Take-Two CEO Responds to Violent Video Games Backlash; ‘Pointing Fingers at Videogames Is Disrespectful’
Mass shootings and violent crimes plague the United States, and recently, influential political figures, including President Donald Trump pointed fingers towards violent video games.
It re-ignited the connection between violent video games and aggressive behaviour argument. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, the owner of 2K, Rockstar and Private Division’s parent company, voiced his opinion on the matter on CNBC’s Mad Money. He discussed the importance of entertainment material in a person’s live, and how the same material is consumed internationally, yet only America suffer from these recurring incidents.
You and I are both fathers. We’re sons, we’re siblings. This is a terrible tragedy. A senseless tragedy. It’s fun to talk about entertainment, but lives were lost. The truth is that it’s disrespectful to the victims and the families to point the finger at entertainment.
Entertainment is part of people’s daily joy, and it’s consumed worldwide, and it’s the same worldwide. Gun violence is uniquely American. That has to change, and that will only change if we address the real issues.
What is your stance on video games’ connection to mass shootings and violent acts? It was proven several times they aren’t connected, yet people claim they are. Let us know your opinion in the comments below.