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Games for Change counters Trump's video game violence clip with true representation of gaming

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If you go looking for something you are sure to find it that is what I always say and the same goes for violence in video games. A simple YouTube search will result in lists of videos showing off the most violent games ever made. It is a given and that is what the internet is for. Donald Trump, he is not my president, held a meeting last week at the White House where he discussed violence in video games. This comes after the mass shooting at a high school in Florida. 

Trump continues to ignore the lack of gun laws in America and instead is finding a scapegoat in video game violence. Yes, because if we shoot people in COD we shoot people in real life. This has been something we as gamers have been faced with since the dawn of time. Before the meeting last week, Trump showed off this video below. Be warned, it is just a montage of violence in games. Nothing else. Hence my opening statement of when you look for something you find it. 

The video is not pretty at all and unfortunately those uneducated about the video game culture might see it as a terrible thing. It is also not an accurate representation of gaming at all as there are countless good things that it does in today's time too. 

To express this view, Games for Change put together a beautiful montage of everything good about games. The video titled #GameOn is the start of a movement to prove that gaming is more than just violence and gore. The video features the likes of The Witness, Overwatch, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Horizon Zero Dawn and much more. It is a true depiction of gaming and the way the world should see it. Not Trump's scare tactic montage.

Beautiful right? Let's hope that it reaches the same people who sat and discussed violence in video games at The White House last week so perhaps they can see the gaming industry is much broader than what they have been introduced to. The group had this to say about the happenings in the past few weeks:

After seeing that the White House produced a video depicting video games as ultra-violent, we felt compelled to share a different view of games. Video games, their innovative creators and the vast community of players are so much more than what is depicted in the White House’s video. We wanted to create our own version, at the same length, to challenge the White House’s misdirected blame being placed upon video games. We urge you to join us in celebrating the multifaceted features of video games: the beauty, creativity and joy that is inherent in this medium. To all you game developers and players who create and use games to connect with friends, to relax, to share experiences, to learn about new things, to inspire, to explore the unknown – this is for you! #GAMEON

I know I don't need to ask your opinion as we all know that violent video games don't make killers but what do you think of all this? Let us know in the comments below. 

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