Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

School-Shooting Video Game under Intense Criticism

School-Shooting Video Game under Intense Criticism

An upcoming computer video game that would allow players to re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills has been condemned as insensitive and inappropriate by the parents of students who were shot to death during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The game, which is slated to be released on June 6, will be available on Steam, a digital distribution platform developed by Valve, Fox News reported. Players can be a member of a Swat team called to the site of a mass shooting or the killer trying to fend off the response unit and slaughter as many people as possible.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the Parkland shooting, released a statement via Facebook asking people to petition Valve, the company that runs Steam, to remove the game from its service. "First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting", they wrote in a post on Steam, noting that the game was originally just going to be about SWAT teams, but then they decided to make shooters and civilians playable as well.

The father of another Parkland victim, 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, has urged consumers to boycott the game in an emotional series of tweets. The game is described as a "dynamic S.W.A.T. simulator".

"With any game question what is this adding to my child's life, how is this benefiting them in some way, and I struggle to identify any way that this active shooter game could be beneficial to a child", Gilliam said.

Active Shooter, a new video game that mimics a school shooting from the point of view of the shooter, is prompting outrage days in advance of its release, Fox News is reporting. The game description labels the two options as the opportunity to "be the good guy or the bad guy...your objective would be either to neutralize the target (active shooter) or be the target himself".

Please do not take any of this seriously.

Efforts to reach the developer and the company hosting the game were not immediately successful. "I want them to pull the game simple, just pull it", Robinett said. On its Steam store page, however, potential purchasers are told to "Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy!"

"Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian", Acid posted Thursday.

Developers can submit games to Steam by paying a US$100 fee, but company guidelines bar any "content that is patently offensive or meant to shock or disgust viewers". Valve itself did not create the game, but is providing the platform for people to access it.

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