WalMart Ruins Another Industry


As if WalMart hasn't done enough to destroy the American economy, now they are ruining the video game industry too.

Do you buy your electronic games at Wal-Mart? Never mind, doesn't matter. The retail games you buy at GameStop or Best Buy or online are the games Wal-Mart has decided you can buy.

Publisher sales reps inform Wal-Mart buyers of games in development; the games' subjects, titles, artwork and packaging are vetted and sometimes vetoed by Wal-Mart. If Wal-Mart tells a top-end publisher it won't carry a certain game, the publisher kills that game. In short, every triple-A game sold at retail in North America is managed start to finish, top to bottom, with the publisher's gaze fixed squarely on Wal-Mart, and no other.

The amazing thing is that Walmart can force video game publishers, other suppliers, and consumers to all act against their will and patronize a company that everyone hates. (Yes that was sarcasm).

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