March 18, 2018

Here's What Went Down With Donald Trump's Video Game Violence Meeting

12 March 2018, 04:38 | Rufus Hill

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Trump had suggested that video games may play a part in leading to mass shootings like the attack in the Parkland, Florida high school last month in which 17 people were killed.

Trump held yesterday a meeting with leaders of the video game industry to talk about violence found in games and its impact on children.

The White House put out a statement after the meeting, saying Trump "acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence".

The White House says kids who are exposed to violence could be leading to violent behavior in the nation's classrooms. Yes, the games depicted are violent, but they don't exist in a vacuum.

The meeting was closed to members of the press, but the White House later released the clip on its official YouTube channel.

Present at the meeting were people from the Electronic Software Association (ESA) who represent the U.S. video game industry. Henson criticized those in attendance from the video game industry.

It's clear that no decisions, or honestly anything of substance, were determined in the hourlong meeting Thursday, but the return of anti-game arguments does nothing but distract from real issues that need to be addressed and empower voices that seek to subvert protected speech with which they don't agree.

The video game industry has said there is no evidence of a connection between its product and violent conduct. And that there are studies that prove there isn't a correlation between gun violence and gaming. The video features footage from Call of Duty (the infamous airport scene is in it at some point, of course), Sniper Elite, Fallout and more popular video games.

Ultimately, the upcoming meeting could spell the beginning of a new conservative crusade to regulate whether and how video games depicting graphic acts are sold, and to whom, at a time when the US government is grappling to find a solution to an uptick in gun deaths around the country.

Researches have been failed since decades to accentuate the association of gun violence to the graphic depictions of violence being seen in different video games as well as movies.

The conversation lasted for nearly an hour and was "vigorous" but "respectful", and Trump seemed to be interested in hearing from all sides, said Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, a group that advocates against violence and sex in entertainment.

I appreciate the president's efforts in bringing together groups of all kinds with the goal of finding solutions to the horrific acts of violence in our schools and society.

ESA's Michael Gallagher and ESRB's Patricia Vance have spent years in debating and defending the First Amendment rights of the video games and the effectiveness of the game industry rating system.

Teri Schultz, reporting for NPR from Brussels, says Malmstroem expects more details from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Saturday. Apoplectic at the prohibition, the video game industry sued the state in response, and in 2011, they emerged victorious after the Supreme Court invalidated the restriction.

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