Trion Worlds’ Scott Hartsman goes on NBC to address video game violence and game ratings

Here is something kind of neat: Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman sitting down with NBC’s Press:Here to talk about video game violence and game ratings. Hartsman came on the program in response to the US administration’s claims that video games are too violent and one of the causes of school violence.

“There are contraindicators of video game play and actual real-world committing violence,” Hartsman said. “I think that at the end of the day, studying actual facts will lead us in a much better direction.”

Other members of the panel said that this is a small distraction for the White House and that it will quickly move on from using video games as a scapegoat for recent school shootings.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah its the same old NRA backed reply to every mass shooting. American people need to call BS on these NRA backed politicians. They are in total control of the government now. The list of money amounts these guys are taking is sickening.

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Denice J. Cook

Clearly the NRA and gun manufacturers are heavily funding the GOP, so Trump needs a different scapegoat.

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dixa

dont want your kids to be corrupted by violent video games? stop buying them for your kids.

getting really tiresome seeing parents looking for scapegoats to cover their own poor judgement.

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Sorenthaz

Or a scapegoat to ignore deeper rooted issues in people that would do these things.

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Suikoden

Thanks for the link.

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A Dad Supreme

“There are contraindicators of video game play and actual real-world committing violence,” Hartsman said. “I think that at the end of the day, studying actual facts will lead us in a much better direction.”

Trump after Sandy Hook: ““Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!”

Trump after Parkland: ““I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”

It’s President Trump. Facts have no business being considered. I think Mr. Hartsman needs to get out of the board room a little more and smell the coffee.

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Roger Melly

I think it all depends on the individual . Some people are a lot more likely to be influenced by video game violence than others but maybe they have a predisposition towards violence anyway . There could be any number of things that could trigger people who are like that and video games are just one of them .

Mind you from the way I have seen a lot of people act in mmo’s over the last few years I suspect many gamer’s have social and/or mental health problems but I don’t think that is because of the game, they would be like that whether they played them or not .

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Utakata

“Other members of the panel said that this is a small distraction for the White House…”

I find video games a great distraction from the White House currently. Just saying. O.o

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rafael12104

Gun control via video game ratings. Yeah, that’s the ticket… ;(

So, setting aside the politics for the moment. Rationally speaking, isn’t the first step to ensure that AR15s aren’t as easy to get as a fishing pole? Good gravy, man. We need some perspective in this country.

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Jack Pipsam

Nah it’s clearly those Poke-eh-mans which are causing the damage with the youth.

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rafael12104

Lol! Thanks, needed a good laugh this morning.

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Arktouros

No one presenting the argument that video games incite or encourage violence cares about facts or researching facts. Your facts are irrelevant because the people who need to learn them refuse to accept them.

What they care about is that you took the time and energy to put a panel together to discuss video game violence instead of using that same time and resources against gun control. That’s it. Mission accomplished.

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Roger Melly

Its probably more likely to influence younger gamers which is why we have a system of game ratings in the first place .

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Toy Clown

Why aren’t they looking at the factors that actually mess up a kid’s thinking that leads them to such violent acts? Such as starting at home, looking at bullying, and how teachers are toward children.

I really think that in many cases, video games are a release for pent up aggression. It’s pretty evident there’s a lot of messed up people on the internet by how they act. Give people the ability to mask themselves and they show their true selves. Sort of thing.

Thanks for the articles on this topic. And you’re right: They’ll look for other scapegoats soon enough. Just wish they’d look at where the problems actually start instead of doing witch hunts.

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Chris Moss

This is the best response to the problem. Lack of Parenting, bullying being ignored in schools STILL, and just the school system in general.

Blaming objects seems to be the number one excuse people like to use. Well guess one, if one object is not available, they will find another large object to do a lot of damage and death.

I want one person to explain to me how an object that has been around for HUNDREDS of years was never used in this fashion, until the last 20-25 years.

If you are not pushing a political agenda, you will have to agree, it’s not the object, it’s the current culture.

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Arktouros

That’s their other go to excuse when one of the mass shootings happen. They look towards mental health issues and how they’re allowed to flourish and develop. That we should be calling to address mental health issues not gun control. Of course that would require funding and funding requires taxes and well that’s a “no go” around here so that quickly dies out as well.

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Person Dude

Looking for the real factors involved in violent behaviour requires a lot of time and money. Most of the time the government/media are just looking for something or someone to blame because that’s cheap and easy. If you can get enough people to believe the cheap and easy option every time something horrific happens they can blame the scapegoat and move on.