Good grades = games?

Check out this story about a GameStop manager in Texas who’s only going to sell games to kids with good grades.


By Jeff Brady/ WFAA-TV

Imagine a video game shop that reinforces good grades instead of undermining them?

Well that’s just what we found at one retail store along I-20 where the manager, who happens to be married to a teacher, asks kids about school before making a sale.

He’s not exactly a video game MVP but he wants every school-age client to know about another set of letters.

“He needs to be reading a book. He knows how to play Madden before he knows how to do his ABCs and 123s – that’s backwards!” said GameStop manager Brandon Scott.

Scott manages a popular GameStop in south Dallas – and started a new policy this summer on his own.

No school-age customer can buy a video game unless an adult confirms that the child’s getting good grades in school.

GameStop doesn’t endorse or even know about the good-grade rule.

“I’m probably going to get in trouble for this, but to me it’s worth it, because the kids understand that somebody cares,” said Scott.

So far, parents and other adults like the concept.

“Well it makes sense. Why reward a kid with a game when he’s not doing good in school?” said customer Robert Coulter.

So far, Scott has refused about two dozen sales.

But he says most of the students come back later, with good grades, to make a purchase.

And Scott has other unwritten policies.

“They know when they come in here, they do not curse, they do not use the N-word, pull your clothes up,” Scott said.

He’s even pledged to buy any video for a student on one condition.

“If you give me straight As with your teachers signature, endorsing it and your parent up here, I’ll buy you a brand new game,” Scott said.

“I was like, man he’s going lose his job! But no I don’t think so because I think there’s got to be a point at which you put the kids and the value of education over the dollar,” said Ann Fields.