White House releases graphic video showcasing video game violence

Marsha Scott
March 12, 2018

Yesterday saw President Trump meet with United States video game executives to discuss possible links between games and violent crimes such as the Florida shooting.

It's fair to say that many of us in the games industry were anticipating that we'd have a lot to think about following yesterday's meeting between American president Donald Trump and members of the games industry.

"The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence", the White House said. At a recent meeting on school violence, he said: "The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent".

This is not the first time Washington has focused on video game violence.

The comedian reinforced his point, saying, "I've been playing a ton of Angry Birds, so I've gotta go outside and throw some pigeons at pigs".

Strauss Zelnick, chief executive of "Grand Theft Auto" publisher Rockstar Games, was also present as well as Robert Altman, chief executive of ZeniMax Media which owns the Doom, Fallout, and Wolfenstein franchises.

Over the course of the meeting, the representatives of the video game industry held their ground.

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The objective of the meeting was for the discussion of video game violence and its possible correlation to aggression and desensitization among children.

The ESA stated that they had not been contacted by the White House about the meeting prior to its announcement, and a list of attendees, which was promised to be revealed Wednesday night, wasn't released until Thursday morning.

The video-gaming industry has, however, rebutted that there has never been any evidence showing violence in fantasy video games correlate with real-life violence. In a conference call, program director for the PTC, Melissa Henson said that, "The tone in the meeting was information-gathering". As the video played, Trump commented, "This is violent, isn't it?" No psychologists, researchers, or scholars qualified to make that assessment were in attendance at the meeting.

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After the Florida slaughter Trump pointed to video games as a possible contributing factor in firearms violence. In 1994, they banded together to institute their own system, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, which assigns video games a rating based in part on whether they include sexual or violent content.

DeLoura expressed frustration with the current White House's handling of the issue, stressing that years of research under past administrations qualifying that video games have a negligible effect on behavior would nullify the roundtable at the jump.

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