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M-rated Video Games Sell and Rank Better Than T/E Rated Counterparts

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In the United States, games are rated by the ESRB for content. An E rated game has content suitable for Everyone, a T rated game has content suitable for Teenagers, and an M rated game has content suitable for Mature audiences only. However, the ESRB rating system may represent more than just content suitability. A recent study found that M rated games sell a lot better than games rated T or E. And not only do they sell better, review boards generally found M rated games much more entertaining than T or E rated games.

This data is not all that surprising, considering that most game programmers are targeting the 17-32 year old demographic.

Source: Neoseeker


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HAHA. I liked that comment.


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Feb 6, 2007
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I think the whole ESRB system is a crock.
"T" for teen ? That should then cover thirteen to nineteen year olds, which is obsurd. If you are old enough to get your butt shot off fighting for your country, I think you should be able to choose the games you play.

That being said, I wish they would just drop the subjective rating symbols (E, T, etc) and just post on the box what the contect of the game contain (ie. graphic violence, nudity, etc.), and let the parents decide from there.

If parents are too ignorant or apathetic to read the box that is hardly the fault of the game companies.

Just my 2 cents.
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Nobody really pays attention to ratings anyway. If a 7 year old wants a GTA game, and staff refuse them because their too young, their parents just buy it for them anyway. It's pointless really.
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I find it funny that Mature says 17 or older, but game stores require you to be 18 to buy an M game?

Newegg ftw.
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I listened to Bill O'Reily today as I was out installing equipment at a guys place, kinda had to, he really does sound like one of the ratio stations in GTA, the shithead who rambles on and cuts off those who disagree. Maddox is right, he is a blubbering vagina.

But I like to shoot people in the face on the game, and beat the shit out of them, but would never wish to kill a living person, so ratings can kiss my whole @sshole.