New Video Game Simulates School Shooting

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2018

The game offers players the opportunity to play either a S.W.A.T. team member or an active shooter in a school setting.

Just days after yet another fatal school shooting in the USA (this latest tragedy taking place at Santa Fe High School in Texas) Valve has been called to pull a game from Steam called Active Shooter which let players tackle hostage situations in schools, including letting them play as a terrorist who can shoot children.

However, Steam has come under fire for its lax moderation, with plenty of games not following creator Valve's own regulations.

The game comes amid a renewed push for gun control and a heated debate over guns across the country.

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.

This might not be without rational, as violent video games are protected under the First Amendment of the constitution as of Brown Vs. Entertainment Merchants Association, whereas obscenities and lewd content are not (with regard to people under the age of eighteen).

The petition already has hundreds of signatures.

Valve did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment.

Revived Games also said in a statement online that the "game does not promote any sort of violence". The push has largely been led by student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and others injured. His daughter Alaina was 14. "Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a 'game'". He said that "sick people" were behind the game's creation and release and that these kind of games would desensitize young people to the tragedy that befell his daughter.

"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. In addition, scientific studies regarding violent video game usage have been unable to provide any link between violent video games and violent acts. "This really crosses the line".

"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", concludes Acid, suggesting that the removal of the mode will likely have to be forced rather than a choice it and the developer would make. Valve itself did not create the game, but is providing the platform for people to access it.

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