Everything you need to know about whether Walmart is going to stop selling violent video games.
Despite video games being a form of art on par with television, cinema, music and books with special and unique qualities, the medium has recently been blamed for another unfortunate massacre in America. Yes, the pompous right-wing buffoons have once again suggested that video games are the leading cause of gun violence rather than the country's lenient gun control laws. Following this fiasco, gamers under the jurisdiction of Donald Trump have started to fear that Walmart is going to stop selling violent video games.
Video games being blamed for barbaric murders is nothing new as Rockstar's Manhunt was deemed culpable for the tragic death of a 14-year-old back in 2004. This resulted in the beloved game's sequel becoming the first video game banned in the UK for over a decade back in 2007.
While other mediums such as music have also been short-sightedly blamed for instances such as the Columbine high-school shootings, video games have been mistakenly blamed by America the most despite mass murders being a recurrent crisis for them alone. However, does the country's high population of gamers need to worry about Walmart no longer selling violent video games?
Walmart pulls violent video game displays
CNN Reported on August 9 that Walmart is taking down in-store displays of violent video games thanks to the recent shootings in America.
Walmart spokesperson Tara House confirmed this advertising tact by saying the store has "taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week," but that the new ploy "does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment."
In addition to not displaying violent video games, Walmart had also decided to stop playing violent movies and television shows in the store's electronics section.
Video games have been blamed by Donald Trump and others for the rise in gun violence, but Japan and elsewhere is proof that the medium isn't to blame.
Furthermore, the Department of Media and Technology Psychology at the American Psychological Association stated two years ago that there is scant evidence" for "any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities."
Rather than hiding violent video games, many people have instead called on Walmart to just stop selling guns.
Is Walmart going to stop selling violent video games
While Walmart has decided to remove video game imagery from some locations following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, American gamers needn't threat about them no longer selling violent video games.
According to the Verge, Walmart has only removed signage, advertisements, and demos for some video games featuring violence and firearms, but they haven't told employees to remove any games from the shelves.
M-rated titles featuring firearms are still available to buy in-store, and the Verge has even corroborated this by confirming that Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call Of Duty are still being sold in Berlin, Vermont.
It's troubling that video games continue to be blamed for mass shootings despite the lack of evidence through studies and other means, but gamers don't need to concern themselves with the possibility of Walmart no longer selling their favourite or most anticipated titles.
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