Donald Trump’s Video Game Meeting Refers to Female as Male

Donald Trump’s Video Game Meeting Off to a Bad Start

The meeting on the effect of video games on people under 21 years of age is today. Earlier, we showed you the list of people attending the meeting. And some people have taken note of the fact that ESRB President Patricia Vance was initially referred to as “Mr” in one of the released statements.

It doesn’t bode well for a meeting that many are already questioning. Some point to the fact that no one at the meeting is qualified to scientifically assess the link between video games and violence.

“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,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “This meeting will be the first of many with industry leaders to discuss this important issue.”

Others, like Dan Hewitt, spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, think that “video games are plainly not the issue.”

“Entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation,” he said. “The upcoming meeting at the White House … will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices.”

Take a look at the full list of people attending the meeting below:

Members of Congress: 

  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
  • Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri)
  • Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama)

External Participants:

  • 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”
  • Ms. Patricia 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