Guardian analysis of top 50 games sold in 2012 found “more than half contain violent content labels”

Tuesday, 30th April 2013 20:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Guardian has posted a graph and a video, which shows information the site compiled through research regarding guns and violence in games. According to the site, an analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found that “more than half contain violent content labels,” and “one-third have weapons that depict real-life firearms.” According to the firm’s analysis, 68% of the games looked at contained violence while 32% contained none. Realistic firearms were found in less than half of of the 50 games of 2012, with 38% having guns in general. 62% having no guns. You can watch the video and run your mouse over the interactive chart through the link.



  1. The_Red

    So, around 40-49 percent of those best sellers are safe, family friendly titles? My god these analysts are idiots. Check out movies: Even Disney’s The Avengers contained “violence” in MPAA description.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. NeoSquall

    YOU DON’T SAY?!?

    Seriously, the reason for not having many more videogame-related gun crimes must be boggling their minds at the Guardian.
    They could have so much more stuff to work on if we all gamers took up arms and went on the streets guns blazing.

    Really, this “research” is a far cry (oh oh oh) by the common journalists because they don’t know how to attack us!!

    Sorry for the rant, I had to vent my frustration after the tenth consecutive busting out at Poker Night 2…

    #2 2 years ago

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