White House officials on Friday had a sit down discussion with prominent executives from the gaming industry.
Speakeasy reported that Vice President Joe Biden along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder met with representatives from ZeniMax Media, Take-Two Interactive, Activison Blizzard, Electronic Arts as well as executives from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and the Entertainment Software Association to discuss violence in the media and possible ways to curb gun violence.
Also in attendance of the meeting was Christopher Ferguson, a professor of psychology who has researched the effects of the violence in video games.
“I couldn’t say that the vice president had his arms around the industry and was saying how wonderful it was on the one hand,” Fergurson told Speakeasy. "But on the other hand, I didn’t detect that instantaneous rush to judgment and say the most negative thing either. I think he’s in a sort of neutral or agnostic position, which is probably quite reasonable with where they’re at right now."
The meeting comes after the events in Newtown, Connecticut where a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 26 people, 20 of them children. The meeting was one of the several meetings that Vice President Biden had including meeting with representatives of the NRA on Thursday.