President Trump held a meeting with a group of select game developers and in that meeting, developers were shown a video reel portraying violence in video games. Games For Change has published a video of its own and it is pretty cool.
Plenty of people from the gaming industry attended this meeting and the following are some of the people that you might know or may have heard of.
- Mr. Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive (Former Chairman of ESA), CEO of Rockstar Games
- Mr. Brent Bozell, Media Research Center
- Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.), “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society” and “Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing”
- Mr. Pat Vance, President of Entertainment Software Rating Board
- Mr. Mike Gallagher, President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association
- Mr. Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda Softworks)
- Melissa Henson, Mother from Parents Television Council
The following is the video reel that was shown at the meeting and I have to say that it is a poor representation of the gaming industry as a whole. While there are games that include such violence it is easy to spot that some of these games are not violent overall and only feature a few violent scenes and there are other games out there that have little to no violence in them at all.
Games for Change has responded to this video by making o video real of its own and has encouraged gamers and content creators to keep on playing, streaming and making video games that inspire people. It is safe to say that video games are much more than just blood and gore and there are plenty of people out there that have used video games to escape anxiety and depression. I speak for the millions of people out there when I say games have got us through some tough times.
Even though this Games for Change video is very short, you do get the point. Video games are going to be as they are whether people like it or not. This is not the first time that video games have been blamed for something that is not even closely related and people will always point fingers at video games. That does not mean that we give up.
Being part of the gaming industry I believe it is our duty to spread the word and keep developers motivated so that they can produce works of art. Let’s get #gameon trending.
Let us know what you think about this video from Games for Change and what you think about the current hostility against the gaming industry.