According to a correspondent from NBC news, President Trump will be meeting with video game executives next week to discuss violence in schools. This comes on the heels of his recent and controversial remarks that video games incite violence. Considering that the President has been holding multiple meetings and town-hall-style discussions, it’s not entirely surprising that he plans to meet with video game publishers. What he hopes to accomplish with these talks is less clear.
Despite numerous studies proving that video games and violence, the industry has come under fire recently after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, also spoke out against violent entertainment in the wake of the shooting. Bevin even went as far as to say that, “[Video games] celebrate the slaughtering of people. There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who’s lying there begging for their life.”
More recently, Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell, also spoke out against video games. Russell cited a lack of Christian values in schools and violent media, such as video games or blockbuster movies, for the gun violence in America.
This isn’t the first time the entertainment industry has come under fire either; the Columbine massacre was famously linked to the Doom franchise. The Virginia Tech shooting was blamed on Counter Strike. These arguments are tired, and yet they come up time and time again despite evidence disproving them. The fact that the President is so vocal about the alleged harm that violent video games cause could mean that the entertainment industry will be facing an uphill battle in the months to come.