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Biden meets with EA CEO, other game execs

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he knows "there's no silver bullet" during a meeting with games industry representatives to talk about the relationship (or lack thereof) between violent games and violent crimes, VentureBeat reports.

“But I ask the Cabinet to come together--the Attorney General, Homeland Security, Department of Education, Health and Human Services--because we know this is a complex problem. We know there is no single answer," Biden said.

Biden then placed his hand on Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello's shoulder and told him the White House isn't singling out games, given the dearth of research conclusively linking violent games to real-life violence.

“Frankly, we don’t even know if some of the things people think impact [violence] actually impact it,” Biden said.

Polygon reports that Biden's task force on gun violence, which was formed largely in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, also met with several other games industry executives from the Entertainment Software Association, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, Activision Blizzard, E-Line Media, Epic Games, GameStop, Take-Two, and ZeniMax Media (owners of Bethesda Softworks).

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12 comments

  • YouGetNothingYouLoseGoodDaySir - January 12, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Simple minded dolts on both sides of the aisle are quick to find a subtitle scapegoat instead of tackling the real, but much more difficult to conquer, catalyst(s). And on almost every occasion that scapegoat takes the form of a newly prevalent and largely misunderstood or mistrusted medium or idea. Jazz, rock 'n roll, hip-hop/rap, homosexuality, immigration, etc, etc. While responses such as this are difficult to swallow for those fond of the target of the moment, they are almost always ephemeral (unless religion is involved, of course).
  • ObliqueZombie - January 12, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Good job, Biden. At least your head isn't in your ass.
  • Child Of Death - January 11, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    At least Biden dosent already have his mind set of thinking video games cause violence and that he is actually talking to the game developers.
  • Tjwoods18 - January 11, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    I'd say that the issue with violent video games (for minors) falls directly at the hands of the parent. There is simply no other way to curbside the affect of video games if parents are unwilling to step in a take command.
  • KA87 - January 11, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Guns don't kill people, failing to sent help to a besieged embasy kills people Joe.
  • jackthemenace - January 11, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Video games don't kill people; People like Activision kill Video Games.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 11, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    I love how gun enthusiasts will say, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people!" until they're red in the face and then they want to blame video games. Well, video games don't kill people either. Good on bro Biden acknowledging the complexity of the issue and at least saying the task force isn't singling out video games even if he may not mean it.
  • derek722001 - January 11, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    NRA should stand up and take responsiblity for their actions..
  • derek722001 - January 11, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    This is waste of time... Video games don't kill people. People kill people ok.
  • obviouslyadouche - January 11, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    I take issue with this statement, my brother was violated and murdered by a copy of Superman 64.
  • KA87 - January 11, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    That game took far to many far to early. Sorry for your loss.
  • Churchy99 - January 12, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    I barely got out of there alive. It was terrible. Supermen falling through solid floors, horrible controls that crippled your fingers one by one. Graphics that blinded the eyes with their awful quality... *proceeds to have several haunting flashbacks*

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