School shooting video game removed online after backlash

Leigh Mccormick
June 1, 2018

"Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation", Valve said, adding that it discovered Berdiyev's return to Steam under new business names with the investigation of Active Shooter.

However, another statement was also posted on Steam's website from the publisher Acid, which said that "after receiving such high amount of [criticism] and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game". The developer took it a step further, however, and announced a game mode that would allow players to be in control of the shooter, with the goal being to kill as many students and law enforcement officials as possible.

Parents of victims who were involved in the Florida school shooting earlier this year expressed their anger at a video game billed as a "school shooting simulation".

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News of the game spread quickly as parents of children killed in real-life mass shootings spoke out. "We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve".

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Even so, the organiser of the Change.org campaign against Active Shooter has celebrated a ban in this instance on the grounds that school shootings should not be depicted for entertainment.

Although Valve is based in Bellevue, Robinette heard about the video game through the BBC. If made by a more reputable developer, was Active Shooter something you would have considered purchasing? But various studies on games and violent crime, including one from the University of Texas in 2011, have indicated no correlation or the opposite holding true - such as higher rates of video game sales coinciding with a drop in crime. The company said it will also have a "broader conversation" soon about all content on its online platform, which planned to charge between $5-10 starting on June 6 for the game.

A Steam user named "Acid", acting as a spokesperson for Active Shooter online, questioned why the game was so controversial when other games that encourage the mass killing of unarmed civilians are still for sale.

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The creator of Super Columbine Massacre RPG! said the game was meant as a serious attempt to grapple with the question of "Why did they do it?" and to address claims of whether the shooters' interest in video games (like Doom) fueled their crime.

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