In the aftermath of last month's mass shooting at a Florida high school, Trump said he was struck by the level of violence in modern video games. The President bemoaned the generality of violent images easily accessible by kids in their very little age.
The White House released a statement Thursday saying that the meeting would address "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children". 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. The video was posted on the official YouTube account of the White House, and was used to further the argument on restricting the laws regarding violent video games.
"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".
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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"The video game representatives pulled out their same old talking points that have always been refuted".
"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.
"The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it's so violent", the president said, mentioning his son, Barron Trump.
The White House list of participants includes Strauss Zelnick of Take Two Interactive and the CEO of Rockstar Games; Pat Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, which is the parent company of Bethesda Networks. But those ratings are often misleading, or outright deceptive.
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"I believe the solution to curtailing violence lies in an all-encompassing approach, focused on several different factors that may contribute to school shootings", Hartzler said in a tweeted statement which acknowledged "significant progress" during today's meeting.
"We were proud to be included at the table".
Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto have taken a lot of fire for their intense content which involves brutal murder, limbs being blown off, and much more, this has made it easy for politicians to point to games as a problem when a national tragedy occurs such as a mass shooting.
"Here's the thing: There have been hundreds of studies on this issue, and they have shown that there isn't any connection between violent video games and violent activities".
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Following, the group deliberated the First Amendment protection of the games and the scientific correlation between the games and violent behavior.