In case you thought Donald Trump could go maybe ten minutes without making a complete fool of himself, the entire video game industry pretty much hung him out to dry earlier today.

In typical Trump blustery fashion, the somehow US President - via Bullshit Artist Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders - claimed he was due to meet with members of the video game industry to discuss ratings and the level of violence in videogames in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting incident that took place several weeks ago.

Trump pretty much made a fool of himself on a similar topic not too long ago when he claimed that the movie industry should institute some kind of rating system, completely ignoring the fact that there's been one in place for it for the past sixty years.

The best part of all this, however, is that the ESA - that's the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry's lobby group in the US that includes the likes of Activision, Ubisoft, EA, Capcom, Konami, Bethesda, Bandai-Namco, and loads more - actually came out with a statement and called bullshit on Trump.

"ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump," read the statement sent to Kotaku.

"The same video games played in the US are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries. Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence."

"The US video game industry has a long history of partnering with parents and more than 20 years of rating video games through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. We take great steps to provide tools to help players and parents make informed entertainment decisions."

Oh, and just to underline the point, the ESRB system - which is the same as the European Union's PEGI system - has been enforced since 1994 and bans violent videogames from people under the age of 17, and has an AO - Adults Only - rating as well.

But, yeah, it's definitely videogames that are causing all the violence in America.


Via Kotaku