2007 was the biggest year yet for videogames, as the ESRB assigned
ratings to 1,563 games, most of which contained content suitable for even the
youngest gamers. Even with the gaming market growing out of its “just for kids”
demographic and image, games rated “M” for mature are on the decline.
According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB),
games rated M accounted for only 6 percent of all release in 2007. In 2006, 8
percent of games were rated M, which was also a decline from the 12 percent in
In contrast, games rated “E” for everyone saw the largest
increase, account for nearly 60 percent of all games rated in 2007. The “E10+”
for everyone 10 and older accounted for 15 percent, and “T” for teens 13+ claimed
According to the ESRB, the decline in M rated games and
growth of E rated games “is due in part to the recent influx of casual games
for the PC, handheld devices and online arcades,” as noted by Joystiq.
“This past holiday season was the biggest ever for video
games, contributing to record-breaking sales in 2007 of nearly $19 billion in
the U.S. alone,” wrote ESRB president Patricia Vance. “And although we tend to
hear from the media most about the more controversial Mature-rated games, the
reality is that 8.5 out of every 10 games sold last year were rated as appropriate
for ages 13 or younger ... And, as you'll see [in the chart], 94 percent of the
ratings we assigned were for games appropriate for ages 13 or younger.”
quote: Do you really think it would be rated Mature if it was just for violence? Not in the US.
quote: Mature games, in my experience, tend to be anything but "mature". Putting some swearing, sexual references/material, and blood 'n' guts does not make something mature.
quote: Everyone knows that mature games aren't always by definition "mature" content, game play, etc.
quote: We can thank people like Jack Thompson and other content nazis who want to control what games we're able to play for this.
quote: I'm not one who enjoys games like Manhunt or other games like that. But people should have the option to play them
quote: Well blame the person who let them play it (aka. the parent). Not the manufacturer who released it