Just hours before President Trump was to host a meeting with top executives from the video gaming industry, a new installment was released of a popular shooting game, “Call of Duty,” by video game giant Activision.
Following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, President Trump, along with others, has expressed concern about the violence in movies and video games that children have access to.
During one meeting on school violence, the president mentioned his 11-year-old son, Barron, saying, “The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you wouldn’t be, you’d be amazed at. I have a young, very young son, who, I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, how is that possible?”
According to The Hill: VentureBeat reports that “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” will launch on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One on Oct. 15. The popular shooting franchise usually releases a game every year, with the games generating over $1 billion in revenue so far.
The news comes the same day Trump met with top executives in the video game industry, including Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Rockstar Games, maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, and Robert Altman, the chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, which publishes popular games such as the “Fallout” series and the massively popular “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”
Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, rejected Trump’s rhetoric about violence in the media, noting that mass shootings are a unique problem to the United States, while violent media is distributed worldwide.
TIME reported on President Trump’s meeting Thursday with video gaming industry leaders and critics:
Those attending the meeting from the video game industry included representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board and two CEOs of video game publishers.
Also attending were a representative of the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, as well as conservative activist Brent Bozell — a longtime critic of video game violence who founded the council — and the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games.
PTC program director Melissa Henson said she sought to convey the challenges of keeping violent games away from kids “even for the most diligent parent.”
She described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps.
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