Quotes: Rated M for Money

The games I love most are all about war
And violence and murder and hate
And big exposed boobies all dripping with gore
Over which I will soon masturbate.
But today I went out and I bought a new fighter
Of indistinct nomenclature.
As I held it, I grinned and my trousers grew tighter
For the box art said 'M For Mature'

Then at the bottom was the biggest line of all, which said:
"There," says he, "if that line don't fetch 'em, I don't know Arkansaw!"

As far as I can make out, 'edgy' occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy (not to mention the spending money) out of the 'youth culture'. So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan.

These days, the only way you will ever get me to click on a music video and have me watch it for more than thirty seconds is to put an EXPLICIT label on there. 'Oh, you mean there are butts?' CLICK. We are quickly moving to a butt-based economy.

Chris: For those of you who arenít familiar with the original game, Mortal Kombat is basically just like Street Fighter, but made for people who have no taste.
Matt: Specifically, people who prefer seeing spines being ripped out and digital people falling into pits over appealing graphics and smooth gameplay.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Mortal Kombat

Most... non-executive people prefer more Friendship is Magics than Adult Party Cartoons. Which ones last longer? Which ones make more money"
The Mysterious Mr. Enter''

Gabriel: Heh heh hehe! Yeah, c'mon dude, you're enjoying this. I know you enjoy a lil' bit of the old ultaviolence.
Yahzee: Well, I like it to have a bit of context.
(explodes zombie with a shotgun before kicking him to death)
Gabriel: That doesn't need context.

A study published in the U.S. Pediatrics journal this month finds that giving a video game a mature rating makes it "unspeakably desirable" to children.
Chicago Tribune

There's something that's called 'adult animation' and it usually means it appeals to adolescent, teenage boys and that's not really adult in my view.
George Griffin, independent animator

Violence in video games has been a political topic ever since pussies were allowed to vote. And anti-game activists have gotten their stupid, punchable mouths back on the news recently because of Cliffy B's Bulletstorm... It actually penalizes you if your victims die with a face or penis— that's paradigm shifting. Oh, and speaking of penises, the game has worse dick jokes than a pediatric urologist. When you bring it home, your five-year-old will ask if you bought any games that are more mature.

Yep, that about does it for this series. RIP, Enterprise. When all you have left is juvenile gags about the science officer's tits, you've reached the end of the road.
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

Compared with something like The Sarah Jane Adventures which just got on with telling decent yarn and treating its characters intelligently, the two approaches couldnít be more different. The result is the SJA cast are instantly sophisticated whilst the Torchwood bunch look like a bunch of children playing at being adult.

After all, this is a business and you have to sell, sell, sell. And it most certainly worked. Rise of Arsenal outsold quality books like Secret Six, The Unwritten, Daytripper, Sweet Tooth and Power Girl. It proves that we havenít set the bar terribly high for ourselves as fans, and we probably wonít be collectively challenging the industry to make our books any better, either.