'Active Shooter' video game sparks backlash online, pulled ahead of release

'Active Shooter' video game sparks backlash online, pulled ahead of release

'Active Shooter' video game sparks backlash online, pulled ahead of release

A Seattle-area company has removed a school shooting video game from its online platform following widespread backlash.

The game Active Shooter appeared on the Steam Store gaming platform, which has over 100 million users, earlier this month, and promised to allow players to be either the shooter or SWAT team in a school shooting.

Acid shared a clarification on the Steam Community forum, writing "this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft of a mass shooting", adding, "After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooter's role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now".

In a statement to CNN, Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi said that the developer behind Active Shooter had been banned from Steam already, while operating under a different name. In addition, both the game developer (Revived Games) and publisher (ACID) have been banned by Valve Corporation from using Steam. "We are not going to do business with people who act like this toward our customers or Valve", Lombardi said. "The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon". Sign this petition to DEMAND the game isn't launched, " Jaclyn Corin, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, tweeted Tuesday. Still, the company's statement didn't exactly inspire trust.

At Bits+Pixels, Benkel says customers need an I.D. or a parent with them to buy the more violent games.

Not everyone seems to share Siefe's concern or sense of outrage over "Active Shooter". Many peopled argued in favor of the developer, pointing out that other games such as Grand Theft Auto V and various World War II titles all put players in position of killing others, sometimes in cold blood as well.

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An online petition by the activist group Change.org urging the game distributor not to launch the game drew almost 200,000 signatures.

The "Active Shooter" game was scheduled for release on June 6.

Although Valve is based in Bellevue, Robinette heard about the video game through the BBC. Groups of users on the site have posted comments celebrating school shooters in the past, according to a March article from Vice publication Motherboard. "Video game designers should think of the influence they hold".

The game allows players to re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills.

Active Shooter was developed by Acid Publishing Group, which has an online page in English and Russian.

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