M-rated Games Top Sales Charts According to New Studies
M-rated games have been the center of much controversy these days. Many people seem to have an attitude that gaming is for children and games should be appropriate for children to play. If this was true, then you would think that the mature rated games wouldn’t sell so well, when in fact they are the best selling titles on the market.
According to Electronic Entertainment Design & Research (EEDAR) reports:
Mature rated titles, comprising 10% of all US retail games examined, have both the highest average Metacritic scores and the highest average gross sales in the United States. This is despite not being offered for sale at some major retailers…
The Action genre is the most prevalent in the market at 24% of all available titles, through the Shooter genre has the highest gross sales.
Matt Peckham of PC World writes:
Surprising or not, [the EEDAR data is] still pretty astounding. And a little worrisome. You can bet that number’s at least partially composed of M-rated sales to minors. I suppose we’ll eventually see this study turn up in the pocket of some crusading politician as another truncheon to convince us we should let the government surrogate parent.
Most gamers will find this study completely unsurprising. Taking the look at just this year’s most highly anticipated releases, every one of them except for Manhunt 2 at first is M-rated including BioShock, Halo 3, and GTAIV before the delays threw it off track. This report could be used to justify governmental regulation of video games to protect our children from careless parents, but it could also be used to show that video games are purchased for and played by adults.