Could Donald Trump’s Presidency Have an Effect On Video Games?

by Robert Workman


Even though the video game industry is thriving with record revenue from last year, there are those who still perceive video games as a threat, “harming” young children and wasting away the days of many players who could be doing something better, according to significant others and concerned politicians.

Among those who aren’t too thrilled with the video game industry is president-elect Donald Trump, who gets sworn into office tomorrow with his inauguration. A tweet has emerged from 2012 that indicates how he feels about video games, noting, “Video game violence & glorification must be stopped – it is creating monsters!” (A bit of irony, considering that Trump had his own video game, Real Estate Tycoon!, years ago. We even included the image above.)

Now, there’s no clinical proof that video game violence is having any sort of reaction with players, despite small cases like someone being inspired by Grand Theft Auto to steal a vehicle or what-not. But it does raise concerns as to what could happen with the video game industry once Trump enters the Oval Office.

Obviously he has bigger issues to tackle, so we probably don’t have anything to worry about at the moment. Down the road, though, who knows?

That said, gamers are certainly far more intelligent than Trump seems to be giving them credit for. In fact, a study conducted by the ESA in 2015 indicates that gamers are very politically engaged, despite indications that state otherwise. Eight out of ten gamers vowed to vote in the election last year (whether they actually did or not wasn’t really gauged), with 100 million in count.

Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, noted, “Gamers are engaged, informed and hold strong opinions on critical issues. From both sides of the aisle, and in every state across the country, they will influence the course of our nation’s future.”

Whatever the case, people are going to be watching Trump closely as he takes over the presidency. Hopefully, it won’t affect this industry on the whole, and we can get back to doing what we love – taking down monsters, and not being monsters.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.