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."