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Nothing really happened at that Trump video game violence meeting

11 March 2018

Also present were some critics of the industry, including Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council.

However, the Washington Post reports that Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Council, has said that he thinks that video games need "tougher regulation", going on to say they need "to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor".

Coming in at just over a minute and a half long, "Violence in Video Games" is now unlisted on YouTube - that hasn't stopped it from getting a rather joyfully disproportionate likes to dislikes ratio, though.

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The issue hearkens back to Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that video games were protected by the First Amendment and prohibited states from making it a crime to sell them to minors.

The video game industry's two largest publishers - Activision and Electronic Arts - are not represented in the full list. "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".

"We welcomed the opportunity today to meet with the President and other elected officials at the White House". Among the critics will be author Dave Grossman, who popularized the term "murder simulators" for violent games and wrote "Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression and the Psychology of Killing", Fortune reported Friday.

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Video games have been linked to real-world violence, US President Donald Trump told gaming industry leaders in a meeting on Thursday after a school shooting last month reignited a national debate over guns. On the other side, the majority of the group cited studies supporting their position that there is a correlation between violent videogames and acts of violence, even though no scientific studies supporting these claims actually exist.

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.

While anti-video game proponents were happy to talk about the meeting, the ESA opted to stick to a rote statement regarding the discussion.

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The Entertainment Software Association released a statement saying studies "have found no connection between games and real-life violence" and noting that games are played in other countries that don't have the same level of gun violence. "We appreciate the President's receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion".

Nothing really happened at that Trump video game violence meeting