'Secret shoppers' tag video game sellers

OneNewsNow Reports: "An undercover investigation by the Parents Television Council shows that some of the nation's largest retailers regularly sell violent and sexually graphic video games to minors.

The secret shopper campaign ran from November 2007 through July 2008 and involved Parents Television Council (PTC) grassroots chapters in 16 states. Minors from 11 to 16 years old – "both boys and girls of diverse ethnic backgrounds" – were sent to video game retailers and major stores, where they attempted to find a Mature-rated (M) video game and purchase it.

The PTC focused most of its visits on major store chains such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Game Stop, Hollywood Video, Kmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, Blockbuster, and Wal-Mart. Most of the tweens who were successful in their attempt to purchase the game reported that cashiers mostly by-passed the cash register's promptings for IDs and hardly ever asked their ages."

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