Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Video games linked to violence, US President Donald Trump tells industry

Video games linked to violence, US President Donald Trump tells industry

The President has focused on video games over guns in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

"As the White House and other leaders work to confront societal gun violence, we hope that they will demand meaningful change from the entertainment industry, which presents dress rehearsals for gun violence on TV, in the movies, and in violent video games", said Tim Winter, the president of the Parents Television Council, in a statement Wednesday.

During the meeting, President Trump has acknowledged studies that have indicated that there is a correlation between virtual and real violence. In his book Assassination Generation, Grossman stated that video games "depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results".

But the montage has also drawn fans: A Newsweek writer, for example, called the White House video "awesome", saying that it's a "tribute to why people love video games".

This meeting rehashed the moral panic around video games that plagued the industry after the Columbine shootings in 1999 and, before that, in Congressional hearings back in 1994. The PTC made an adversary of major video game industry lobbying organization the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents top publishers in the media world, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Take-Two Interactive. No psychologists, researchers, or scholars qualified to make that assessment were in attendance at the meeting.

Many viewers may simply be curious about what the White House chose to cherry-pick as examples of appalling video-game violence.

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"The Daily Show" played a clip from a news broadcast about how folks in Japan play nearly as much video games as Americans, and yet there was only a single gun death in the entire country in 2015.

Last night on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the subject of violence in video games was brought up.

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". 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 88 second video was meant to spark conversations of whether "games that graphically simulate killing de-sensitise our community to violence", said the press office. Also at the meeting were members of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), tasked with regulating video game content.

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In short, researchers haven't been able to find a direct link between violent video games and school shootings.

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