Parkland Parents Condemn Video Game That Lets You Play As School Shooter

Glen Norman
May 30, 2018

Video game developer and digital distribution company, Valve, announced Tuesday they removed controversial game "Active Shooter" and the developer responsible from its digital storefront Steam, CBS Miami reports.

The release of the game came just weeks after investigators said 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing 10 people and wounding 10 others.

"This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else", the note reads. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or diall 911 (or applicable). A petition was even launched in order to have the title removed from the platform, which has nearly reached its target of 25,000 signatures as of this writing.

Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed, called for the release of the game, called "Active Shooter", to be cancelled.

This, after the gaming company, faced backlash and was accused of displaying a lack of sensitivity in the wake of recent mass school shootings. "The choice is yours!" said ACID in the game's description. A study released in January by the University of York suggests that there is no link between violent video games and behavior.

Active Shooter attracted widespread condemnation for a mode that armed players with an assault rifle to "hunt" and take the lives of innocent teachers, students or police in the setting of a school mass-shooting.

Parents of Parkland school shooting victims launch a petition to ban a video game that puts players in the shoes of a school shooter.

A PC game called "Active Shooter" once slated for download June 6 has been pulled from Steam. However, despite pressure from anti-gun violence charities, Valve say the reason for their removal of the game is not directly tied to its content. "This game may be one of the worst", said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was among the students killed during February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in a statement on Twitter.

"Revived Games believes violence and inappropriate actions belong in video games and not real world, and insists that in no event should anyone attempt to recreate or mimic any of the actions, events or situations occurring in the game", it said.

We reached out to Valve Corporation for comment, but they have not responded.

"They're trying to profit off of it, and I think it's disgusting", said Lori Alhadeff in an interview with NBC News.

"Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian", Acid posted Thursday.

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