In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children.
The meeting with the stakeholders was just one of the many meetings about gun violence and school safety that the Trump administration has held after the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The whole conversation was centered on whether video games desensitize to violence.
After the Florida shooting Trump said that he's "hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts".
The conversation lasted for nearly an hour and was "vigorous" but "respectful", and Trump seemed to be interested in hearing from all sides, said Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, a group that advocates against violence and sex in entertainment. But before they could begin in December 1993, the video game industry announced the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which would designate which games were for "general audiences" and which for "mature audiences".
President Trump is hosting a meeting between video game industry executives and their harshest critics.
On March 8th, President Donald Trump met with a bunch of video game experts such as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick (parent company of Grand Theft Auto developer, Rockstar Games), Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, and Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association amongst other high profile industry executives.
ZeniMax and Take-Two were also part of a White House discussion on the same issue five years ago after a shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school left 26 dead.
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Pinched wholesale from various YouTube channels complete with watermarks and all, the White House released the footage on its official channel to strengthen its argument that violent video games influence violent behavior.
While anti-video game proponents were happy to talk about the meeting, the ESA opted to stick to a rote statement regarding the discussion. Meeting attendees said he sought to hear from all sides.
Flake, like many Republicans, has expressed deep concerns about Trump's plans to issue new tariffs on aluminum and steel and says he's ready to fight legislatively if needed. "We discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry's rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices".
"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.
'I look at some of the things he's watching, and I say, how is that possible?' Trump added last week.
Further, Parents Television Council (PTC) suggested in a recent paper that the entertainment industry is to be blamed directly for the school shootings.