These are the video games that President Trump wants you to avoid

Alonzo Simpson
March 11, 2018

"The conversation centred on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitise our community to violence". On Friday that confusion extended to the White House.

The clips chosen show a myriad of violence being perpetrated against humans in video games, like the X-ray clips of people being shot from the game Sniper Elite 4 or the airport shooting scene from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 known as "No Russian", which with no context seems like a glorification of mass shootings when in fact it's the opposite.

On Thursday afternoon, President Trump held his cobbled-together listening session on videogame violence at the White House, and details of what occurred are beginning to emerge.

President Donald Trump raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games at a White House meeting Thursday with members of the industry and some of their most vocal critics.

Executives from the video game industry were on hand, among them two CEOs of video game publishers and representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

"Those from the video game industry were quick to defend [the video games] saying they were meant for a mature audience and that they weren't intended for kids to see", Henson said in a press call following the meeting.

"I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts".

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Gaming industry figures trekked to Washington in hopes of persuading lawmakers that virtual violence does not trigger real world outbursts.

"During the same period of time, video games have steadily increased in popularity and use, exactly the opposite of what one would expect if there were a casual link".

"We're going to be very fair, we're going to be very flexible but we're going to protect the American worker as I said I would do in my campaign", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting.

The compilation - which appears to consist of game footage lifted from various YouTube channels, watermarks and all - runs for under a minute and a half, but packs as much violence as possible into that span.

While Trump has suggested rating both games and movies for violence, ratings already exist. It's not like academic research disproving the correlation between video game violence and real violence was conducted as recently as January or anything.

We welcomed the opportunity today to meet with the President and other elected officials at the White House. "We appreciate the President's receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion". We have to do something about what they're seeing and how they're seeing it.

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