Unless they’ve been playing too much real-life beer pong, GamePolitics readers will likely recall the recent flap over the Wii-ware title formerly known as Beer Pong.
Released this week with an E rating, the renamed Pong Toss from JV Games sparked earlier protests from educators as well as a call from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) for the ESRB to re-rate the game as Adults Only.
Time has now bellied up to the bar to offer own examination of the Beer Pong controversy and finds that it was predictable given concerns over binge drinking:
Perhaps, in retrospect, JV Games should have seen this coming. After all, drinking games and video games may be two of college-kids’ favorite pasttimes, but they are also a source of constant complaints from their middle-aged parents…
The controversy isn’t entirely surprising. The point of beer pong is to get your friends drunk… Last fall, Georgetown University banned beer-pong… The University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Tufts University have also banned drinking games.
The anti-pong activism strikes JV Games’ [co-owner Jag] Jaegar as somewhat fruitless. As long as students "have access to alcohol, they will create drinking games out of any activity," he says. More to the point, if students have access to alcohol, they’ll drink it — no games necessary.