President Donald Trump has made waves after saying that violent video games are partly responsible for the number of mass shootings that have taken place in the USA this year.
His statements have p*ssed off a lot of people, with both gamers and non-gamers accusing the President of using video games as a scapegoat instead of tackling the much more prominent issue of gun control in the US.
Rockstar Games has also now spoken out against the President’s comments, with parent company Take-Two Interactive’s CEO Strauss Zelnick telling The Hollywood Reporter that “blaming entertainment is both irresponsible, and disrespectful to the victims and their families.”
He added: “Entertainment is consumed worldwide. It’s the same worldwide. Gun violence is uniquely American and we need to address the real issues.”
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has also weighed in on the situation, issuing a statement saying: “More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide…
“Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S. Video games contribute to society, from new medical therapies and advancements, educational tools, business innovation, and more.”
Trump blamed “gruesome and violent video games” for contributing to the “glorification of violence in our society” following yet another two mass shootings earlier this month.
The attacks took took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. At least 31 people lost their lives, with dozens more injured.
The events are being classed as “domestic terrorism.”
In protest of Trump’s comments streamers and other high-profile video gamers are taking to social media to try and get their views across.
Dear mainstream media,— DrLupo (@DrLupo) August 4, 2019
The only thing desensitizing a majority of the US to gun violence is all the gun violence. Video games haven't influenced me, or anyone else, to go out and kill someone.
Please stop lying. This is exhausting. We need actual change.
DrLupo tweeted: “Dear mainstream media,
“The only thing desensitizing a majority of the US to gun violence is all the gun violence. Video games haven’t influenced me, or anyone else, to go out and kill someone.
“Please stop lying. This is exhausting. We need actual change. Love,
Leave video games alone!
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