Brent Bozell, the founder and president of the Media Research Center, and longtime critic of video game violence said Trump "was asking questions and listening to the answers".
The meeting began with Trump showcasing a montage of context-less clips from violent video games such as the controversial No Russian mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, clips from Dead By Daylight, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, and the Sniper Elite series.
The comedian reinforced his point, saying, "I've been playing a ton of Angry Birds, so I've gotta go outside and throw some pigeons at pigs".
But groups that advocate for greater parental controls say research shows a definite correlation between violent media consumption and long-term harm to a child.
The White House list of participants includes Strauss Zelnick of Take TwoInteractive and the CEO of Rockstar Games; Pat Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, which is the parent company of Bethesda Networks. Missing from the meeting were any scientists or psychologists that could give an educated assessment of any link between violent video games and violent tendencies.
For decades, it has been widely debated what kind of impact violent video games and movies have on people, especially children and those with mental health issues.
"Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the U.S. has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation", it said ahead of the Washington talks, which the White House said also involved experts on violence.
Parents Television Council program director Melissa Henson was also present at the meeting where she stressed the challenges of keeping children away from such games, a feat for "even for the most diligent parent". Based off first-hand reports from those who attended nothing came of the hour-long meeting that also featured a video reel comprised of clips from certain games. The court ruled that the games are protected by the First Amendment.
Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio contradicted this, telling The Washington Post that he acknowledges there's no link between video games and violence. Luckily, both movies and games already have restrictive rating systems.
Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, rejected Trump's rhetoric about violence in the media, noting that mass shootings are a unique problem to the United States, while violent media is distributed worldwide.
It will not be the first time video game-makers have been called to the White House in the wake of a school shooting. The popular shooting franchise usually releases a game every year, with the games generating over $1 billion in revenue so far.
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