Following a pair of mass shootings within the United States, the general public eye has turned towards violent video video games as a attainable contributor. Seemingly in response, the retail big Walmart has reportedly begun eradicating signage selling violent video video games from its shops.
Vice experiences that an organization memo titled “Immediate Action: Remove Signing and Displays Referencing Violence” was distributed to Walmart shops. The discover tells retailer managers to seek out any shows that “contain violent images or aggressive behavior” and take away them from the gross sales flooring. It particularly mentions demos of violent video games on PlayStation or Xbox, “combat style or third-person shooter games,” violent motion pictures, and searching movies within the sporting items part. The coverage doesn’t seem to limit the sale of violent video games or different media, simply their promotion.
Walmart is an particularly symbolic location for this to happen. One of the 2 mass shootings from the weekend, in El Paso, Texas, passed off inside a Walmart retailer. Plus, as critics have identified, Walmart itself sells precise weapons in its shops, and regardless of strain from gun management activists, the corporate has introduced no change in its coverage.
Following the 2 tragedies in El Paso on August three and Dayton, Ohio on August 4, President Donald Trump gave a brief address wherein he recommended, partly, that violent video video games contribute to a tradition of violence.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” Trump stated. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”
One of the shooters did reportedly reference the Call of Duty collection in his manifesto, which largely centered on focusing on Latinx folks. Critics say the president and others are trying to shift the dialog towards video video games and away from gun management, which has had renewed calls from throughout the political spectrum following the shootings.
In response to the president’s assertion, the ESA informed GameSpot, “Numerous scientific studies have established that there is no causal connection between video games and violence. More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide. Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the US.”