Following, the group deliberated the First Amendment protection of the games and the scientific correlation between the games and violent behavior.
Trump has focused on video games as he seeks solutions to deal with the scourge of guns after the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting that killed 17 people.
Games are given an age rating for a reason, and though some underage gamers inevitably get their hands on titles not intended for their consumption, the link between violent video games and real-world violence has never been proven.
March 8, 2018 US President Donald trump met with representatives of the gaming industry. In a conference call, PTC program director Melissa Henson said about the meeting "the tone in the meeting was information-gathering". Others represent the Media Research Center, a video game distributor, a software company, along with the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games.
While Trump has suggested rating games and movies for violence, ratings already exist.
"This is violent, isn't it?" said Trump to attendees of the meeting, according to The Washington Post, which included an exec from Take-Two and suits from The Entertainment Association, which supports U.S. video game publishers.
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ZeniMax and Take-Two were also part of a White House discussion on the same issue five years ago after a shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school left 26 dead. The video was released by the White House on its official YouTube channel to illustrate the violence in video games.
Other lawmakers who attended the meeting disagreed with the President's takeaway on the science as well. Sen.
"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.
The White House didn't respond to a request for comment about the meeting, nor did representatives for Hartzler or the Parents Television Council.
Still, Bozell told the Post that he felt the president was "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".
According to a report by Rolling Stone, this montage shocked some members of the meeting into silence. 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 risky people".