Trump addresses link between violent video games, crime

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The White House included a link to just such a montage in its statement, compiling graphic YouTube footage from games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, and others. The video was shown to attendees at the beginning of the White House's meeting about violent video games, The Washington Post reported Thursday. On March 8th, President Donald Trump met with a bunch of video game experts such as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick (parent company of Grand Theft Auto developer, Rockstar Games), Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, and Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association amongst other high profile industry executives. According to reports, some of the attendees proposed if there was a way to make selling violent video games more hard for children - which would regulate their exposure to such titles.

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It was the latest in a series of meetings Trump has held to talk about how to stop mass shootings at schools.

Numerous clips seem to be ripped straight from peoples' YouTube channels - you can see their watermarks and logos in the bottom corners of some of the clips - which is, of course, copyright infringement. Based off first-hand reports from those who attended nothing came of the hour-long meeting that also featured a video reel comprised of clips from certain games. House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that part of the discussion would be whether there is a causal link between on-screen mayhem and real-life aggression.

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the US association representing companies that publish computer and video games. "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". "I look at some of the things he's watching, and I say, 'How is that possible?'" he said.

"Why isn't Mario here?" says an imitation Trump, who is reminded that video game characters aren't real. Luckily, both movies and games already have restrictive rating systems.

Afterward, then-president Barack Obama, a Democrat, pressed for Congress to give the Centres for Disease Control $10 million to research the causes of gun violence, including the role played by video games.

Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, rejected Trump's rhetoric about violence in the media, noting that mass shootings are a unique problem to the United States, while violent media is distributed worldwide. Rich Blumenthal (D-Conn.) rounded out the chorus of skeptical senators, telling the Post that "focusing entirely on video games distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of risky people". It's a debate that has heated up in the wake of last month's Florida school shooting and one that took center stage at the White House on Thursday.



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