As reported by Vice, major chain retailer Walmart has begun to remove advertisements for games considered violent following two tragic shootings in two of its locations and the resurgence of the video game violence debate.
According to sources who spoke to Vice and images circulating on Twitter and Reddit, Walmart stores have begun to remove any major visible material that relates to games considered violent. Playable demos, upcoming events, and signs/posters, Walmart employees were sent a notice to remove any materials. Even posters for certain movies and hunting videos in their sporting goods section was included in the takedown.
“Review your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior. Remove from the sales floor or turn off these items immediately.”
This, many feel, is a distraction from the actual discussion about what has caused the rise of horrific mass shootings in America. While recently, a portion of government officials seem ready to blame violent video games, they also seem to ignore that other countries have the same games and hasn’t experienced the rise of violence the United States has.
An ever-growing number of advocates and reportedly Walmart employees feel like this is just skipping over an important conversation that we need to have, especially since Walmart is ignoring pleas from a large portion of their employees and gun control activists for the chain to consider ceasing gun sales.
It will be interesting to see however if this policy carries over to other chain retailers, at least until the ever returning video game violence debate, leaves once again given that study after study shows the claim that video games cause mass shootings, to be false.
(Source – Vice Games)
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