The violence in video games debate has heated up yet again following a series of tragic mass shootings throughout the United States. Now, Walmart is ordering its associates to remove all signage containing violent imagery as well as video game demo units showcasing violent games.
Employees of Walmart have been posting the notice on Reddit and other forms of social media. Take a look.
Apparently Walmart is telling its employees to take down displays that show violent video games, specifically shooters, as well as movies and hunting videos. pic.twitter.com/2N3t4B86tf
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) August 7, 2019
The notice from Walmart instructs employees to unplug “PlayStation and Xbox units” specifically. For now, it looks like Nintendo can keep their Switch units up and running, as those don’t display any violent games.
The games are gone, but Walmart is still selling guns
Outside of video games, it seems Walmart will have hunting season videos and other violent movie signage taken down as well. Many employees and customers were quick to point out that even though Walmart is deconstructing the promotion of violent media, they still sell guns.
VICE had a chance to confirm the instructions with another employee, who believes Walmart is “shifting the blame.”
I went into work yesterday and they handed me a copy of the instructions to remove the violent signage and gaming displays, and I immediately threw it away because it’s obviously a way to shift the blame from the real problem regarding the mass shootings. I didn’t get to confirm this yesterday but they aren’t doing anything about the sales of guns and ammo in the store.
The violent video game debate re-entered the limelight recently due to President Donald Trump citing them as a cause for senseless violent acts. Since then, the debate has been the target of mockery amongst video game players and late show hosts. This is probably due to the fact that, many years later, we still have little to no connection between mass shootings and violent video games.
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