White House confirms President Donald Trump coming to California

Yolanda Curtis
March 11, 2018

Also attending: Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive (Grand Theft Auto).

The issue hearkens back to Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that video games were protected by the First Amendment and prohibited states from making it a crime to sell them to minors.

Hartzler describes herself as an ardent opponent of gun control. My prayers go out to all those impacted. "The cause, not the tool, should be the focus".

"Journalists and policy makers do their constituencies a disservice in cases where they link acts of real-world violence with perpetrators' exposure to violent video games or other violent media", the statement said. The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence. He was commenting on the murder of 17 people at a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, three weeks ago.

One day after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview on WHAS in Louisville that video games are creating a "culture of death", and they are "garbage". About 20 percent were interested in violent video games, compared with 70 percent of the general population, he explained in his 2017 book "Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong". "I look at some of the things he's watching and I say, how is that possible?" "Because I mean, if they really were as influential as politicians say, then shouldn't games influence us with everything?", the "Daily Show" talk host asked.


But video games, the industry holds, are innocent.

"[And I think they know] that whatever the video game industry thinks that they are doing to limit kids' access is not enough, because kids are able to see these violent images and get these violent video games into their hands without much difficulty at all". Both rating systems were created to empower parents to make their own choices about their children's media consumption. The meeting was ostensibly to examine what the video game industry can do to help prevent mass homicides.

For a meeting that's about a discussion, the deck seems to be stacked in against video games.

In fairness, however, others who should know better have contributed to misunderstandings about violent video games. The meeting was later described as "cordial" and "reasonable".

"We (will) work hard to ensure Australia's interests will be taken into account", she told the Nine Network after the White House statement. That caught the team at the ESA completely by surprise; the organization wasn't formally invited until the following Monday.


The list of attendees at the meeting is revealing. It's not known yet whether live cameras will be at the meeting.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a "case by case" and "country by country" basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump's plan.

The White House said Trump was expected to make a final announcement as early as Thursday and officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.

White House officials said specifics of Trump's plan remained fluid Thursday, and it was unclear when the tariffs would be finalized.

But a rising number of academics question the evidence of a link between gaming and aggression, and more than 200 scholars joined to speak out against an APA report affirming such a connection. We've edited the article to reflect this.


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