School-Shooting Video Game under Intense Criticism

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Images previewing the game show on-screen graphics totalling the number of cops and "civs" (civilians) killed.

Next week, a new video game is slated to be released that lets players be either a SWAT team member responding to a school shooting, or the gunman terrorizing school hallways.

"I love offensive humour as much as the next guy, but you're dense as hell if you can't see why a pay-to-play school shooting simulation game might be taking it a step too far", said one user.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Parkland shooting February 14th said: "It's disgusting that valve corporation is trying to profit from the glamorization of tragedies".

"It's disgusting that Valve Corp.is trying to profit from the glamorisation of tragedies affecting our schools across the country", Petty, who is running for Broward County school board, said in a statement.

Most FPS games take place where you would expect: battlefields (real and fictional), post-apocalyptic cityscapes, abandoned insane asylums, that sort of thing.

In response to growing condemnation, Acid released a "clarification" on the game's Steam page, claiming that Active Shooter "does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting".

The game called "Active Shooter", and that's exactly what it simulates.

While the developer insists that the game (that includes realistic 3D models of children to shoot at) is not to be taken seriously, it is clear that the added caveat will not be enough to protect the developer from the torrent of criticism from both anti-gun violence groups and the community at large.

Efforts to reach the developer and the company hosting the game were not immediately successful. 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". "I want them to pull the game simple, just pull it", Robinett said. "After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now".

This does call into question whether or not Active Shooter went through any review process during its induction onto Steam Direct, which seems to allow any title to be published provided the $100-fee is paid up front. 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 blog post continued. Active Shooter is set to release on June 6.

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