Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

School shooting game Active Shooter removed from Steam

The Active Shooter game has been removed from Steam after received an angry blacklash The Active Shooter game has been removed from Steam after received an angry blacklash
Mandy Jefferson | 02 June, 2018, 20:36

First players control the shooters in a scenario re-enacting the actual shooting that took place April 20, 1999.

The PC game, "Active Shooter", was set to be released June 6 on Steam, an online gaming store and platform owned by Valve Corp., a video game developer. It's branded as a "SWAT simulator" that lets players choose between being an active shooter terrorizing a school or the responding SWAT team.

In a statement late Tuesday, a spokesman for Valve Corporation, which runs the digital distribution storefront Steam, said it removed the developer, Revived Games, and its publisher, Acid, from the platform for introducing the game, "Active Shooter". "This developer and publisher - in fact, people who call themselves ATA Berdyev (Ata Berdiyev), which last fall already blocked when he acted on behalf of the [bc] Interactive and Elusive Team", - said the representative Valve site Kotaku.

Robinette's concern is that not enough research has been done to find out how video games may be linked to violent behavior. But scrutiny has been renewed in the wake of school shootings in Florida and Texas, drawing responses from President Trump and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. They also said that he had a bad history on Steam.

In defending its game, Acid pointed to other video games available on Steam that depict mass shootings.

Ryan Petty, father of a student killed during the February 14 massacre, called for the release to be canceled.

"'Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a 'game".

The father of murdered student Jaime Guttenberg said he is horrified and thinks the game should not be released. The first-person shooter game allows users to play as a school shooter.

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But the game's tagline begged to differ, tantalising players and telling them to "Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy!"

"The last thing we need is a simulated training on school shooting", Pollack told the newspaper. And after Santa Fe, Patrick cited everything from too many doors in schools to abortions and violent video games as factors that contribute to mass killings. "We're appalled that the game is being marketed". "And we stand here and we wonder why this happens to certain students", he said.

The mission of this game is to kill students, teachers, even police.

A petition protesting the game on change.org garnered nearly 200,000 signatures by Wednesday morning.

Following a whirlwind of controversy over content versus free speech, Valve has made a decision to yank the game Active Shooter from Steam, but it didn't stop there.

It has triggered a lot of outrage, and mental health experts say it can be a risky game.

Valve has now confirmed the game will not be released and named the person believed to be responsible for its creation.

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