Mature video games fare well on year-end best-seller list; are they becoming more mainstream?

By Jeff Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 5:55 a.m. MST

Once again, this is the reverse of the film industry, which typically releases more R-rated features than G or PG despite the fact that the restricted rating is less profitable.

Along with the five M-rated titles, the list of bestselling video games of 2012 includes Ubisoft’s wildly popular dancing game Just Dance 4, two sports titles (Madden NFL 13 and NBA 2K13) and two handheld games for the Nintendo 3DS (New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pokemon Black/White Version 2).

Conspicuously absent, though, are any games rated T for Teen — the gaming industry’s equivalent of the PG-13 rating.

A native of Utah Valley and a devoted cinephile, Jeff is currently studying humanities and history at Brigham Young University.

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