Trump is meeting with the gaming industry to debate violence in video games — here’s why this matters. Makers of “Grand Theft Auto,” “Fallout,” and “Doom” will be joined by fierce critics of video games from the Media Research Center and Parents Television Council.
This age-old debate has played out for decades — even Hillary Clinton was a fierce opponent of violence in games. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Trump has come out against video games, stating, “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young peoples’ thoughts.”
Yet roughly two decades of research have failed to find a connection between video games and violent behavior. The Entertainment Software Association will also join Trump’s meeting. It spends millions of dollars a year to lobby against video game regulation and Trump's younger brother, Robert S. Trump is on the board of Zenimax Media, which produces the games President Trump decries.
It’s unclear what Trump hopes to gain out of this meeting, but his views seem to suggest that he wants less, or at least less violent, video games. Considering that he won’t make any decision regarding gun reform in relation to mass shootings, focusing on video games seems a bit counterintuitive to say the least.