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Watch the Video Game Violence Video Shown to President Trump

11 March 2018

The industry contends that decades of research have failed to show a direct link between gun violence in real life and violence in video games, TV and movies.

Video game industry members attending today's meeting include ESRB President Pat Vance (who is in fact a woman even though the above image lists her as a man), ESA President Mike Gallagher, ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman and Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick.

Hartzler told Glixel that the behind-closed-doors White House meeting began with a viewing of a montage of violent scenes from various games.

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.

It was the latest in a series of meetings Trump has held to talk about how to stop mass shootings at schools.

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"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".

But Trump has also invited several prominent critics of violence in video games to the meeting.

His discussions with the group "centred on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitise our community to violence", the White House said in a statement.

Afterward, then-president Barack Obama, a Democrat, pressed for Congress to give the Centres for Disease Control $10 million to research the causes of gun violence, including the role played by video games. "The president's approach of leaving no stone unturned is prudent, and similar meetings with the movie industry pertaining to gun violence on film should also be conducted".

"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.

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In 2011 the Supreme Court turned over a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to children.

"We welcomed the opportunity today to meet with the President and other elected officials at the White House", the Entertainment Software Association said in a statement.

Furthermore, the ESA rep pointed out that they already have a rating system in place to ensure that parents and children are fully aware of the content in every title that hits the shelves, or those up for digital download.

'I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts, ' he said last month at a meeting with lawmakers where he brought up his young son.

Video game makers and liberal-leaning media routinely claim that there is no link between violent video games and real-world criminal violence. It's a debate that has heated up in the wake of last month's Florida school shooting and one that took center stage at the White House on Thursday.

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Watch the Video Game Violence Video Shown to President Trump