What to expect from Trump's game industry summit today

What to expect from Trump's game industry summit today

What to expect from Trump's game industry summit today

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE met with representatives of the video game industry and its critics of video game violence behind closed doors Thursday to discuss gun violence in the wake of a mass school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

The ESA said, "The upcoming meeting at the White House will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents, and the told we provide to make informed entertainment choices".

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".

For a meeting that's about a discussion, the deck seems to be stacked in against video games.

"I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", the president said during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety a little more than a week after the Parkland shooting. But earlier this week, the ESA confirmed that it will attend the meeting to discuss video games, the industry's established ratings systems, and other pertinent information.

In a statement refuting Trump's position, the ESA noted that "the same video games played in the United States are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the United States than in other countries".

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"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.

His administration is also working to block the use of bump stocks accessories that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds a minute.

On Twitter in 2012, Trump tweeted: "Video game violence & glorification must be stopped".

Blaming video games for gun violence has been a hard idea to squash and leaving out relevant research and scientists certainly won't help matters. That meeting featured a number of researchers who presented evidence against the idea that video game violence leads to real-world violence and no participants with a history of arguing against game violence.

Academic debate about games links with violence remains controversial and unclear. The White House said it'll be "the first of many with industry leaders" on this issue.

"I look forward to representing parents who witness daily how the deck is stacked against them when it comes to all forms of violent media", said Henson. All three are critics of violent video games and have spoken out against the video game industry.

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