Trump spurns experts for his video game meeting


"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.

"The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it's so violent", the president said, mentioning his son, Barron Trump. Vice president Joe Biden held three days of talks on gun violence prevention and also met with video game industry executives. It's a debate that has heated up in the wake of last month's Florida school shooting and one that took center stage at the White House on Thursday. Representing Congress are Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Martha Roby.

The ESA released a statement after the meeting, which stands by the study-backed notion that there's no correlation between video games and violence.

The goal of the meeting will be 'to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children, ' White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. "This meeting will be the first of many with industry leaders to discuss this important issue".

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The White House list of participants includes Strauss Zelnick of Take Two Interactive and the CEO of Rockstar Games; Pat Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, which is the parent company of Bethesda Networks. The video that was rolled before the meeting was comprised of clips from certain games such as Wolfenstein, Fallout 4, and Call of Duty.

"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.

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.

Brent Bozell, the founder of the Parents Television Council, told the Post he used the meeting to push for "much tougher regulation" of the game industry, insisting that game violence "needed to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor". "I don't know how far you can go in banning a movie [or] what books you should read that incite violence". "During the meeting, I was able to interject and say just how untrue their excuses are", she added.

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This has led multiple sources to believe that the meeting was merely placed as a distraction from discussing a heated topic today - gun control. "It's a diversion", Sen.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) agreed, saying that "I do think the president is trying to change the subject and shift focus", in a statement to Glixel. 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".

Trump has linked video games and violence in society for years.

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