Here's how violent the Trump administration thinks video games are

Nichole VegaMar 12, 2018

And while we don't know what tone the meeting will take, we can hazard a guess based on who's showing up and the fact it is meant to discuss "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children".

The video game policy veteran argued that Trump is "inciting a culture war rather than getting to the truth". "Discussions should not be limited to just video games and guns", said Hartzler's statement after the meeting. The few studies that find a weak correlation between aggressive behavior and video games lack context, failing to highlight how other competitive activities such as team sports have the same impact.

On the day of Call of Duty: Black Ops IV's launch date announcement coincidently, Trump sat with partisans from both sides of the argument that video games are indeed shaping the youth's mind in a violent way. Henson criticized those in attendance from the video game industry. "In so many other places where you had mass shootings by children, and every instance I just gave, that child who was the shooter was watching violent video games". They were joined by several outspoken critics of violence in video games.

"I don't think there should be any government control over it", Bozell told The Verge.

Granted those aren't about video games, but considering that she already links entertainment and the ills of American society together, there's no reason why she won't make a similar leap with violent video games and mass shootings in the United States.

The industry contends that decades of research have failed to show a direct link between gun violence in real life and violence in video games, TV and movies.

The solution to the school violence problem needs to be an "all-encompassing approach", and discussion should not focus exclusively on video games and guns, said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who attended the meeting, in a statement released afterward. 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 Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the USA association representing companies that publish computer and video games.

Bozell said he also communicated to Trump a need for "much tougher regulation" of the video-game industry, stressing that violent games "needed to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor". The account's most popular video is of Melania Trump decorating the White House last Christmas, with 2.9 million views to date.

This meeting rehashed the moral panic around video games that plagued the industry after the Columbine shootings in 1999 and, before that, in Congressional hearings back in 1994.

"We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports", they wrote to the president in the letter first drafted earlier this week.

Among participants expected at Thursday's meeting will be the president of the biggest video game trade group, Pat Vance of Entertainment Software Rating Board, but also outspoken critics on violence in video games, such as Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council. The Entertainment Software Association, a lobby group that includes Electronic Arts Inc, Activision Blizzard Inc, Nintendo Co Ltd, Sony Corp and Tencent Holdings Ltd, was part of the White House meeting.

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