Lisa Lombardozzi of the Greater Herndon Community Coalition is not laughing however. In fact she is outraged! Her concern is that this game will encourage kids to play the college drinking game for real. It is easy to see her point, the ESRB rating is T (13+) yet you have to be 21 years old to legally drink in the good old US of A. Quelle contradiction! She told the Fairfax County Times:
The game encourages younger kids to emulate the patterns of college-age kids.
Not to be left out General Arthur T. Dean of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America had his two cents of free speech on the subject as well:
Beer pong is an activity that normalizes and encourages heavy binge drinking, shows blatant disregard for the dangers of alcohol poisoning, and can cost lives and result in injury.
Furthermore, promoting the video game Beer Pong in the Frat Party Games series under a Teen rating ignores the fact that many youth involved in fraternities on college campuses are not of legal drinking age and that youth as young as 13 can purchase the game under this rating.
JV Games' spokesman Vince Valenti did not take this protest lying down however:
I think it's kind of funny. The game promotes the sport of beer pong. We are not advocating drinking any more than watching cartoons or watching the TV show 'Cheers,' or even going bowling or to a baseball game... if anything, you're going to be drinking less. Because you are too busy playing the game, trying to beat your opponent, to be constantly picking up a beer and drinking it.
So there you go, this game is actually going to help you drink less supposedly! I don’t think that there is too much to worry about anyway, kids are quite savvy these days - they wouldn’t be caught dead playing this stinker for a moment!
Source: Game Politics