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Debating Video Games and Violence

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Do violent video games drive young people to do things like shoot up schools?  It's a question that has been debated before, and now it's being raised again by President Trump in the wake of last month's mass shooting in Florida. 

He has called the level of violence in video games and movies "vicious" - and thinks the issue needs to be discussed again with this latest fatal school shooting. 

Thursday, President Trump hosted a round-table at the White House that pitting video game makers against some of their most vocal critics.  He raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games.

A spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association, whose CEO attended the meeting, issued a statement that said video games are not the problem. "Entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the U.S. has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation."

Also attending were a representative of the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, as well as conservative activist Brent Bozell - a longtime critic of video game violence who founded the council - and the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games.

The Trump administration is not the first to question the link between mass shootings and video games.  Following the Sandy Hook shooting, the Obama administration said congress should fund research on the topic, which led to a similar meeting between Vice President Biden and video game industry representatives. 

The science on the possible correlation between violence and video games, remains vague, with many unable to make a conclusive connection.  Today, more than two-thirds of U.S. homes -- that's 67% -- have a video game device, according to the ESA.  Only 11-percent of video games released in 2016 were rated for ages 17 and older.  The average gamer is 35 years old and those over the age of 18 make up more than 80-percent of all gamers.  

PlayStation 4 update lets parents boot kids from playing

PlayStation 4's latest update gives parents a lot more power.

On Wednesday, Sony rolled out a PS4 software update for its gaming console with several new features -- most notably, the ability for adults to restrict how long a child uses the system.

Other new features include more personalization and improved image quality for games played on HDTVs.

Adults can now keep track and control the length of PS4 playtime for children. It's possible to set up certain hours when playing is allowed -- like 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on weekends -- and automatically log out the user when time is up.

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