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Non-violent video games top sales charts as debate around violence rages

Published: 14/Aug/2019 17:36 Updated: 14/Aug/2019 18:53

by Meg Bethany Koepp


A study published on August 13 shows that the best-selling video games for July were ones of non-violent nature, despite politicians claiming that games cause violence.

Debate around video games being a cause for violence ramped up after the August 3 and August 4 mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Politicians and even President Trump were quick to place some of the blame on video games.

A study published by Thinknum Media on August 13 gathered data for the top selling video games of July, and the results show that non-violent games were actually the most popular.

NintendoNon-violent video games sold more in July than violent ones.

Do video games really incite violence?

The study took sales data from July from three popular stores in the United States – Walmart, GameStop, and Amazon – and looked at the statistics leading up to early August. The aim was to see if video games really could influence such heinous acts.

Only seven of the top 10 games sold across all three stores were categorized as ‘Mature’ by the Entertainment and Software Ratings Bureau – four at Walmart, one at GameStop, and two at Amazon.

At Walmart, 2018’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ranked number one due to a reduced price of $10 that caused it to rise to the top. Battlefield 1 placed fifth, Grand Theft Auto V sixth, and Dying Light eighth.

As for non-violent video games, NBA 2K17 came in second place – again, due to a sale that pushed it into the charts. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was third and fourth place on Wii U and Switch respectively.

Thinknum MediaWalmart’s top ten selling video games of July.

In video game specialty store GameStop, only one game rated as ‘Mature’ by the ESRB made its top ten sales list and that was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at number five.

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Three Houses hit the top spot, with titles such as Madden NFL 20 and preorders for Pokemon Sword & Shield filling in the gaps.

Thinknum MediaGameStop’s July top 10 sales chart.

On, only two games rated as ‘Mature’ by the ESRB entered the site’s top ten sales list for July – Fallout 76 placed third, and The Last of Us Remastered ranked sixth.

Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch reigned high with the top spot, and non-violent video games like Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate filled out the rest of the list.

Thinknum MediaAmazon’s top 10 selling video games of July.

H/T: Thinknum Media

As the debate surrounding video games being a cause for violence rages on, it remains to be seen whether sales statistics will continue to show that non-violent games are more popular with consumers.


Epic confirms long-awaited Fortnite pre-edit changes are coming soon

Published: 31/Oct/2020 4:43

by Andrew Amos


It’s been a long time coming, but now Fortnite players can be put at ease: Epic are working on pre-edit changes to make building easier after years of the community petitioning.

Pre-editing has been a contentious issue in the Fortnite community for years. They’re on for all players, and helps players quickly place a lot of edited builds.

However, most players don’t use pre-editing, so its existence ends up being a hindrance more than anything. It can leave players exposed due to a poor build, something they weren’t intending at the time.

Fortnite player editing build
Epic Games
Pre-edits have been the bane of Fortnite players across the world. Thankfully, Epic are working on disabling them.

A new rallying cry across the community comes across with every new season, pleading with Epic to at least give player the option to disable pre-edits. While they’ve been dodging the issue for quite some time, there’s finally been some solid news.

After a year of uncertainty with Epic stating they were “actively considering” it, they’ve now set their course on giving the community what they want.

“We don’t have an exact timetable, but we’re going to [add a disable pre-edit option],” community coordinator TheStevieT told players on Reddit.

It comes after more clips of players dying because of their pre-edited builds went viral across Reddit and other social media platforms. It’s quite the common occurrence, and with Epic now solidifying their stance, it’s got players excited.

That being said, it could be a little while before it’s added. They’ve started work, but without an exact timetable in mind, it could be seasons down the line. One can hope that it’ll be added in Chapter 2 Season 5 at the end of 2020 though.


Another Epic staffer, gstaffEpic, clarified that such a change isn’t in any of the Fortnite builds yet. However, it’s getting close, and it’s something they’re “working towards.”

It might not be the most explosive subject, but as far as quality of life changes go, this could completely transform the way Fortnite is played. We will update you once more information arises.