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Walmarts nationwide ban violent imagery, but not sales
Posted: Posted August 14th by ShadowFox08
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Walmart is asking its employees to ban imagery of violent depictions of any movies or videogames. Of course, they did not remove their guns.

Thiis is in response to the El Paso Shooting https://www.npr.org/2019/08/09/749784950/walmart-bans-violent-imagery-but-not-gun-sales

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I can't figure out what walmart is trying to achieve here. It looks like some kind of pandering, but people aren't going to stop shopping at walmart if they continue having violent imagery; and people aren't going to suddenly start shopping there if they do this.

Posted August 14th by Xhin
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One, they are pandering to those gullible enough to believe that video games cause violence (my parents included) and two it is my understanding that they were already planning to do this as physical sales of videogames for walmart in particular has plummeted over the years.

Seems like a good way for them to bow out of the physical market. Realistically speaking... who goes to walmart to buy their video games? The last time I purchased anything videogame related from walmart was a Wii U.... and thats only because it was on sale for $180 new with a game included.

An interesting PR Move by Walmart. If other stores start doing this, it is a direct attack on the consumer as they will cut off our ability to purchase physical media.

The age of digital is now boys. I wish you the best of luck in your future purchases.



Edited August 14th by S.O.H.
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I can't figure out what walmart is trying to achieve here. It looks like some kind of pandering, but people aren't going to stop shopping at walmart if they continue having violent imagery; and people aren't going to suddenly start shopping there if they do this.


Basically what SOH said. They know people who are going to come to their store to buy the games will still come to their store to buy games, meanwhile they can get easy praise and attention from those who believe the "video games cause violence" story.

Posted August 14th by Moonray
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meanwhile they can get easy praise and attention from those who believe the "video games cause violence" story.


Yeah but how does that praise and attention contribute to their profits? People aren't going to suddenly start shopping at walmart becuase they've banned violent video games.

Posted August 14th by Xhin
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They arent getting any profits from selling physical copies of video games. They are cutting their losses with an interesting PR spin to boot.

Posted August 14th by S.o.h.
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Yeah but how does that praise and attention contribute to their profits? People aren't going to suddenly start shopping at walmart becuase they've banned violent video games.


I don't think you realise just how gullible some people are. I've known plenty of people who were more than happy to shop somewhere just because they thought the company were "good guys" or they thought the company's "morals" aligned with theirs.

Is it going to make a big difference? No. But good publicity is good for a company. They have nothing to lose and something to gain by doing it, so from their perspective why not do it?

Also to be clear they haven't banned "violent video games" as far as I am aware. They've just banned the adverts for them?

Edited August 14th by Moonray
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Yeah but how does that praise and attention contribute to their profits?

PR is PR. You don't need to get people buying necessarily. Staying relevant is all that matters.

Remember when IHOP did IHOB and people talked shit? It was guaranteed to not be a good move but it got people talking and they stayed relevant for a little while.

Posted August 14th by Fox Forever
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You don't need to get people buying necessarily. Staying relevant is all that matters.


Yeah but it's the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in america (and for a while there the largest US employer), they're already relevant.

Edited August 14th by Xhin
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they're already relevant.

And they want to STAY that way.

Posted August 14th by Fox Forever
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Walmart is asking its employees to ban imagery of violent depictions of any movies or videogames.

Walmart isn't 'banning' anything. They're temporarily taking down anything that might remind shoppers of the recent mass shooting that happened in a Walmart.

"We've taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week," spokeswoman Tara House told The Associated Press on Friday. In a statement to USA Today, she added, "This action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment."


The ads will come back once the heat is gone.

Posted August 14th by Count Dooku
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