Wii Beer Pong Controversy
As expected, controversy has risen regarding the Wii Ware release of aFrat Party Game that is reminiscent of beer pong. One big difference, there is no beer! This, according to an article from Fox News in Hartford Connecticut.
The root of the controversy is the fact that the game IMPLIES alcohol drinking, thus it should have rating more dramatic than the “teen” rating it has been given…. This is stupid. The actuality is that there are no references to drinking alcohol at all in the game and it’s not even called beer pong anymore, its called “pong toss”, thus this controversy really doesn’t make sense.
Well then, what about root beer?
Now this IS a beer pong Web site, but it is a little ridiculous that a game where you throw ping pong balls into cups is enough to create a controversy over an implications of binge drinking. Are we supposed to outlaw root beer to teens because it has the word beer in it, it’s brown, and is bottled in dark brown glass similar to actual BEER!? Should teens really not be allowed to drink root beer? Or how about any carnival game where you shoot a gun? Should we not allow teens under 18 to play those games because they shoot guns? Or hey! how about darts? Any person (even the professionals) will tell you that darts is a “bar game’. Well with this logic, teens can’t go to bars legally so should we not sell the game of darts to people under 21 years of age? And also, what about every card games that college students have turned INTO a drinking game. Should playing cards have a “mature” rating on them? I could go on forever. Many things can IMPLY drinking but these implications alone should not create limitations and restrictions.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that the actual presence of BEER is the only thing that could make “pong toss” a drinking game. The premise of the game of beer pong is actually extremely fun and very innocent… It’s throwing ping pong balls into cups. The first one to hit all the cups on the opponents side wins. The reason why the game can be played as such a good drinking game is that it actually works independently of the alcohol.
It is ridiculous to start a controversy over a rating on a video game that can only be associated indirectly to alcohol through players imaginations. Unless the Wii is somehow providing the alcohol, who cares?!?!?! And besides, the more everyone makes a big deal over drinking and playing drinking games the more drinking becomes a problem. I have some news from the detached adults associated to the initiation of this controversy… “Wii Beer Pong” is not going to convince a teen to start binge drinking or even drinking for that matter because they have probably already started! You know why they have already started? Because “It’s fun” , “everyone’s doing it”, and who the hell is going to wait until they are 21 to have a fucking sip of beer?!?
Video Game Ratings?
And as an aside, this whole thing seems even more worthless because ratings on a video games really make no difference at all. Maybe they did in the days when you actually had to go to a store and purchase a video game, but with that whole internet thing going on these days who can really regulating anything anymore besides the owner of the credit card? Let them make their own rating system.