Parkland parents decry game that simulates school shootings

Parkland parents decry game that simulates school shootings

Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust has called for Valve to remove Active Shooter from Steam altogether.

- A video game that allows users to simulate school shootings is being ripped by parents, child health advocates and elected officials.

Acid noted that other violent games have existed on Steam's platform, including a 2015 game that involved killing civilians at random, though not in a school setting. "We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve", the rep stated.

The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon.

Its subject matter, however, drew huge controversy, because the game functions as a school shooting simulator.

The game-entitled Active Shooter-will be available to purchase via online games store Steam starting on June 6. As the shooter, the game keeps a running count of how many cops and civilians players have killed.

The game's creator, a publishing house named Acid which gives its home as Moscow in Russian Federation, has defended the game as not meant to be taken seriously.

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Adding to critics' claims that the game is seeking to monetise controversy, other games this developer has sold via Steam include White Power: Pure Voltage. A study released in January by the University of York suggests that there is no link between violent video games and behavior.

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. "Any company that develops a game like this in (the) wake of such a horrific tragedy should be ashamed of itself". The mother of three said she couldn't believe a game like this exists, reports KCPQ.

A petition for the game went up recently and garnered over 100,000 signatures before the game ended up being removed. One local mom said it's all about letting kids play video games in moderation, and watching out what they're exposed to.

In a forum titled "The Big Debate", developer wrote, "There are numerous of games such GTA, Postal, Carmageddon, Hatred where it's literally about mass is "Active Shooter" is [sic] any different from mentioned games?.You can not simply say OK to one and NOT OK to another".

The post continued, "I have wrote to Valve regarding this game and waiting for the reply".

Ryan Petty is the father of a 14-year-old killed in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, and he's calling for the game to be cancelled. "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".

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