Friday, September 25, 2015

ESRB Ratings Showing Shift in Games

Dadaviz, a data visualization website, has recently crunched numbers on the types of video games released over the past decade based on the ESRB rating system. What they have graphed out is that there is a steady rise in M rated games, while E is on the decline.

Here's what you should take away from this: it's not that big of a deal.

Really. It's not. There are still a lot of E games on the market, and they make up over 40% of the content out there. Has it gone down? Yes. But it's not the end of the world, parents.

What this trend in gaming is showing is that the audience is growing up. Gaming is not an activity for children, as many of us know. And now we have the data to back it up. As the audience matures, so do the games (sometimes). It's further proof that the average age of gamers isn't 12, as many news media outlets would like to assume. We're growing up. Our tastes are changing. And the games we play are growing up with us.

There will always be E content. And as the graph shows the E10+ is steadily gaining momentum in growth to better evolve with kids today. So settle down, parents. You'll still have your Mario. Some of us adults would like to play Diablo instead, if you don't mind.

I also find it freekin' hillarious that the post underneath it tracks the use of profanity in the Die Hard franchise. Die Hard with a Vengeance, one of the best in the series and my personal favorite, uses ass, damn, the f word, and the s word the most at 203 times. This doesn't include other curses or slurs dropped (such as the N word, as this was the movie with Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus). And then you watch it completely plummet in Die Hard 4 and 5. When did John McClain become soft?

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