Trump Meets with Video Game Industry to Talk About School Violence

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"In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not "prime" players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players".

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is offering a mixed reaction to President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs widely panned by Republicans.

They aren't alone. For decades, activists and politicians have blamed violence in video games, music and movies after gruesome tragedies.

"The video game representatives pulled out their same old talking points that have always been refuted". He noted in a statement that there was "no evidence" tying video games to the Florida shooting, but said he was interested "in making sure parents are aware of the resources available to them to monitor and control the entertainment their children are exposed to".

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.

First off, the meeting began with a string of violent video game clips, which reportedly left a few people stunned in silence. He said "Hey dude", told me that tomorrow's White House meeting will have some people "of great interest to the video game folks", and then hung up.

Apparently President Trump was "asking questions, genuinely interested in hearing from all sides and getting all perspectives", Parents Television Council programs director Melissa Henson told Kotaku.

That is until President Donald Trump haphazardly tossed video game violence into a national conversation about what to do about mass shootings in the wake of the Parkland, Flordia, massacre.

The White House published a new video on YouTube that highlights violence in video games by cherry picking key scenes in first-person shooters such as Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, Destiny, and more. "You get into a whole very complicated, very big deal but the fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else that maybe that's another thing we're going to have to discuss". Some of those viewers have voiced strong opinions about the Trump administration's claim that there's a connection between violent games and violent acts, like last month's Florida school shooting.

Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, a lobby group whose chief executive will attend the White House meeting, said studies have established no connection between video games and violent conduct.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the meeting yesterday during her press briefing. In his book Assassination Generation, Grossman stated that video games "depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results".

Attendees of the meeting included video game developers, members of Congress, representatives from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), and critics of violent video games.

The White House did not indicate any specific actions it would take following the meeting. Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States.

A fear of regulation previously has prompted video game makers to change their practices.

At the moment, federal law still bans the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from studying issues like gun violence and video games.

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