The White House releases games violence montage

Alfred Osborne
March 11, 2018

It is the first time the White House has admitted the President was involved in any way with Daniels. The four were accompanied by Republican members of congress, including Sen. As the video played, Trump commented, "This is violent, isn't it?"

This meeting rehashed the moral panic around video games that plagued the industry after the Columbine shootings in 1999 and, before that, in Congressional hearings back in 1994.

"Video game violence & glorification must be stopped", he wrote on Twitter in December 2012.

Executives from the video game industry were on hand, among them two CEOs of video game publishers and representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Recent studies have discredited any correlation between violence and violent games and media.

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council said that yesterday's summit was "respectful but contentious", she told The Washington Post, and that her side of the debate emphasized that the "steady diet of media violence is having a corrosive effect on our culture". Highlighted games include multiple Call of Duty titles, with a lengthy segment dedicated to the infamous "No Russian" mission from 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as well as Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dead by Daylight, Fallout 4 and Sniper Elite 4.

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It's clear that the White House was trying to portray video games in the most negative light possible, as it pertains to violence.

In 2011, the US Supreme Court overruled a California law that banned the sale of certain violent games to children without parental supervision. "Focusing entirely on videogames distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of unsafe people", said Sen.

"Why isn't Mario here?" says an imitation Trump, who is reminded that video game characters aren't real.

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Council and founder of the PTC, was also present at the meeting, and proposed that videogames be regulated similarly to tobacco and alcohol.

"The president will not have the meeting without seeing concrete steps and concrete actions take place by North Korea", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary, adding that Mr. Trump accepted the invitation to talk "based on the promises that they have made". "We appreciate the President's receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion".

'Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States, ' Hewitt said. She said she sought to convey the challenges of keeping violent games away from kids "even for the most diligent parent".

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