Earlier this month, President Donald Trump showed a reel of violent video game footage to support his argument that games, not guns, take most of the responsibility for the United States' epidemic of mass shootings.
There's a problem with this reel: It's too predictable. It lurches immediately for the throats of the usual suspects. Oh, Mortal Kombat is brutal? Oh, Fallout 4 contains disturbing disfigurations and non-stop gunplay? Wowie! Somebody summon Neil deGrasse Tyson, we've got some hella fresh discoveries on our hands.
Where's the condemnation-nay, where's the praise-for the video game characters whose acts of violence continue to go unnoticed by the critical eyes of politicians and parents? They're the industry's quietest, most skilled assassins. They literally crush their adversaries beneath their feet, or they dunk them in hot lava. In particularly gruesome instances, they simply eat the ones they intend to kill. No fuss, no muss. No evidence.
We think it's about time we swept a spotlight on these killers. Here it is, then: A reel of some purveyors of video game violence the White House missed.