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Rated M for Moronic: Walmart's censorship and it's potential impact

By now most have heard the latest headlines that Walmart is planning to cover M and T rated games in a black sleeve, much like pornography. This editorial makes some very good points about the hypocrisy of the move, and the implications it may hold for both gaming and for the discount giant.

From the editorial: "Walmart long ago appointed itself the watchdog of morality. From selling censored CD's to banning certain movies from its DVD shelves, nothing seems to deter them from their goal of creating a deeply discounted utopia of happiness and warm-fuzzies. Today, they announced that they are taking things one step further.Soon the retailer will begin covering the boxes of video games rated "M" for mature by the ESRB. I have three young kids and even I have a problem with this on so many levels."

Also from the editorial: "If Walmart really wants to protect children from M-rated games, then they should stop selling them altogether. Period. End of discussion. That won't happen though, because even the lessons of God Almighty pale in comparison to Walmart's hunger for the almighty dollar. They would stand to lose millions of dollars in revenue by not selling these games in their stores. So instead, they'll sleeve the hottest games in their gaming section and call it an act of child protection, all the while salivating over each sinful dollar that they make from the sale of M-rated games."

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Jones Miller3449d ago

"If Walmart really wants to protect children from M-rated games, then they should stop selling them altogether. Period. End of discussion. That won’t happen though, because even the lessons of God Almighty pale in comparison to Walmart’s hunger for the almighty dollar. They would stand to lose millions of dollars in revenue by not selling these games in their stores. So instead, they’ll sleeve the hottest games in their gaming section and call it an act of child protection, all the while salivating over each sinful dollar that they make from the sale of M-rated games."

JSA-Gamer3449d ago

I am so finished with Walmart. Their game sections always look like Kmart after a christmas rush and the demo systems rarely work. This is just icing on the cake. Looks like Target is hellbent on following in their footsteps.

LGFreedom3449d ago

This is going to come back and bite them where it counts. Their biggest challenge is the fact that they are perceived as being uncool, and bonehead moves like this are an example of why that is.

Walmart=fail

GamerSigma3449d ago

Try playing a demo in Walmart. If the demo unit actually works (a rarity) the controller is probably fried, or sticky. Why anyone would buy their games to save a nickel on the price, is just beyond me.

Yuck.

Tsukasah3449d ago

My biggest pet peeve is Censorship... ok just under when someone drives instead of me and they leave their blinkers on. Anyways, I can't stand this level of censorship. First I'm 16 and I should be able to buy M-Rated games, but I can't buy any of the good games unless I have someone older than me alongside. Now WalMart is going to cover up M AND T GAMES? Video games are art, so should people cover up the statues of naked people in public? Why not cover up the paintings with naked women in them? I don't understand how covering up M and T rated games will help "censor" them. If someone under 18 cant buy an M rated game, then what's the big deal? Parents should know what the "M" is on the front cover. And besides, with titles like Gears of War and KillZone, I'm sure a parent would think it's a bit too mature for their child. It shouldn't be up to store retailers, lawers(Jacko I'm looking at you), politicians, or anybody but PARENTS to decide whether their child is mature enough to play the games their child will be playing. I just can't believe that nowadays a game with blood is rated M. If you get a game like the SNES mario, give it some better graphics and have blood squirt out of everything you kill I can almost guarantee it will be M. SOCOM was a great game, rated M mostly for blood, and the developers took the blood out of the 'expansion' Combined Assalut, so it could be rated T intead of M. I never realized how much blood actually HELPS in video games. Nowadays when I shoot someone on CA I don't know if I hurt them or not, because just dust or a poof of air will come off them. Countless games that has cost me. I know I am getting kind of off topic here, but I said it earlier that censorship is one of my biggest pet peeves. The only time I can agree with censorship is on public TV for nudity, and a few curse words. And I don't mind it with music as long as they sell an uncensored version as well, and when the censored version only cuts off the VOCAL sound bit and none of that loud annoying BEEP!

IzKyD13313449d ago

NO ONE SHOP AT WALMART FOR GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!
teach them a lesson lol

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