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Meeting on Video Game Violence at White House Falls Flat

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Kenny Thornton | 11 March, 2018, 12:45

President Donald Trump would have taken no joystick in Trevor Noah's mockery of his suggestion that video games share blame for gun violence like the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

"The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it's so violent", the president said, mentioning his son, Barron Trump. The White House included a link to just such a montage in its statement, compiling graphic YouTube footage from games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, and others.

'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?' said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo to Associated Press.

"The president acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence", The White House said in a statement.

"I think he's deeply disturbed by some of the things you see in these video games that are so darn violent, viciously violent, and clearly inappropriate for children, and I think he's bothered by that", Bozell said.

Executives from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc which owns Rockstar Games Inc, and ZeniMax Media Inc, which owns Bethesda Softworks were present at the discussion.

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Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio contradicted this, telling The Washington Post that he acknowledges there's no link between video games and violence.

Trump held a closed-door meeting on Thursday with leaders from the video game industry and watchdog groups to rehash the issue. According to GameSpot, the ESA hopes to have a "fact-based conversation" with White House officials this week to discuss "video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices". "He was genuinely inquisitive".

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, which advocates for greater restrictions on the entertainment industry, added that the meeting wasn't about coming up with a solution, but rather as the first part of long-running discussion. "That's not to say that cultural factors are irrelevant, but I think Congress has a job to do and we ought to be doing it".

"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said. Luckily, both movies and games already have restrictive rating systems. 'These things are really violent'. While there is no convicted felon on record admitting that video games incited his or her violence, more than 1,000 studies conducted over the course of three decades show that violent video games are linked to an increase in aggression and anger.

"Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the United States has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation", it said ahead of the Washington talks, which the White House said also involved experts on violence.

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