President Donald Trump has been putting a strong focus on media and video game violence following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. As an attempt to curb the shooting sprees, President Trump and various politicians had an emergency meeting to make it known that there needs to be a discussion about the role video game violence plays in the cultivation of youth in today’s society.
The Entertainment Software Association, which is the representative body for video game publishers, responded to a request from The Hill about their meeting this upcoming Thursday on March 8th at the White House, where they will attempt to persuade politicians that video games are not the cause of school shootings. The ESA will be joined by various executives from other publishing studios, although they weren’t named in the article.
ESA spokesman Dan Hewitt used the missive to explain that the ESA will meet with politicians and explain that video games are a global industry and that other countries don’t suffer mass shootings the way America does…
“Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation.”
“The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, 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,”
This meeting will determine which route politicians will take when it comes to dealing with the video game industry, not unlike the Congressional hearing back in 1993, which gave rise to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which is under the umbrella of the ESA.
At the moment Republican politicians are looking to tax violent games, while President Trump wants to discourage the proliferation of extreme violence in media.
The recent attack on video games by the Right has resulted in a lot of agitprop pushers on the Left coming out against them, including Polygon and Anita Sarkeesian. This is despite the fact that the Leftist media have spent the last four years attacking and condemning and blaming video games for shooting sprees, sexism, racism and transphobia for the last six years.
We’ll see if the ESA can convince President Trump and the other politicians that video game violence doesn’t cause school kids in America to turn violent.