Study says M-rated games sell well! Wow…

researchpapersAnother set of statistics about the gaming market is like any other day. It’s like clockwork and I try not to get tired of reading them all, despite the fact that most of them are pretty obvious.

But without further ado, the EEDAR (Electronic Entertainment Design and Research) released figures from its new study, Console Intelligence Brief 2007.

Among a lot of excellent and factual statistics, there’s the little clump of bullet-pointed facts that immediately reign importance over everything else and are easy to recall in petty arguments.

First and foremost, "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."

So that says, ignore all the negative press bias — good M-rated games sell well! Great, how about that, isn’t that a no-brainer?! Good games sell well, even if they have over-the-top violence or not. Other neat stats include:

1. Action is still the most prevalent game genre, appearing in 24% of all retail games in the market. The Shooter genre has the highest gross sales.
2. Out of the three "next-gen" consoles, the Wii released more than twice the number of games than either the PS3 or Xbox 360 during the first 7 months of each platform’s launch.
3. 45% of retail games don’t utilize online capabilities, even in today’s online-crazy stage. In fact, 98% of Wii games don’t have any online capabilities. Really?

The Console Intelligence Brief 2007 report was analyzed from 219 retail and 187 downloadable games for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 through the month of June 2007.


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