Full disclosure: As a giant, giant nerd, I never played spin the bottle. I’m actually not sure whether spin the bottle is a real thing, or if it’s only something that happens in tween movies and Judy Blume novels and this week’s “Glee.” But spin the bottle and the juvenile appeal thereof is what I thought of when TechStuff‘s Jonathan Strickland sent me a link to the video below. Warning: It’s safe for work, I suppose, but it’s suggestive. And awkward and embarrassing.
In case the video vanishes, it’s a game, shown in the video on the Wii but also apparently available for PS3, that PEGI (Pan European Game Information) has given an age rating of 12. It features spanking, bobbing for kisses and stripper poles. Naturally, the Internet is going a little crazy.
My first thought was, “A Wii sex party game? For 12-year-olds? Surely that can’t be real. This is fake, right?” But there it is in Ubisoft’s official YouTube channel. And there’s a press release on Ubisoft’s press extranet. So I guess the idea that the most obvious and exploitive use of girl-on-girl action I’ve ever seen in video game marketing might be a hoax is just wishful thinking on my part.
My second thought was, “I’m pretty sure kissing on a Wiimote while cartoony avatars bob around is the last thing on Earth I want to do with anybody I’m attracted to. And it’s an even lower priority with anybody I’m not attracted to.”
I can’t find the game itself on Ubisoft’s site at the moment (and references to it in search results redirect to the homepage), so I’m wondering if somebody realized marketing a sexually suggestive Wii game to twelve-year-olds — or anybody, really — is a colossally bad idea.
Edit to add: True, the video features adults, so it’s not really MARKETED to 12-year-olds, but it’s still squicks me out, and that rating of 12 speaks its own volumes.