The White House held a preliminary meeting with games industry representatives and their opponents today, to discuss the possible impact of game violence on... well, how fucked up America is when it comes to gun violence, I guess.
In attendance where the CEO of Bethesda parent company Zenimax, the CEO of Take-Two, and the head of the Electronic Software Association. They were joined by the founder of the anti-game-violence Parents Television Council and the Republican head of the Media Research Center, another video game opponent.
And how did the meeting kick off? Well, with this artfully arranged piece of propaganda.
According to Rolling Stone, the video shocked some attendees - though, not any of the game makers. The clip includes footage from Fallout 4, and the now infamous 'No Russian' level from Call of Duty. It also features a lot of clips of Nazis getting shot, stabbed, and generally discommoded, so it's kind of easy to wonder if it's not the violence that's the problem, but rather that Trump is worried about some of those "very fine people" in alt-right getting their feelings hurt.
A lot of clip's seem to take from the YouTube channels of numerous gamers, including that of Giant Bomb's Dan Ryckert, and Dat360noscope, so that's one way to up your media profile. We can only wonder if the White House actually sought permission to use the footage...
No real decision was made in the hour-long meeting. Trump showed the video, then went around the table asking for comment. The ESA released the following statement after the meeting:
"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 appreciate the President’s receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion.”