Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Donald Trump plays blame game with shootings

Donald Trump plays blame game with shootings

The president has signaled, in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 people, that he believes violence in video games is partly to blame for real life violence.

The president convened a meeting of video game industry leaders on Thursday to explore the possibility, prompting "The Daily Show" host to imagine the conversation.

Video game fans also took to Twitter, where some pointed out the irony of the White House uploading violent footage. Those in attendance representing the gaming industry defended the content seen in the montage by pointing out that the games on display are rated M for Mature, and aren't meant for children.

Markey, co-author of the 2017 book Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong, alsoexplained school shooters typically tend to not do the same activities as their peers.

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Instead, it seemed a stage to reframe the post-Parkland debate around video games' influence on school shootings.

Those expected at the meeting from the video game industry include representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board and two CEOS of video game publishers, both of whom are on the association's board.

Less than 24 hours after the White House uploaded it to YouTube, the gory and ultra-violent video has been viewed more than 600,000 times.

The goal of the meeting was for the discussion of video game violence and its possible correlation to aggression and desensitization among children. In a statement, the Entertainment Software Association said that the meeting brought up the various scientific studies that proved no connection between violence and video games.

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Many are speculating that the meeting is merely a distraction tactic to draw attention away from the recent controversy surrounding mass shootings in America and the role that certain types of guns have played in each one.

People like retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman have been long standing against the gory violence shown in video games and the current ESRB rating system.

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The conversation lasted for nearly an hour and was "vigorous" but "respectful", and Trump seemed to be interested in hearing from all sides, said Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, a group that advocates against violence and sex in entertainment.

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J.P. Morgan chief Jamie Dimon said Thursday the news of White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn's departure from the Trump administration is "unfortunate". Predictably, Trump invited zero scientists or respected researchers to the summit, instead stacking it with outspoken video game critics and a trio of Republican lawmakers. But decades of research has failed to find a link between gun violence and graphic depictions of violence in video games.

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