1 Over at Joystiq there was a post about a Gamestop manager that was refusing to sell video games to kids that couldn’t prove they had good grades at school. (Original story here.) I’m not sure how I feel about this. A part of me is thinking that this guy really has no right to deny kids video games. That’s not his job, it’s the kids parent’s job to withhold video games if they are doing poorly in school. Another part of me is thinking, “Good for him.” Why not hold kids up to a standard?
Mostly I’m thinking that this guy is going about this all wrong. It’s a good idea but it really isn’t his job to withhold video games. He could approach this from another angle. Instead of withholding video games from kids for poor grades, why not give a discount (say 10% – 20% off) on video games for good grades. Then this plan goes from being a negative to being a positive. Another idea is to give kids with good grades a 2 for the price of 1 on used games. Give them a reward for doing something right. We constantly punish kids for all the wrong things they do but sometimes it really feels like we never reward them for all the stuff they do right.