Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Trump Set to Meet Video Game Makers After Florida Shooting

Trump Set to Meet Video Game Makers After Florida Shooting

Also, researchers at the University of York in Britain found no evidence that video games make players more violent.

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. It would be a more convincing argument if his administration hadn't been continually limiting people's access to and understanding of mental health, while simultaneously making it easier for the mentally ill to get guns. "Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation". But earlier this week, the ESA confirmed that it will attend the meeting to discuss video games, the industry's established ratings systems, and other pertinent information. "I don't know how far you can go in banning a movie [or] what books you should read that incite violence". According to Kotaku, Robert Trump will attend the White House meeting.

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.

That all being said, the PTC said it was appreciative of President Trump's "willingness to confront media gun violence and its impact on our children, and we hope that today's dialogue will be the starting point towards real change".

Also scheduled are Melissa Henson, program director of the Parents Television Council, and Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

President Trump has made video games a focus as he looks for solutions to gun violence after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.

Following the White House summit on March 8th, 2018 where anti-gaming activists and some of the CEOs from the AAA game publishing studios met to discuss the role violent video games have on shaping the youth of America, the official White House website updated the public about the briefing.

The White House was not immediately able to comment on the meeting. According to a team of researchers at Oxford, online team-based video games can actually help to improve the sociability of children while in some cases actually reducing aggression.

Grossman gave details on the meeting to the Washington Examiner: "President Trump said, 'Did everyone see that clearly?'" Grossman said.

The attendees at the Thursday meeting with Trump include, among others, the CEO of Rockstar Games, the maker of Grand Theft Auto, the CEO of Entertainment Software Association, a trade association serving video game makers, the president of Entertainment Software Rating Board, which rates video games for violence and explicit content, and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, the author of "Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing. The president's approach of leaving no stone unturned is prudent, and similar meetings with the movie industry pertaining to gun violence on film should also be conducted".

"Entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the United States has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation", Hewitt said. But the scientific community has not come down definitively on whether violent video games cause criminal violence. "The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence". Grossman says that games "depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results".

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