Trump's meeting on video game violence could prove contentious

Trump's meeting on video game violence could prove contentious

Trump's meeting on video game violence could prove contentious

The video was released by the White House on its official YouTube channel to illustrate the violence in video games.

The president has inserted himself in an age-old debate over whether video games contribute to violent tendencies in young people, with a range of studies on the topic over more than two decades of research reaching varying conclusions about whether a reliable correlation exists.

Attendees offered opposing views after the meeting.

Following the roundtable, the Entertainment Software Association shared with the press the position it took with the Trump administration, saying (via The Washington Post) "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". She said she sought to convey the challenges of keeping violent games away from kids "even for the most diligent parent". Henson stated that the meeting was more of a listening session and that no conclusion was arrived at, according to Time. The Trump video game meeting is to take place today at 2:00 PM Eastern, and we'll have any additional updates as they are reported.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also attended.

Trump, a Republican, has talked about the need to examine how violence in media affects children, after a 19-year-old gunman was accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida and injuring more than a dozen others.

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The conversation lasted for nearly an hour and was "vigorous" but "respectful", and Trump seemed to be interested in hearing from all sides, said Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, a group that advocates against violence and sex in entertainment.

Daniels argues the agreement was not binding because Trump didn't personally sign it. Avenatti says she was coerced into signing a denial of the affair, which began in 2006. Gesturing to the workers, Trump said part of the reason he's in the White House was "because of you and my message having to do with you". No votes have been scheduled yet in the Senate on a pending background checks bill, but the House has said it will consider school safety legislation next week.

A day out from the meeting, which was closed to media, it's doesn't appear there's any legislation immediately forthcoming that would affect the way studios create and market violent games.

"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows violence against its own people", said the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, blaming "vicious violent video games" as well as "bloodsoaked films".

There's a lot of bloody stuff out there, whether in games, movies, comics, or on TV.

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On last night's Daily Show, Trevor Noah tackled Trump's misguided focus on video games rather than on guns.

Associated Press writer Mae Anderson contributed to this story from NY.

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