What Happened at the White House Meeting on Video Game Violence?

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What Happened at the White House Meeting on Video Game Violence?

Those words might sound familiar.

Gaming industry figures trekked to Washington in hopes of persuading lawmakers that virtual violence does not trigger real world outbursts.

Markey also told USA Today, the Virginia Tech gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, had no interest in video games at all - which surprised his roommate who "thought it was weird he didn't play video games".

Past presidents - including Barack Obama - also suggested there could be a link between violent video games and violence in young people.

Lucas says one of those tools is the rating system employed by the industry. And mature-rated games made up just 11% of the games rated by the ESRB. "The process by which the ratings are applied is secretive, those who administer them are accountable to nobody; and parents have no real recourse when they are misapplied", Henson said. "But there is some programming that contains just absolute mind-boggling violence".

Interestingly, Trump's younger brother, Robert S. Trump, sits on the board of directors for the company ZeniMax Media, which owns Bethesda Softworks, a company that publishes Fallout and other violent games like The Elder Scrolls and Doom.

The solution to the school violence problem needs to be an "all-encompassing approach", and discussion should not focus exclusively on video games and guns, said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who attended the meeting, in a statement released afterward. She sponsored a bill that would have penalized the sale of adult games to minors.

Psychologist Patrick Markey noted that in his research, 80% of mass shooters showed no interest in violent video games.

The ESA also talked about the safeguards that are already in place with ratings on videos.

Asked about that, Sanders said: 'I've had conversations with the president about this.

"California relies primarily on the research of Dr. Craig Anderson and a few other research psychologists whose studies purport to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children", wrote Scalia. "We must have a meaningful conversation about mental health issues and other possible cultural and societal contributors to violent behavior, such as violence in video games".

It was the latest mass shooting in a country with more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.

The timing of this meeting is the clearest opening to push for new restrictions on video games in recent times. And Kentucky's Republican governor told a local radio station that some video games "celebrate the slaughtering of people". He said on NBC there was "no question" Trump knew about the agreement signed days before the 2016 presidential election, though he didn't offer any proof. In response to the Parkland attack, the president has used these sessions to pitch a few ideas for reforms, including a controversial proposal to arm teachers with guns.

In addition, the Entertainment Software Association disclosed a statement saying that, "Studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence".

Lucas adds that the Canada is a prolific exporter of video games to the USA and it is an industry to be proud of.

The White House summit was little more than an effort to sidetrack a true policy discussion on access to guns in the United States, critics argued. "Americans want action on gun safety, not video games".

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