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


Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says South Korea's national security adviser will be briefing reporters at the White House Thursday evening.

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". There are several scenes from the CoD series, including Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. The video that was rolled before the meeting was comprised of clips from certain games such as Wolfenstein, Fallout 4, and Call of Duty. However, it would appear that not much, if anything, happened today as a result of the hour-long meeting.

"We discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence", the association said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Carol Rogalski after the meeting.

The story behind Trump's attention turning to video game violence was explained in our previous article. "I think that they know that kids are playing these games and [that] children do have ready access to violent video games". Recently, Donald Trump held a meeting behind closed doors to discuss the issue.

After the White House released its graphic mash-up video (you can view the uber-violent video here, but you've been forewarned) highlighting what the Trump administration regards as examples of violence-inciting video game content, the reactions across the twitterverse came fast and furious, particularly in defense of gaming. The session was one of multiple meetings about gun violence and school safety that the Trump administration has held following the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Such allegations were robustly defended by the video game representatives. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; and Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.

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The statement included a link to a YouTube video with clips of video game violence. "The meeting will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices".

The 88 second video was meant to spark conversations of whether "games that graphically simulate killing de-sensitise our community to violence", said the press office.

The White House could be the scene of a dramatic showdown Thursday over gun violence and video games.

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