Trump holds meeting on video game violence

Alonzo Simpson
March 11, 2018

According to a report today from The Washington Post, representatives from game industry stakeholders like the Entertainment Software Association will be sitting down with Parents Television Council founder Brent Bozell and Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler (R), both of whom have publically called on the USA government to crack down on violence in media. When Sanders first announced that Trump would meet with people from the video game industry, the ESA said it had not received an invite. The video was released by the White House on its official YouTube channel to illustrate the violence in video games.

"The problem is violence, a violence of monstrous and horrific proportions that has infected America's popular culture", he wrote.

KULR-8s Melissa Scavelli witnessed one of those conversations while she was at the store and the mother said she was fine with the games and believes it won't have an effect on her child's behavior.

"I like conflict", Trump said Tuesday, addressing staff turnover at the White House.

But gaming industry veteran Mark DeLoura-who attended the Biden meeting and later spent two years as a White House senior adviser for digital media-said that "if anything, it seems like it has gotten clearer there is no correlation".

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump plans to visit the San Diego area to view the eight, 30-foot-tall border wall prototypes that have erected in Otay Mesa. "Somehow, Democrats isolate the inherent evil of a gun nearly as if it's self-shooting, while denying our violent media has any influence on these under-21 shooters", he wrote at the time.

He said that will open up the conversation on differences between the game and reality.

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While both the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics are opposed to children and young adults playing violent video games (via CNN), newer studies fail to find a correlation between such games and violence, let alone mass shootings.

He also more pointedly boasted on Twitter in 2012 that video games are "creating monsters". In a conference call with reporters after the meeting, Henson said some clips of violent games were played at the start of the meeting. As for controlling the violence in video games: as previously mentioned, the ESRB already rates games based on their violence (and other content as well) - just as the MPAA rates movies based on their content - and they've been doing so since 1994. "I look at some of the things he's watching and I say, how is that possible?"

"Focusing entirely on video games distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of unsafe people", Connecticut Sen. Trump has said he would consider a wide range of policy options, but has not yet clarified his positions on how best to address gun violence.

It is not the first time video games have come under scrutiny: a high-profile 1993 congressional hearing spearheaded by Democratic senators targeted games including Mortal Kombat and Night Trap for violent play, with some lawmakers saying the games encouraged or desensitized minors to brutality and bloodshed.

The suggestions are not limited to video games and even expanded to movies and television shows as well.

The court went on to suggest California was unfairly targeting video games while ignoring violence in other media like Saturday morning cartoons. Vice president Joe Biden held three days of talks on gun violence prevention and also met with video game industry executives.

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