Trump Dumps Mass Shooting Debate on Video Game Industry, Will Meet With Executives Next Week

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the meeting during today's White House Press Briefing. President Trump has the video game industry in his sights.

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In the wake of the tragic Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Trump administration has held several meetings about gun control and school safety. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that President Trump will be meeting with executives from the video games industry next week to discuss school safety to "see what they can do on that front". 

We are back to the same old garbage argument that have been repeatedly brought up against violent video games. Art imitates life. An 18-year-old can buy an automatic weapon with a bump stock in the real world. Schools are poorly secured and these shootings simply keep on happening. Trump's meeting with video game executives next week is not about gun control or school safety. It is a dog and pony show to feign an appearance of caring and it conveniently shifts the blame from his NRA boosters towards an industry that has been blamed for school shootings since the tragedy of Columbine on April 20, 1999.

This President stated during his campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth avenue and shoot someone and not "lose any voters". It remains to be seen if his persistent shifting of the blame away from access to guns will resonate with an American public that overwhelmingly demands action to keep our schools safe and get AK47s and AR-15s out of the hands of another demented and cowardly murderer. 

If you agree that Donald Trump is wrong to blame video games for gun violence in America, stand up and vote for politicians who support common sense gun laws. Countless nations across the world have access to the same violent video games that we do in the U.S. It is time to admit once and for all that this is an American problem that is not directly impacted in any way by video games. To blame art for reality is as absurd as the inaction on the part of the United States goverment to do something about gun control in this country. 

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Check out Chris Jarrard's opinion piece on Donald Trump and the Violent Video Games Boogeyman if you need some more motivation to get involved in defense of video games or in favor of gun control in the United States.

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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      March 1, 2018 1:46 PM

      Kudos for working Trump Dump in there!

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      March 1, 2018 1:49 PM

      Donald Trump? The actor?

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        March 1, 2018 1:52 PM

        Donald Trump, the smart businessman. Nobody is smarter, believe me.

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        March 2, 2018 3:09 AM

        Ha! Then who's vice-president, Jim Carrey? I suppose Ivana Trump is First Lady?

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      March 1, 2018 2:00 PM

      Aren't video games available in Europe where they don't shoot up schools every other day?

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        March 1, 2018 2:07 PM

        Don’t they have laws regulating them though? Like you have to have green blood to ship in Germany?

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          March 1, 2018 2:09 PM

          Canada has red blood in game *and* allows guns, but I don't think they have our problems

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          March 2, 2018 4:02 AM

          Germany is not Europe.

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            March 2, 2018 5:36 AM

            Even with germany there is always some shrill misinformation about censorship and the heavy hand of the state or some shit. Basically it always was a non issue for adult gamers and due to lack of regulation. There was also a bit of the opprtunist WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?!?! Politics going but the prime example is usually wolfenstein whose problem was less the violence and more the "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations" outside the contexts of "art or science, research or teaching".

            Its the same problem the new wolfenstein has.

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          March 2, 2018 5:32 AM

          Technically it was the lack of regulation, back in the day there was no regulatory rating system like the Pan European Game Information (pegi or usk for example). So a little shit could go and buy some brutal murderfest.
          A lot of it was just the absolute lack of regulation in a breakout industry and problematic legal shit like "use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations" outside the contexts of "art or science, research or teaching" which is why wolfenstein was a bit of a no no.
          The publishers also were afraid and started to self censor with stuff like green blood (didnt help) or robots instead of marines.

          But really what the publishers did was just hype the game up and make the sales in the first week and with preorders (basically what they do now only then games success was determined by the first month anyway). Also they used loopholes like imports (my half life copy was the british one) etc, and even when "banned" it just meant that they couldn’t put it on display or make tv spots for it, you could still buy it if you were 18.

          I bought quake just fine in the regular store before it got on the index. Same with quake2 and 3 etc

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      March 1, 2018 2:04 PM

      Don't forget that many other countries play the same games but still don't have this probably.

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        March 1, 2018 2:04 PM

        *problem

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        March 1, 2018 2:05 PM

        This is a unique american problem, don't forget we're exceptional.

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        March 1, 2018 2:07 PM

        If you agree that Donald Trump is wrong to blame video games for gun violence in America, stand up and vote for politicians who support common sense gun laws. Countless nations across the world have access to the same violent video games that we do in the U.S. It is time to admit once and for all that this is an American problem that is not directly impacted in any way by video games. To blame art for reality is as absurd as the inaction on the part of the United States goverment to do something about gun control in this country.

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        March 1, 2018 3:34 PM

        Other countries don't have access to guns as easily as we do though. If they did, there would be a lot more shootings to blame on video games.

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      March 1, 2018 4:07 PM

      If video games were that effective then a single Japanese shmup bullet hell gamer could probably take out several million people in one go.

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      March 1, 2018 4:56 PM

      I just don’t see people like Bobby Kotick having anything pertinent to say on this subject. What a joke.

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      March 1, 2018 5:06 PM

      Tried to find a photo of Jack Thompson holding up the box for "Kingpin" in front of congress but couldn't find it. Those were the days...

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        March 2, 2018 3:08 AM

        Kingpin was such a fun game. I played the hell out of that multiplayer.

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        March 2, 2018 5:40 AM

        Man jack thompsons brand of dumbshit idiocy seems like such a quaint old time form of sleazy opportunism compared to the hypocritical shit that flies in the political discourse today. Some dude mowed down a school/kindergarden with a semi automatic rifle, ban violent games!

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      March 2, 2018 3:07 AM

      ESA made a statement about this, per Vice Waypoint:

      ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump.

      The same video games played in the US are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries. Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence.

      The US video game industry has a long history of partnering with parents and more than 20 years of rating video games through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. We take great steps to provide tools to help players and parents make informed entertainment decisions.” – Entertainment Software Association – March 1, 2018


      https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/7x7jb9/in-search-for-any-excuse-but-guns-trump-to-meet-with-video-game-industry

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      March 2, 2018 4:38 AM

      Is it 1995 again? Haven't we been through this discussion?

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      March 2, 2018 5:44 AM

      Next Tipper Gore will interrogate musicians.

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      March 2, 2018 2:27 PM

      we play plenty of violent computer games up here in the Nordic countries, and we never had a school mass shooting - just saying.. oh, and we don't hand over automatic rifles to our citizens..