Dare and Brave: 90s Dare game gets a naked makeover online and you should worry. Adding a wicked twist to the teenage game of ‘Truth and Dare’, a game called Dare and Brave hit Indian shores this summer and has recently come under the scanner. The game is played between a close-knit group of friends and does not include the ‘truth’ aspect of Truth and Dare – only the dare option is available.
A player dares another to perform a certain task, failing which the loser will have to do whatever the winner decides. The demands usually end up being an exchange of nude/pornographic pictures. This game first came under the radar in August but was soon drowned out by the public concern and outrage over the Blue Whale game.
However, the game came into the limelight again following a case where a 23-year-old from Gujarat demanded obscene pictures from a minor girl and was subsequently arrested. Asian Age reports that he was booked under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Information Technology (IT) Act.
Games dealing with truth and dare have always been problematic. If one were to hark back to 2011, one would remember a certain Sacch Ka Saamna television show which was controversial from the word “go”. Based on the ‘Moment of Truth’, contestants were hooked to a polygraph machines and asked a set of questions. The show faced flak because of the belief that admission of intimate personal details would set off copy-cat trends and legitimise such behaviour which would apparently lead to weakening morals in society. The show was seen as being against Indian culture and ‘in-house’ episodes aiming to replicate the television show had caused strains in relationships.
While some reports state that the Dare and Brave game began in the United States in 2016, ‘naughty’ versions of the Truth and Dare games have existed for quite some time now. Played in a bid to get the vibe of a party going, many apps and cards are also available which aim to spice up a relationship or flirtationship or whatever one may like to name it.
Cyber expert Haren Das told the Asian Age, “These games cater to different age groups. Teenagers are often a soft target, as they ‘are game’ for new experiences and are dragged into the dark side of such games. The one thing that parents can do is to restrict the use of devices and keep a close eye on their Internet activities.”
While the earlier naughty versions of Truth and Dare or ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ were played in close-knit groups with barely any physical evidence of the acts committed, the recent Dare and Brave game may lead to documentation of certain acts. When one uploads or sends nude photos or videos, they are at a risk of being leaked and could fall into the wrong hands.