Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump addresses link between violent video games, crime

Trump addresses link between violent video games, crime

The February 14 mass shooting that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has stirred up an old debate about video game violence, and the potential it may have to influence real world violence. Vice president Joe Biden held three days of talks on gun violence prevention and also met with video game industry executives. The court ruled that the games are protected by the First Amendment.

'He asked a lot of questions and he raised concerns with the violent nature of these games and asked the question: Is this causing the kids to have (this) violent behavior?' said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo to Associated Press.

"The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), an industry lobbying group that sent a representative to the meeting, said it used the opportunity to "[discuss] the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence".

"I look at some of the things he's watching, and I say, how is that possible?" Rich Blumenthal (D-Conn.) rounded out the chorus of skeptical senators, telling the Post that "focusing entirely on video games distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of unsafe people".

The statement paints a pretty positive picture of the meeting, although another attendee, Media Research Council President Brent Bozell told The Washington Post that Trump was clearly uncomfortable with depictions of violence in video games.

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PTC President Tim Winter told CBN News that violent video games "desensitizes kids to real-life violence, encourages them to resolve disputes with violence and gives them an unfair sense of fear of their environment around them-that it's more risky than it is". "He was genuinely inquisitive". "But time is up for the entertainment industry to put a stop to marketing graphic, explicit, and age-inappropriate content to our children", PTC Program Director Melissa Henson told reporters after the closed door meeting. "That's not to say that cultural factors are irrelevant, but I think Congress has a job to do and we ought to be doing it".

Although there were no solutions announced after the discussion, the president has suggested in the past the need for a new ratings system for the games. Luckily, both movies and games already have restrictive rating systems. 'These things are really violent'. The United States is an exception, and the fact that we're No. 1 in gun ownership (by far) is hard to ignore as a likely factor.

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

In addition to Take-Two and ZeniMax, the association's members include some of the biggest names in the industry such as Electronic Arts Inc, Activision Blizzard Inc, Nintendo Co Ltd, Sony Corp and Tencent Holdings Ltd.

The suggestions are not limited to video games and even expanded to movies and television shows as well. Trump's brother, Robert, is on the company's board.

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