Trump addresses link between violent video games, crime

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Ahead of the meeting, industry representatives argued that there was no correlation between video games and gun violence. While the president was reported to have listened to both sides, the White House's statement after the meeting cited the same false point that "some studies have indicated there is a correlation between videogame violence and real violence".

Criticizing the violent content in the video games, Donald Trump said that the video games, internet and movies are so violent.

Among the attendees were people well known of the industry such as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick and ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman.

This meeting rehashed the moral panic around video games that plagued the industry after the Columbine shootings in 1999 and, before that, in Congressional hearings back in 1994.

"Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively", the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion.

Ms. Henson's assessment of the almost hour-long meeting was that it was "vigorous" but "respectful".

In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden held three days of wide-ranging talks on gun violence prevention, including a meeting with video game industry executives. The President showed off an 88-second supercut of violent scenes from video games and commented on how visceral they were.

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Ultimately, the upcoming meeting could spell the beginning of a new conservative crusade to regulate whether and how video games depicting graphic acts are sold, and to whom, at a time when the US government is grappling to find a solution to an uptick in gun deaths around the country.

A 2015 study by the American Psychological Association (APA) supports Markey's research and found there is not sufficient evidence to support that the aggressive emotions violent video game players experience extend to criminal violence.

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The Parents Television Council's program director, Melissa Henson, said in a statement that she will attend on behalf of "parents who witness daily how the deck is stacked against them when it comes to all forms of violent media".

Still, the video game executives were "every bit as firm in their conviction there is no relation" between video game violence and aggression in children.

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It will not be the first time video game-makers have been called to the White House in the wake of a school shooting.