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Trump says US needs video games ratings after blaming them for gun crime

Trump says US needs video games ratings after blaming them for gun crime

US president Donald Trump has suggested that violence in video games and films is the root of the country's on-going gun violence catastrophe.

Speaking yesterday, as reported by Kotaku, Trump said - well, rambled - blaming anything but the firearms industry for the repeated high school shootings.

"Maybe we need a rating system"

“We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it," he said.

"And also video games. I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so violent, a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe we need to put a rating system for that.”

A ratings systems for video games? America has had ESRB since 1994.

Our sister-site PCGamesInsider.biz has the full story.


Editor - PC Games Insider

Alex Calvin launched PCGamesInsider.biz in August 2017 and has been its editor since. Prior to this, he was deputy editor at UK based games trade paper MCV and content editor for marketing and events for London Games Festival 2017. His work has also appeared in Eurogamer, The Observer, Kotaku UK, Esquire UK and Develop.

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