After Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, has blamed video games for the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton (we wrote about this subject in detail before), the gaming industry has responded to the president’s comments.
The IGDA (International Game Developers Association), as well as the IGDAF (International Game Developers Association Foundation), has reacted to Donald Trump’s comments with the following joint statement: „Our deepest condolences and hearts go out to the victims and families affected by the tragic events in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Society has endured too many senseless acts of violence and horrific mass shootings. Blaming video games distracts from the broader issues at hand. There is an overwhelming amount of research that finds there is no evidence linking video games to violence. Video games do not cause violence, and we support efforts to discontinue this misguided information,” reads the statement from IGDA executive director Renee Gittins and IGDAF Society executive director Nika Nour. They both underline the recent study’s result (which we might have written about back in February) that in the case of teenagers, there is no direct correlation between video games and the violent acts.
America is getting into a slightly tight situation. From September 1, more Chinese products could be tariffed, and they include PlayStation 4 Slim, the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X, and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, and partially, the Nintendo Switch, as well as the Nintendo Switch Lite (due to launch in late September) will all be affected. The consoles might get a price hike, and if Trump puts some sanctions on the gaming industry (with things like a tax on the games’ price), then the games themselves might also become more expensive.
Of course, this story is developing, so it’s not over yet.