Well, I'll admit, I genuinely have no idea what's going on anymore - in the wake of the Parkland, FL, school mass shooting, President Trump and several others have decided that the issue at the core of America's epidemic of mass shootings isn't readily-available firearms, but....videogames. Yes, we're going back to the early-2000s pearl-clutching atmosphere around violent videogames being the root of all ills in society - and even Jack Thompson's back! It's almost nostalgic, if it weren't such an obviously ignorant, gruesome, and deeply cynical charade being manufactured by a bunch of weird dipshits desperate to shift attention away from gun control reforms.

There was apparently a large (closed to press) meeting today at the White House, featuring the President, a few members of Congress, some pundits, and various delegates from the videogame industry, including reps from Rockstar and Bethesda. What exactly was discussed, and was anything decided? It's hard to say! But one hint that this trip down "demonizing videogames because we're out of ideas" memory lane is just BEGINNING was this video, unceremoniously uploaded (and unlisted) by the White House.

As in the official, verified White House Youtube account.

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Yes, it has the tiny lil checkmark. It's real.

The video is a context-free, manipulatively-edited mishmash of whatever violent videogame moments some editor could compile by randomly searching Youtube for gaming footage to use. The intent is obvious - videogames are violent! It's a reductive argument (not all videogames are hyperviolent like this) and for the five billionth time FRANKLY PRETTY STUPID (sure, videogames can be violent - but to lay those violent videogames as the CAUSE of America's obsession with violence ignores the fact that most of these games are available and played throughout every country in the world). All in all, to say this video fails to sell their argument is kind of an understatement.

Also, a lot of these were pretty badass moments, so a lot of this functions (to me, at least) of just a cool montage of badass gaming moments. Like that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ending where you pull the knife out of your chest and throw it at the evil general's forehead? HELL YEAH.

But also, it's super funny some intern video editor just randomly grabbed whatever Let's Play footage they could find - and even left a ton of watermarks in place! Can Dan Ryckert and Dat360NoScope file DMCAs against THE WHITE HOUSE? I have my fingers crossed.

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And to truly show how goddamn INCOMPETENT they are at this, the fools who uploaded this video left the COMMENTS OPEN. In an ANTI-GAMING VIDEO WITH STOLEN FOOTAGE. ON YOUTUBE. You can turn off comments - and should, especially if you're uploading a video as outright dumb as this.

But now, at least we get to enjoy all of Youtube roasting the White House for this dumb crusade:

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As of right now, the video has an ASTOUNDING 96% dislike ratio. Although maybe we're all misunderstanding this, and this is just Trump pivoting to turning the White House into his dedicated gaming channel. Really looking forward to him showing off some Minecraft mods and doing a Nuzlocke run next week.