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Letter: Mature video games

Garrett Shaffer ("Violent games," Nov. 25) needs to review his opinion on the violent and "offensive" content in video games. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has been in charge of rating content in video games for nearly two decades and has been wildly successful in educating parents about the subject matter in them. Almost all retailers check IDs to make sure that "M" rated games aren't sold to minors — something that can't be said for "R" rated movies that contain a lot more realistic violence and sex than you'll ever find in any video game.

People need to realize that video games aren't just for kids anymore. The average gamer is in their 20s or 30s, so it's not unreasonable to assume that games would age and evolve with their audience. The fact is many "M" rated games contain more than just adult themes — they present stories that rival some of the best movies and books out there and can arguably be considered art.

Are there games that glorify horrible things? Yes, but the same can be said for all forms of entertainment, and no one seems outraged over "50 Shades of Grey." People always want to blame pop culture for everything that goes wrong in society — video games are merely their newest scapegoat.

Adam McDonald

West Valley City