Stop Using Video Games as a Scapegoat for Mass Shootings

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Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

Following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump made a statement condemning violent video games.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”

Even more criticisms of gaming come from the older generation. The common argument goes that playing violent games causes violence amongst gamers, possibly leading to mass shootings. However, while their claims may sound reasonable, there is no evidence to suggest this.

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Gaming Industry Facing Potential for More Regulations

Peyton Gouzien | @PGouzien

Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri announced he will introduce a bill to ban “manipulative” online game features. The Republican calls his bill the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act”.  The bill will prohibit games marketed towards children from adding features that require money for advancing or receiving random rewards. These features being “Loot Boxes” and “Pay to win” in the video games industry. Additionally, the bill gives the Federal Trade Commission the power of enforcement of the ban. Furthermore, it gives state attorney generals to files lawsuits against companies who violate the ban.

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