US President Donald Trump's administration has produced a horrifying, blood-spattered video showcasing extreme video-game violence - and the YouTube clip has quickly become an internet hit. After the 2013 meetings wrapped up, the White House called for research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence, but nothing substantial came out of that. Those in attendance representing the gaming industry defended the content seen in the montage by pointing out that the games on display are rated M for Mature, and aren't meant for children.
In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children.
The White House said that Thursday´s meeting will be the first of several and will include an industry trade group, conservative activists and members of Congress, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
An image grab from the video screened by the President in his meeting with game-industry executives.
The goal of the meeting was for the discussion of video game violence and its possible correlation to aggression and desensitization among children.More news: India greets French President Macron for four-day trip
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"Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence", the ESA said in a statement.
One solution could be stronger warning labels about the graphic violence in video games, Bozell said, comparing the product to restrictions on liquor, tobacco, and pornography.
"We will work with European Union partners to consider the scope for exemptions outlined today and continue to work with all the sectors involved in this decision to robustly support our industries", the government said a statement.
"The Daily Show" played a clip from a news broadcast about how folks in Japan play nearly as much video games as Americans, and yet there was only a single gun death in the entire country in 2015. Melissa Henson, program director for Parents Television Council (PTC) and guest of Thursday's session, brought this and other restrictive measures unpopular with the video game lobby to the president's attention. "We appreciate the President's receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion". The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence.
In short, researchers haven't been able to find a direct link between violent video games and school shootings.
ESA's Michael Gallagher and ESRB's Patricia Vance have spent years in debating and defending the First Amendment rights of the video games and the effectiveness of the game industry rating system. "The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor".