According to a recent study conducted by NPD Group, sales of violent videogames declined sharply last year. Mature rated games represented 11.9% of software sales in 2003, down from 13.2% a year earlier. That represents approximately $833 million in revenue generated from violent games. Of the 10 best-selling console titles of the year, only “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” was rated mature. Sales of violent games declined amid a boom in the software market last year. Sales of game software rose more than 5% last year to $5.8 billion.
I think Grand Theft Auto Sells not because it´s violent, but because it´s an very well thought and executed game.
For those who think extreme mature games is a trend, it is not anymore… Viva Mario!!!
Source: Polygon Magazine