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Meeting on Video Game Violence at White House Falls Flat

11 March 2018

"In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not "prime" players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players". He made hateful social media comments about minorities. 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 USA has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation.

As we've previously reported, Donald Trump is now embarking on a crusade against violence in videogames - even though there's been consistent proof that the link between violent videogames and violence in real-life is negligible at best.

A spokeswoman for Hartzler confirmed that the congresswoman would attend the meeting.

As far as what the next step will be, it's not yet known, but this issue appears to be far from over - at least, according to Henson and company.

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Both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have taken a stance in recent years against children and teens playing violent video games.

Today, president Donald Trump met with a few game makers - and a few against video games in general - to discuss violence in our favorite products, and how they might be affecting today's youth.

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.

Brent Bozell, the founder of the Parents Television Council, told the Post he used the meeting to push for "much tougher regulation" of the game industry, insisting that game violence "needed to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor".

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"We welcomed the opportunity today to meet with the president and other elected officials at the White House", The ESA said in a statement.

Trump's brother, Robert Trump, sits on the board of directors at Zenimax, which owns Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda.

The Entertainment Software Association released a statement after the meeting, saying 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 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".

"He asked a lot of questions and he raised concerns with the violent nature of these games and asked the question: Is this causing the kids to have (this) violent behavior?". 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 video was uploaded unlisted to The White House YouTube channel. Bad, bad video games.

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Neither Markey or Ferguson will be attendance at the meeting, along with a dearth of knowledgeable psychologists, scholars, or researchers that could provide clear evidence about the lack of connection between video games and violent behavior.

Meeting on Video Game Violence at White House Falls Flat