Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

New video game called "Active Shooter"

New video game called

A game developer and digital distribution company has announced, after facing harsh criticism, that it will pull a video game that allows players to simulate a school shooter.

"Active Shooter" is billed as a "SWAT simulator', and will be released on Steam, an online games marketplace", parents said in a statement, cited by Russia Today. "We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve", the spokesperson said.

CNN subsequently reported that the families of two students killed in February's high school attack in Parkland, Florida had described the game as being "despicable" and "horrific".

Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter, Alaina Petty, was also killed, had urged Valve Corp., Steam's parent company, not to sell the game.

During the game, players are given statistics such as a "body count" in which they can see how many civilians they killed as the school shooter.

The game's description details two options, giving players the opportunity to "be the good guy or the bad guy".

Not surprisingly given the raw emotions around gun violence and heated national debate over gun control, the game sparked an uproar, with a Change.org petition quickly approaching its target of 150,000 signatures.

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Surely somebody noticed during this game's development that the idea of a first-person school shooting MIGHT not go down well with the public.

"This game, along with other games that glorify shooting people in a massacre kind of style, we have got to draw the line somewhere", Michael Mata, President of DPA, said.

So far, Valve, the company behind Steam, has not released any comment with regards to this particular issue.

In response to the backlash earlier in the day, the now-banned game developer posted a "clarification" announcement on Steam, insisting that the game did not promote real-world violence and suggesting that the ability to play as the shooter may be removed from the game. "Only in Active Shooter, you will be able to pick the role of an elite SWAT team member or the actual shooter".

But that promotion also comes with a disclaimer stating: "Please do not take any of this seriously".

Acid noted that other violent games have existed on Steam's platform, including a 2015 game that involved killing civilians at random, though not in a school setting.

"This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else", the note reads. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable).

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