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This is the Violent Video Game Reel Trump was Shown at White House

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  • This is the Violent Video Game Reel Trump was Shown at White House

    Trump "No Russian"
    Last week it was revealed that Donald Trump and select members of the game industry would meet to talk about how violent video games are corrupting the nation's youth. Today, that meeting took place.

    In addition to Trump, others in attendance included Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Representative Vicky Hartzier (R-Missouri), and Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama). Those from the gaming industry in attendance were Strauss Zelnick (Take-Two), Brent Bozell (Rockstar Games), Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Media Research Center), Patricia Vance (author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society), Mike Gallagher (ESA), Robert Altman (ZeniMax), Melissa Henson (a mother from the Parents Television Council).

    A statement released by the ESA noted that they "discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry’s rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices." The meeting also included a short video showcasing violent scenes in games that are rated M (17+) by the ESRB. The clips were shown entirely without any context.

    This is the "Violence in Video Games" video that Trump and those in attendance were shown. Clips include part of the "No Russian" mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, various Fallout clips, various Wolfenstein clips (Editor's Note: I would like to believe these made Trump particularly uncomfortable), and clips from games like Dead by Daylight, The Evil Within, and the Sniper Elite franchise.

    While the video played, Trump reportedly remarked about how violent the scenes were. Melissa Henson said that she was unable to identify any of the games in the clips. Henson did release a prepared statement that said the following.
    “What I heard in today’s meeting is that the entertainment industry is still fighting to maintain the status quo and is not ready or willing to confront the impact that media violence has on our children.”

    That's a very bold stance to take when these games are available around the world yet it's only the United States that seems to have an issue with gun violence. I wonder why that is. It is also important to note here that the Parents Television Council ranked violent media (games, movies, and TV) behind guns and mental health as leading contributors to gun violence.

    But no, let's focus on the games.