As Twitchy reported earlier, President Trump seemed receptive to a lot of suggestions at a bipartisan meeting on school safety, including Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s concerns about violent content in video games and movies — triggering flashbacks to Tipper Gore for some of us older folks.

Still, Trump is scheduled to meet with video game industry executives this week to talk about … something — maybe another rating system to tack on to the existing rating system?

Now CNN is jumping on the bandwagon with an opinion piece by Jeremy Bailenson, a professor in the department of communication at Stanford. Bailenson sees violent games as a “virtual boot camp” to train possible mass shooters — at least he’s not blaming the NRA for training Nikolas Cruz by helping fund JROTC programs.

Bailenson notes that “there is at least one documented case of a killer using a first-person shooter game to improve his combat skills,” and that was Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik in 2012 — not Nikolas Cruz.

To be fair, Bailenson’s specialty is virtual reality, so he wants to make sure virtual reality games don’t become training grounds for mass shooters. He even has three suggestions. Are you sitting down?

First, let’s change the physics of bullets. Think about a Frisbee. In order to hit a target straight ahead, one needs to arc it to one side, to account for its return swing. If virtual reality bullets also traveled with a slight curve, then virtual shooters would always be pointing away from a target in order to eventually hit it. This learned side-aiming would likely carry over to the real world, and people would have trouble hitting a target straight ahead.

Bailenson also advocates for non-human targets (zombies are a popular stand-in in existing games). He also doesn’t want guns in games to have realistic mechanics: “to operate a virtual gun, you should flick your wrist or bend your elbow.”

So in the future virtual reality release of “Call of Duty,” you’d flick your wrist to fire and aim away from the target like Frisbee golf. Sounds awesome.


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