing in on the craze with minimal effort and a superficial "hook" on the other hand... no thanks.

With that in mind, behold "We Dare" - a "naughty adult party game" from Ubisoft...



Here's what I want to know: How did this get "ok'd" by Nintendo? Granted, the "Seal of Quality" isn't exactly what it used to be, but their still notorious for micromanaging third-parties and for guarding their family-friendly image like a Samurai Walt-Disney... so how exactly did they NOT have an issue with Ubi producing a Wii game where "shove Wii-remote down girlfriend's pants" is part of the control scheme, with an advertisement that - depending on your point of view - either looks like an Ashley Madisson spot or the lead-in to a deleted scene from "American Psycho?"

25 comments:

Mark said...

oy. i mean, if you wanted to play risque games with your attractive adult friends, would you really feel like doing it on the wii? now, i've definitely used my table-top-gaming expertise to make my fair share of overly-complex dice "games," but i'm not sure this is quite the same.....

Reverend Allan Ironside said...

Man, I defended the Wii for a looong time, but this? I got nothing. Nintendo, how the mighty have fallen.

Here's the most important question: I thought Sega did what Nintendon't. What will SEGA's response to this be? :O

Adam said...

Ummm...yeah. On one hand it was pretty funny to watch.

On the other hand...Really I don't have a problem with "adult" games for lack of a better term. They aren't my thing but someone must buy them considering how long Leisure Suit Larry's been around.

Somehow I see this as a special order type thing. Even if Nintendo ok'd this to be on the system I really can't see them letting it be on the shelf sitting next to Super Mario.

Nick said...

Someone must have got their wires crossed at Nintendo HQ for this to get released.

Arturo said...

My mileage with this trailer was about 30 seconds.

Daniel said...

Wait, this is an actual game?!
A friend of mine showed this to me earlier, I thought for sure it was just a joke from Cracked or some other site.

How the hell is this PEGI 12?!

TheAlmightyNarf said...

Funny thing is I know of few people who'll probably get this. I imagine this game could sell pretty well to the 18-25 crowd.

Axle said...

What does it say about me that during the.. I guess down-the-pants-and-spanking part I was trying to figure out how that matched what the Wii avatars were doing on screen?

I.. just don't get this.

Q said...

To be perfectly honesty with you, Bob, (trolling) I think your coming off as a bit of a hypocrite.

This ad, for lack of better words, ACTUALLY looks like its made for adults. There doesn't seem to be any of the juvenile trademarks that one might see in a Xbox or PS3 game and as a result I feel this ad and this game is trying to be inclusive, yes, to the mid-twenties to thirty yuppie demo. A feat that no other game in my living memory-then again I'm only five years old-has attempted. And to say, as you have suggested Bob, that being inclusive means only going after not only "hardcore" games but "casual" games, you have limited games as an art form.

Ryan Keys said...

Yeah, I agree with Q here,

The only real problem with this game, and this ad, is that it's contrary to Nintendo's family friendly image. Although they have been trying to get a more well rounded image since the Gamecube came out, and this will certainly help in that respect.

I'm not going to get it, I'm not exactly encouraged by the ad campaign either, but I don't think it's the worst thing that's ever happened, I mean, come on, look at the amount of 'adult' variations of table top games and card games there are around, I'm sure Ubisoft thought they could get some profit out of that concept.

Although, a game of strip Mega Man sounds much sexier.

Smashmatt202 said...

*watches video*

...This is wrong. This is... a holocaust of wrong.

Bob said...

Q,

I don't have an issue with the ad other than that it has a kind of creepy/sleazy (as opposed to "sexy") vibe, nor with someone making an adult-oriented Wii game other than amazement that Nintendo actually gave them a license.

I'm more just amazed that the thing exists at all, and in this form.

Christopher said...

Okay let me get this straight, how is it that money-making Microsoft, publisher of kill frenzy games, shoots down the idea of an erotic Kinect game (appropriately); but Nintendo (who should bloody know better) okays this garbage? I mean hell, the gameplay doesn't even seem to apply to what the actors are actually doing, so what's the bloody point?

Chris Cesarano said...

Considering some of the additional videos at the end, this might be a primarily European market game. Considering Europe treats sex very differently (and Ubisoft IS a French-Canadian company)...

In truth, I'm not sure what to think about it. It seems like someone took the idea of "sexy games" that College kids or young adults might play and tried to put it to a video game.

But...I'm just not sure. Am I pissed about it? Should I be pissed? Should I be glad that we're finally getting an "adult" game with more class than BMX XXX and The Guy Game yet taken seriously unlike Leisure Suit Larry?

It's a game that exists, and that actually doesn't surprise me. What surprises me is that a company as high profile as Ubisoft would make it, but at the same time, that's not surprising either. Ubisoft is the only major publisher that seems to WANT to make big budget games that are artistic rather than "Hey, let's build another shooter!". Doesn't always work, but, well, they try.

akkuma420 said...

@Bob
Although I do agree with this looking extremely stupid, creepy and against Nintendo's (supposed) ethical code they seemed to have placed upon themselves over the last 25+ years, I think you may have answered your own question.
"Greater variety of people gaming is a good thing"
The Wii seems to mainly appeal to small children, EXTREMELY casual gamers and the Nintendo loyalist.
While the demographic they look to be aiming this at (18-27 give or take) seems to prefer one of the other two.
Seems as though Nintendo is trying to add another demographic into the mix.
IMO at least.

Jacob Beck said...

One of the codes, 1993, is my birth year, that's scary.

John.E said...

That's..............just.......................dirty.

I will never look at my wii remote the same way again

Joe said...

I'm with Chris: there are parts of the world that are far less uptight about sex than most of the English-speaking world seems to be.

A game of chainsaw murder like MadWorld is "family-friendly" while a game for adults with healthy kinks is treated with scorn? Man, our society's messed up.

tyra menendez said...

You obviously haven't see the bikini-clad zombie killers game, out there.
http://www.amazon.com/Onechanbara-Bikini-Zombie-Slayers-Nintendo-Wii/dp/B001D7T2WQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2OKMZV11H3YOR&colid=1V9EH8NPFWD0E
Amazon.com link to said game.

Diana said...

@Bob: I think it's just another "Nintendo trying to expand their target demographic" type of thing, much like you keep going on about how the Wii has been able to get grandma and grampa into gaming.

That being said, is this indeed PEGI12?! A game like this shouldn't be PEGI12...... even if it IS a healthy kink game...... the advert for it is something I would expect to be PEGI18.

Though I must say, hat tip to everyone who didn't make any Wii jokes (John E. was going there but thankfully didn't go all the way lol). Nice to see that we can all be grown-ups here, even those posters born in the '90s. ;D

CraftyAndy said...

I'm surprise people care this much. I only hope it is explicitly pornographic just because It'll make fans cry. Oh NO boobs instead of guts spewing everywhere!

rob said...

Definitely fake.
Come on, none of the functions shown "in the game" are actually possible responses for a wiimote.

Q said...

@Bob

But that's just the thing, I don't think this is as creepy as your making it out to be. Obviously, I'm in the minority here. But this seems to be about as tamed as those sex-romps films in the 50's, there nothing too explicate about it but it is "tee hee hee" worthy to everyone's mom.

Hasse said...

Check out the first parental code. Suggestive, hehe.

Martín Cerón said...

What.The.Fuck. Really? Is there a market for this crap?

PS: Incidentally, the word verification for this comment is "hated". What are the odds? LoL.