New video game lets player re-create school shootings

New video game lets player re-create school shootings

New video game lets player re-create school shootings

Infer Trust, an anti-gun violence organization, told the BBC the game is "in very bad taste" given the fact that there have been 22 school shootings in the USA since the beginning of 2018.

In what can only be described as a horrendous marketing decision, a non-major Steam publisher has produced a game that crosses the line of acceptable and appropriate content in a horrifying way.

Ryan Petty, who lost his 14-year-old daughter Alaina in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, called the game "despicable" in a tweet.

The game is due for release on 6 June, but an online petition urging Valve to ban the game from its service has so far attracted nearly 35,000 signatures. Given the deaths of 10 people in last week's Santa Fe High School shooting, along with a further 13 wounded, it's safe to say that this is considered offensive among the majority.

It prompted a Change.org petition which gathered more than 20,000 signatures.

Complaints about the game have been fierce, and yesterday the person behind the game said they will probably remove the option to play as the mass shooter.

The game puts the player in the firsthand perspective of an active shooter scenario.

"There have been 22 school shootings in the United States since the beginning of this year", an Infer Trust representative told the BBC. As I said in the description of the game: Active Shooter is essentially a dynamic SWAT simulator in which dynamic roles are offered to players. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else. There have also been plans outlined to add a survival mode, allowing players to step into the shoes of a civilian that needs to "escape or perform a heroic action such as fight against the shooter itself".

"First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting", said Acid.

The website hosting the game is called Valve, which lists Revived Games as the developer.

In recent days, the publisher of the video-game marketplace, Valve, has come under intense pressure to cancel the game's release.

But after hearing all of the outrage, Acid still tried to defend the game, deflecting to other historically tacky games, writing "As I mentioned on steam discussion forums, there are games like Hatred, Postal, Carmageddon and etc., which are even worst compared to "Active Shooter" and literally focuses on mass shootings/killings of people".

"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.

But it asks users not to take it seriously, and to call a psychiatrist or 911 if they feel like hurting someone.

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