Fewer Kids Buying Adult Games; But Don't Expect The Press To Tell You That

from the say-what-now? dept

Matt writes in to point out that the FTC has released a study about the film and video game industry's ability to self-regulate when it comes to minors purchasing adult content. The report shows a very positive trend, in the video game space, where the number of children buying "M" rated games has been cut in half since 2000. However, as Matt points out, that doesn't make for interesting headlines. Instead, folks like the NY Times come up with the following headline: Report Says the Young Buy Violent Games and Movies. Matt says: "Given video games' prominent place in the headline, one would assume that the article would cover the report's findings on video game sales to minors. However, the nearly 1000-word article devotes only 3 lines to those findings. The rest of the article covers the report's findings on the film industry, which fared much worse in the FTC study."
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  1. identicon
    B, 15 Apr 2007 @ 10:01pm

    Piracy

    I'm willing to bet piracy is a big cause. Quite a few of the kids who play "M" rated games probably know more about piracy then the casual gaming kid who only plays Madden 2007 (this is simply my guess of course, a speculation).

    "With cool new gaming developments on under 'M' ratings, who needs to buy 'Mature' games. For instance, I give you the Wii. At least 9/10 people will tell you that the Wii is amazing (or that they really want to try it), yet I doubt Wii has many (if any) 'Mature' titles. Plus.. games like GTA are just becoming BORING now."

    LOL!!! The Wii amazing? That must be why no one I know is least bit interested in it. LOL!!! Sure it's "amazing" IF you like games made for people with very short attention spans and kids. Games like GTA boring? THAT must be why they sell so well... Maybe we should call you Captain Obvious? Or maybe not. ;-) Could you any more like a Wii fanboy?


    All I have to say to that is "wow." My little brother (who has a very short attention span) finds more enjoyment in GTA then any Wii game he's ever touched. Even worse, you're called him Captain Obvious. GTA has probably sold so well (in comparison to the Wii) because (a) it's been in the market longer and (b) it has a price tag much less then $400, not to mention it is on 3 different platforms and "piratable" (that's not even a word).
    Oh, Norman619, if you used less "LOL"s in your sentances you wouldn't come off as such a moron. Just a tip.
    -B

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