[H]ardOCP: Valve Slammed over "Horrendous" Steam School-Shooting Game

[H]ardOCP: Valve Slammed over

Just days after yet another fatal school shooting in the U.S. (this latest tragedy taking place at Santa Fe High School in Texas) Valve has been called to pull a game from Steam called Active Shooter which let players tackle hostage situations in schools, including letting them play as a terrorist who can shoot children.

A video game set for release June 6 lets players simulate an active school shooting.

"Active Shooter" is billed as a "dynamic S.W.A.T. simulator", which allows players to be either a S.W.A.T. team member of or the shooter in school settings, according to Variety.

"Active Shooter's" developer, Revived Games, reportedly plans on releasing another mode of play in which players can be civilians in the mass shooting as well.

The Miami Herald reports that Acid said in a blog post that its game doesn't promote violence and that it might remove the shooter's role in the game.

"When you make a game about something in real life that can happen to us, that actually happened to me, it's not only offensive, it's disgusting, why would you make a game a about a school shooting, it's so messed up", said the Marjory Stoneman Douglas student.

At the bottom of the game's description, a statement adds: "Please do not take any of this seriously". This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else.

"It's not okay to do it in a school and any reasonable company should know that", Robinett said.

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Child psychologist Amanda Gilliam says while research linking video games to school shootings is inconclusive, she does not recommend parents letting their children play the game or similar ones.

"We've crossed that line and it's time to walk backwards a little bit".

Charity Infer Trust has called upon valve to remove the game, saying that the game is in "very" bad taste. "We're appalled that the game is being marketed", the spokesperson said. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable).

I have wrote to Valve regarding this game and waiting for the reply.

The epidemic of shootings has fueled much of the outrage that has greeted the game.

"As I mentioned in Steam discussion forums, there are games like Hatred, Postal, Carmageddon and etc., which are even worst compared to Active Shooter and literally focus on mass shootings/killings of people", continued Acid, which has also published White Power: Pure Voltage and Tyde Pod Challenge.

When viewing other titles by Revival games, a pattern emerges of utilizing controversial and emotionally charged content to market their games.

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