has more details on today's planned meeting at the White House with
game industry representatives to discuss attempts to shift blame for gun
violence onto video games. The meeting was called by President Trump who
expressed a need for the kind of rating system for games that's already in
place, though some parents, such as the president, don't heed it. "I look at
some of the things he’s watching," Trump said last week about his 11 year-old
son's media (presumably games). "And I say, how is that possible?" The new report notes additional
attendees and sets an agenda for the meeting, saying it will be the first of
several. There's more on this in
The Washington Post
where they also have an unconfirmed list of attendees,
including those who will be across the table in an anti-gaming camp:
Trump has invited video game executives like Robert Altman, the CEO of
ZeniMax, the parent company for games such as Fallout; Strauss Zelnick, the
chief executive of Take Two Interactive, which is known for Grand Theft Auto,
and Michael Gallagher, the leader of the Entertainment Software Association, a
Washington-focused lobbying organization for the industry.
Three people familiar with the White House’s planning, but not authorized to
speak on the record, confirmed those invitees. A spokeswoman for the White House
declined to share a full list of participants on Wednesday. ESA confirmed its
attendance this week, but the others did not respond to questions.
Opposite of them are expected to be some of the video-game industry's toughest
critics, including Brent Bozell, the founder of the Parents Television Council,
and Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, the three people said.
After another shooting — the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Conn. — they each called on government to focus its attention on
violent media rather than just pursuing new gun restrictions.