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Warren Spector: Every developer in White House violent games video “should be ashamed”

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US president Donald Trump’s meeting on videogame violence yesterday was mostly uneventful, aside from a brief supercut of violent clips which is still available on the White House YouTube channel. One person who wasn’t a fan of the images on display is Deus Ex director Warren Spector.

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Though Spector says he doesn’t believe there’s any correlation between violent games and violent behaviour, he says on Twitter that “the videogame reel shown at the White House on Thursday is simply disgusting. Every shot is in colossally bad taste and everyone associated with those games should be ashamed of themselves.”

That’s a pretty sweeping statement, but Spector wants to be clear it’s the glorification of violence rather than violence itself that doesn’t sit well with him, especially when anti-game activists can use these instances to “shift the focus from real problems.

Some of the responses to Spector’s original tweet included people in the industry. A developer on Sniper Elite said he’s proud of his work, though he does acknowledge there’s room for nuance.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford also wasn’t a fan of what Spector had to say, asserting that the video was built with a “propagandist mindset,” saying to Spector that the tactics having an impact “on a mind as disciplined and sophisticated as yours is disheartening.”

Many of Spector’s games have included violence, even if not to the same degree as the titles shown in the White House video, but he’s quick to point out that his titles featured alternatives to violence, and if he had it to do over again he’d make a few changes.

If you want to keep an eye on what Spector and the folks around him have to say, the discussion is most civil and continuing to take place on his Twitter feed.

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