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Walmart tells staff to remove signs showing violence, including video game ads

By midian182 · 48 replies
Aug 9, 2019
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  1. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,049   +15

    I don't know if Muricans realize the rest of the world sees the current epidemic of mass shootings and their disproportionate defense of their "right to bear arms"... and just shakes their head.

    Kinda the same when you see a badly misbehaving child getting the treat they were crying for in the supermarket. You know the child will just keep misbehaving to get the treat in the future, but there's nothing you can do, and it really doesn't concern you but you still feel sorry for the kid.
     
  2. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,003   +1,537

    That will surely help! I'm sure that the families of victims are relieved to know Walmart removed pictures of violence from their store.
     
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  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    I live in the US and I shake my head every time something like this happens.
     
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,613   +595

    Pretend guns bad, real guns good? Bet they still sell guns. Probably even the same bullets\model used in the attack. Ironic...

    I mean if we had video games about tank fights, which we do and sold tanks at Walmart for self defense. And someone attacked a school with a tank, wouldn't it sound insane to stop showing ads for the video game..?
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,870   +616

    Just heard this on my local news & .......#Stupid
     
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 881   +427

    I wish there were no video games at all. Think of what Romans would do to Carthage if they didn't play violent games. Do you think they would burn it down and sell all citizens to slavery? I don't think so! They would meet together and simply set their differences aside, simply imposing taxes on Carthage expanding trade and might.
    What would Hitler do without bloody GTA? He would build community and summer camps,
    Promote heritage and white history preservation. I could go on and on, but you get it.
    We gotta stop it people. Games lead to gun possession, gun possession
    leads to Trump, Trump leads to shootings.
    Dont be sheep, we got a problem and we got a solution.
    Act today, ban video games.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    My question is why we want to see violence. If you are fighting for your right to see said violence, you are inherently violent by nature. And in my opinion just as guilty by association.
     
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    Let's see: Trump has tariffs on China. Walmart has said that Tariffs hurt its business selling Chinese products. Trump thinks video games cause violence and mass shootings. Walmart has a mass shooting at one of its stores. Walmart says, "lets ban violent ads for video games in our stores."
     
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    And just about everything has violence, so lets ban everything because, everyone fighting for the 1st Amendment right for anything that has violence has to be violent and thus, guilty by association.
     
  10. DukeJukem

    DukeJukem TS Booster Posts: 101   +55

    Removes stuff pretaining to violent video games. still sells many types of guns and knives that are long enough to be considered illegal to carry in public in some states. makes total sense. if we're going with the video game causes violence logic then you may as well remove the plastic bags you put the groceries in because the game manhunt on ps2/pc plastic bags were used to murder people. take the baseball bats out of the store too.
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    The topic is portraying violence. Displaying guns or even images of guns is not the same as displaying violent actions with guns.
     
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  12. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 759   +651

    C'mon Walmart, video games don't kill people. People kill people.
     
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    Yes they do and maybe with less motivation, less people will kill people.
     
  14. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Addict Posts: 102   +69

    Did they take down the guns? nope....
     
  15. DukeJukem

    DukeJukem TS Booster Posts: 101   +55

    yea because people look at guns and invision a happy time playing ring round the rosie with the gun in the shower. give me a break. guns are for killing. whether its based on defending yourself or straight up murdering someone or some animal. only thing excluded is people that shoot clay pidgeons and targets.
     
  16. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rsos.171474
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116131317.htm
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/soej.12139
    https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037/ppm0000030
    That is four studies that conclude there is no evidence linking violent video games to violent behavior.
    And there is this guy who studies the link behind real-world violence and violent video games who states exactly the same conclusion - https://theconversation.com/its-time-to-end-the-debate-about-video-games-and-violence-91607 . In his article he also points out a SCOTUS case that also concluded that there is no evidence to link real-world violence to violent video games https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-1448.ZS.html
     
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    That's BS! Without real world violence there would be no attraction to violent video games. It is this attraction to violence that society craves (whether it be real life or virtual).
     
  18. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    Yes, I know. SCOTUS decisions, especially when they do not support your position, are BS. :facepalm:

    - Doctor Who
     
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    Fact: Greed breeds violence.
    - - - -
    From there everything else branches in either direction. Being surrounded with negativity, doesn't help curb our impulses to be negative ourselves.
     
  20. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,072   +187

    Oh well I hardly buy any console games from walmart, unless they drop the price for a weekly special.
    Walmart will take a nice big hit, when the holiday season starts up on the second week of october.
    Part of their electronic sales is dependant on video games, especially popular shoot em ups.
     
  21. willhen50

    willhen50 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I thought it was RAP SONGS or PAINT BALL, so now they are saying little PACMAN makes people go MAD????????Video games gets frustrating at times and causing VIRTUAL CARNAGE is fun but there is no correlation to video games causing REAL CARNAGE and that is from past studies.
     
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  22. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,279   +1,484

    Also, Walmart selling guns is not even the same realm as signs showing violence. People correlating those two like they are similar really shows how mentally limited many folks today are.
     
  23. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,125   +2,418

    That is a comment I agree with, and on the other end of greed is jealousy which also breeds violence. Both of these, which I view as going hand-in-hand, are why I think that nothing will change until humanity finds the courage to change its economic system.
    Personally, I don't think being surrounded by negativity necessitates succumbing to it ourselves.

    The outright negativity and horror of things like these shootings find a home in the news. Then, there's a shock reaction, and as is human, a search for the cause. In the throes of that shock, instead of waiting and really looking at the problem to find the root cause, people reach out and blame things in a knee-jerk fashion. Perhaps there is also a measure of people being afraid to deal with the real causes of the problem because of the potential scope of the changes. Imagine what it would mean to find a cause that indicates that humanity needs to make major changes in order to correct the problem. For many, that prospect, even though it may result in a far greater good, is deeply frightening.

    As I have said before, studies indicate that there is no connection between violent video games and these acts of violence. These shooters were not gamers, and yet, somehow, they performed these horrible acts. They represent an extreme minority of the population.

    Gamers, however, are everywhere, and the overwhelming majority of them seem to not have the issues that caused these very few people to strike out at humanity. For me, it seems that blaming games is akin to using a sledge hammer to swat a mosquito. As I see it, the reactions that people usually have to incidents like this show clearly that people, in general, have not become desensitized to violence.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  24. willhen50

    willhen50 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I have been in this profession long enough to know, the government, no matter what laws they pass, what restrictions they place on video games etc, and no matter if they even outlaw guns; irrational people will find a way to KILL. The government has tried PROHIBITION many times, and all it causes is people to go to a RICH and FULL black market. Even the lawmakers have agreed unanimously, that the laws they want to implement now, would have had no effect on those mass shooters. Even "NANNY" laws don't prevent accidents, derelicts, or drunks.
     

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