No violence in holiday's 'most wanted' games by teens, tweens?

Survey says Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Band II, Mario Kart, and Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party II top wish lists for 8-17 year-old boys and girls.

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Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band II are the two most wanted games for the 2008 holiday season for 8- to 17-year-old boys and girls, according to a holiday gift survey by gaming retailer Game Crazy (conducted by Weekly Reader Research). These are followed closely by Mario Kart and Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party II.

I'm having a hard time swallowing these results, mostly because these all seem too "family friendly." Game Crazy, after all, is owned by Hollywood Entertainment and could lose customers if the results were more "adult." The participants consisted of 965 qualifying respondents (owning at least one video gaming system), made up of 488 boys and 477 girls aged 8-17. The only difference between the genders: the boys want Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, while the girls don't.

With several shooter sequels coming this fall, including Gears of War 2 and Far Cry 2, and the massive global conflict fun of Tom Clancy's EndWar, where's all the blood and guts and destruction in these games? Surely kids still want to shoot and blow stuff up, right?

A more complete breakdown of the survey results are as follows:

Girls:

  • 8-10 years old
    • Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party II (rated E10+) - 18 percent
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 14 percent
    • Rock Band II (rated T) - 11 percent
  • 11-13 years old
    • Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party II (rated E10+) - 24 percent
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 16 percent
    • Mario Kart (rated E) - 15 percent
  • 14-17 years old
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 20 percent
    • Rock Band II (rated T) - 17 percent
    • Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party II (rated E10+) - 15 percent
Boys:
  • 8-10 years old
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 18 percent
    • Mario Kart (rated E) - 14 percent
    • Rock Band II (rated T) - 11 percent
  • 11-13 years old
    • Rock Band II (rated T) - 17 percent
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 15 percent
    • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (rated T) - 14 percent
  • 14-17 years old
    • Guitar Hero World Tour (rated T) - 15 percent
    • Rock Band II (rated T) - 14 percent
    • Mario Kart (rated E) - 13% percent
About the author

Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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