The president raised concerns about the impact of violent video games and movies on children recently, in a meeting with members of Congress on gun violence.
Trump called the meeting after making comments widely seen as an attempt to shift blame to the games industry.
According to a report today from The Washington Post, representatives from game industry stakeholders like the Entertainment Software Association will be sitting down with Parents Television Council founder Brent Bozell and Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler (R), both of whom have publically called on the USA government to crack down on violence in media.
PTC program director Melissa Henson described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps.
“The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence”, the White House said.
The meeting began with Trump showing a montage of video game violence to attendees.
Horton wants the video game industry to offer more tools for parents to understand the contents of the games. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.).
Trump’s face-to-face meeting with the video-game industry – and its chief critics – is the White House’s latest roundtable on gun violence.
Markey also noted that when a violent video game releases, crime rates drop. For example, a statement by Professor of Psychology Patrick M. Markey points at that multiple studies have shown a shooter is three times less likely to have played violent video games.
“A video game is no different than a movie”, said one Youtuber.
The video was uploaded unlisted to The White House YouTube channel.
The list of people going to the “Video Games” summit is… weird, but in addition to everything else The White House doesn’t seem to know that Pat Vance – that is to say, Patricia Vance @patriciaevance – is a woman.
Trump announced the tariffs last week during a meeting with industry executives, sending his aides into a scramble to fully vet the legality of the tariffs and finalize the language.
The “Violence in Video Games” montage reel (above) was published as an unlisted video on YouTube and it’s already gone viral, obtaining nearly more than one million views in just over 24 hours.
Thursday’s meeting comes five years after Joe Biden, then vice president, met with the ESA, heads of major video game companies, and researchers as the nation grappled with Connecticut’s Sandy Hook massacre that saw 20 primary school-age children gunned down.
Winter also told CBN News that given the billions that advertisers spend every year to change behavior, he finds it ludicrous to believe that violent media consumption is not also influencing children’s behavior. The video game segment starts at around 12:25 in the video above. “We have to look at the Internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being formed”, said Trump during a meeting in the days after the shooting. Apoplectic at the prohibition, the video game industry sued the state in response, and in 2011, they emerged victorious after the Supreme Court invalidated the restriction.
The ESA, which represents the video game industry, has long pushed back against claims that video game violence causes real-life aggression.