A school shooting incident in Parkland, USA has made a developer create a game resembling it. However, the video game that simulates school shooting named Active Shooter has been banned by Steam before it even releases.
Russian publisher, Acid, is the company behind the so-called “disgusting” and “despicable” by parents. Not just ordinary parents, but parents of children who died during the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, in February.
The game itself lets players play as a shooter, police, or as a civilian trying to escape. The game takes place in a school-like environment.
Active Shooter uses the first-person style of play, similar to that of Counter-Strike, Doom, or Call of Duty. When you play as a shooter, you have an objective to kill civilians and also cops in the area as seen in the screenshot below.
When playing as a police, you will have an objective to find the shooter and make him pay or even prevent him from killing others.
Looking at the screenshot and writing this article itself really makes us shiver. We just can’t believe someone is so naive creating this game, especially planning to sell it on Steam.
Acid has clarified in their Steam account that Active Shooter “does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting”. However, Valve does not support these types of games. This is also not the first time that Valve has taken an action.
It simply responded by calling the developer “a troll, with a history.” The game which was planned to release on June 6, fortunately, had to be taken down. Especially when 35,000 people signed an online petition to revoke this game.
There are a lot of violent games that are spread across the world right now. Because of their negative influence, especially for children, a question emerged--Should violent games be taxed more?
It’s really sad from our point of view to have developers that focus on these type of games. We sincerely encourage developers to create more fun, enjoyable, and insensitive games. This is simply an example of an inhuman type of behavior.
Edited by Devi