Walmart May No Longer Advertise Violent Video Games… but It Continues to Sell Weapons


The controversy over violent video games in the United States continues to hold its ground. Many American politicians had pointed the finger at the trivialization of violence by video games, which would induce young people with problems to make extreme gestures like the two massacres of last week.

The president of the United States Donald Trump himself had sided against the product, accusing him of glorifying violence, and declaring that he wanted to stop the phenomenon. Naturally, some voices had been raised in defense of the videogames, both from the industry, with the ESA and Reggie Fils-Aime, and from some psychologists according to which there is no correlation between the video games and the massacres.

After the words of President Trump, however, a company that seems to want to follow the dictates is Walmart. According to some reports, a directive appears to have come from the top management that employees will have to remove any entertainment product that shows violent scenes, including sports movies and videos about the hunt.

The arrangement would also include video game demos and the cancellation of any videogame events involving fighting games and shooters. A provision that clashes a bit with the fact that the company is continuing to sell arms, as it had publicly stated after the shootings as if nothing had happened.

What do you think of the situation?