In a private meeting at the White House, also attended by several video-game executives, some participants urged Trump to consider new regulations that would make it harder for young children to purchase those games.
But the game industry says there isn't evidence that links games with violent behavior. "The president's approach of leaving no stone unturned is prudent, and similar meetings with the movie industry pertaining to gun violence on film should also be conducted".
The lobbying group declined to provide interviews on what was described as an hour-long meeting.
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.
"Unproven and emotionally driven gun control legislation is a common and simplistic response to gun-related tragedies, but such lawmaking usually fails to address the underlying problem", Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican, wrote in 2013, for example, following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Trump then went around the table asking for comments.
Executives from the video game industry were on hand, among them two CEOs of video game publishers and representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
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"The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect and decreases in pro-social behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression", says the report of the APA Task Force on Violent Media.
"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows violence against its own people", said the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, blaming "vicious violent video games" as well as "bloodsoaked films".
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Brenda Romero, a seasoned game developer, did not attend the meeting. He's been criticized for oversimplifying the issues in his books, which try to paint video games as the primary reason why children become killers.
Video games are calculated to be a $100 billion a year global business by market intelligence firm NewZoo. He was also a keen video game player. "That makes me mad; one administration should learn from another". Clearly Thompson had been bested far too many times by the Zero missions in San Andreas and it turned him quite mad, as it does to the best of us. Our kids are honor roll students. But video games, the industry holds, are innocent. And it is offensive to the millions and millions of gamers.
If there's any worth to this video, it's to once again prove that conservative curtain-twitchers refuse to believe in facts when it comes to video games.
Games - like any other form of media - have a range of content from "everyone" to "adults only" to "omg why".