This is the compilation of violent scenes from video games that President Trump used in his meeting with US video game executives yesterday.
Pinched wholesale from various YouTube channels complete with watermarks and all, the White House released the footage on its official channel to strengthen its argument that violent video games influence violent behavior.
Unsurprisingly the video features multiple Call of Duty games, Sniper Elite, Fallout, Wolfenstein and Dead By Daylight. There’s probably some irony in the inclusion of the infamous No Russian scene from Call of Duty, what with current investigations ongoing.
According to reports of the meeting, it didn’t actually achieve much. Almost as if it’s being used as a distraction from the real issue of arming a nation with military grade weaponry.
“This is violent, isn’t it?” said Trump to attendees of the meeting, according to The Washington Post, which included an exec from Take-Two and suits from The Entertainment Association, which supports US video game publishers.
Trump encouraged the industry “to explore things they can do on their own to make things healthier in society” according to one attendee.
The Verge reports that “attendees said there was little serious talk of government restrictions on content (which would present significant legal challenges), and the conversation focused on more robust age restrictions or voluntary measures that could be undertaken by the industry itself”
“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,” said The ESA in a statement.
Trump was apparently open-minded during the meeting.
“The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence,” said the White House in a statement after the meeting. “The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence.”