'Horrendous' school shooting video game pulled after parents express outrage
- Author: Fernando Stephens May 31, 2018,
May 31, 2018, 17:34
The cancellation came after parents and lawmakers nationwide expressed anger over the game, called "Active Shooter", which would have allowed players to participate as either a member of a SWAT team tasked with disarming a school shooter or in the role as the active shooter themselves, according to USA Today.
The Bellevue-based video game publisher Valve said it is dropping the "Active Shooter" game that would have allowed a player to take on the role of a gunman in school. One this is clear, however, and that is Valve refusing "to do business with people who act like this towards customers".
The game is titled "Active Shooter" and slated for a June 6 release. Sign this petition to DEMAND the game isn't launched, " Jaclyn Corin, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, tweeted Tuesday.
Professional video gamer "Siefe" explained the video game's premise and how he couldn't believe the game was on Steam in the first place.
"We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam", stated Valve.
Valve claims that the game's maker "is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation".
Game Craze Store Manager Alexander Thousand isn't one of them but even he thinks Active Shooter, a game where you shoot people inside a school, potentially goes a step too far.
In fact, some users' comments on the video game preview supported it.
About an hour before Steam removed the game, Siefe watched the game's preview. Games such as Fidget Spinner Simulator were low effort asset flips.
"Active Shooter" quickly inspired a backlash from parents. Content that is "patently offensive or meant to shock or disgust viewers" and "content that exploits children in any way" are both on the list.
Valve has pulled games from Steam before - some because they were not original creations.
The developer took to the game's since deleted Steam page to try to defend it, saying that he didn't want to promote any type of violence. Bill Nelson, weighed in on the issue as well, calling the game "inexcusable". The game received a whirlwind of press after the developer chose to add the option of playing as either the shooter or as a civilian attempting to survive a shooting event taking place in a school.