The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence.
Why we care: So far, Donald Trump's main explanation for the abundance of school shootings in America (and only America) is not that guns are ridiculously accessible here, but rather that we have a mental health crisis.
The ESA, which lobbies for video games and organizes E3 every year, is attending the meeting with Trump at the White House.
As we've previously reported, Donald Trump is now embarking on a crusade against violence in videogames - even though there's been consistent proof that the link between violent videogames and violence in real-life is negligible at best. The Trump video game meeting seemed to ultimately result in a stalemate of anti-game advocates sticking to the unsubstantiated ideas that violent video games breed violent behavior, and representatives of the video game industry defending the current ratings system as an effective tool for informing parents and potential players about violent media while maintaining first amendment rights. I know what you're thinking-case closed!-but no, the meeting went on from there before sputtering out in an unproductive haze of Let The Record Show We Tried Stuff.
Henson continued by saying that the hour-long meeting ended with no real outcome. her group believes that video games are one of three core causes of violence in America, and there was a clear sense that this was not the only time Trump meant to meet to discuss the topic.
They aren't alone. For decades, activists and politicians have blamed violence in video games, music and movies after gruesome tragedies. Speaking today during the White House Press Briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump is looking forward to the event as part of an effort to help keep schools safe.More news: Rabada in danger of missing series after ICC charge
The conversation lasted for nearly an hour and was "vigorous" but "respectful", and Trump seemed to be interested in hearing from all sides, said Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council, a group that advocates against violence and sex in entertainment.
Trump has invoked his son Barron as he speaks about video games. It features lots Call of Duty including the infamous "No Russians" scene without context, and also features Wolfenstein clearly showing a Nazi getting it in the neck, and then more Nazi's getting killed in Sniper Elite. That particular section was important to the story, and was meant to be an emotionally hard scene, not one that glorified the violent moment.
The meeting included lawmakers, critics of video games, and executives from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, which owns "Grand Theft Auto", and ZeniMax Media Inc, owner of "Doom".
"As we continue to work towards creating school safety programs that protect all children, the president will be meeting with video game industry leaders and Members of Congress to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children", a White House spokesperson told The Washington Post. "The president's approach of leaving no stone unturned is prudent, and similar meetings with the movie industry pertaining to gun violence on film should also be conducted".
From the sounds of things, this isn't the last we'll hear of the White House and anti-game proponents taking up a flag against our hobby.