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Yep, we’re discussing this yet again. Not a week after Matt Bevin’s inane comments about video games surfaced, former reality show host and current U.S. President Donald Trump also decided to mention the classic scapegoat of video games during a school safety meeting.
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping young people’s
Trump leads with, “I’m hearing more and more people say”. He didn’t say, “Studies from x have shown y”, or, “The Dept. of x has determined y from video games”. Like Bevin, it’s simply rhetoric. It’s hyperbole. It’s not factual and it further distracts from actual solutions. Trump continued:
“You see these movies… they’re so violent, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved… and maybe they have to put a rating system on that.”
Aside from ignoring real-life regulatory bodies like MPAA’s rating system, these comments are nothing new for Trump. In 2012 he tweeted “Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!”
At meeting on school safety, President Trump says violence in video games and movies is responsible for shaping young people’s thoughts: “We have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing” https://t.co/VfXvVkwQmq pic.twitter.com/vbt2t0dhtm
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
I could go on about Canada, France, Sweden, etc. selling video games and not having shootings every week, but it would digress. Although, Japan is a great example here, too. Japan rarely has more than 10 deaths in a country with a population of 127 million. Compare this with the US, with over 13,000 people killed in 2015, with a population of over 320 million. The biggest thing to remember is that the Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that video games are protected by free speech, and struck down an attempt to regulate violent video games. They stated:
“Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively,”
The point here is not to get distracted. Read studies, like we’ve linked here. Do the research and help out your fellow humans when it comes time to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t let your friends and family be distracted by vapid claims.
Don’t Hate the Geek will always stand up for gamers because we are gamers ourselves. What do you geeks think? Does Trump have a point, or is this just political bullshit? Let us know in the comments!