Donald Trump releases violent video games montage on White House Youtube Channel

Larry Kudlow

The meeting began with Trump showcasing a montage of context-less clips from violent video games such as the controversial No Russian mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, clips from Dead By Daylight, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, and the Sniper Elite series.

The president has in the past expressed the view that violent games were "shaping young people's thoughts".

The Electronic Software Association (ESA), which represents the games industry in the U.S., said it would be attending. We discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry's rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices.

Trump also said the White House is working to ban bump stocks, and said efforts to enhance background checks are "moving along well" in Congress.

Ms Sanders announced the meeting last week - a complete surprise to gaming industry figures, who at that point had not received any information or invitations.

Representatives from ZeniMax (which makes Fallout), Take Two Interactive (Grand Theft Auto) and the Entertainment Software Association met with the president at the White House along with media critics and lawmakers. According to reports (no press were allowed), Trump went around the table listening to various concerns from critics of the industry and opinions from video game company CEOs.

The meeting was ostensibly to address concerns about video game violence, in the wake of last month's Florida school shooting - despite the fact that video games have not been connected with the case in any way.

This is not the first time Washington has focused on video game violence.

Mr Bozell has frequently called for a reduction of violence in games.

It is unclear what studies he's referring to, as no link between video game violence and real-world violence has ever been established by a reputable source. Some attendees didn't expect any significant resolution, Glixel reported, and saw the meeting as an opening foray into a larger conversation.on gun violence in America. The video was widely criticized by the community as anti-video game propaganda.

But while the First Amendment should make it impossible for the U.S. government to officially censor games they are already subject to de facto censorship, as any game with an Adult Only (AO) rating can not be published on consoles and most retail chains refuse to stock them.

However, in making its ruling, the court did say the issue might warrant closer examination at a later date.

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.

In 2013, following the death of 20 pre-school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, the vice-president at the time, Joe Biden, met games representatives from firms such as Electronic Arts and Epic. He said there was no good data either way to support or disprove claims that games violence provoked real actions.

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