Valve Corp, a renowned gaming company famous for their Steam gaming platform on which any game developer can place their game for $100, set June 6 as the release date of "Active Shooter" the videogame that according to many has crossed the line.
Active Shooter, a new video game that mimics a school shooting from the point of view of the shooter, is prompting outrage days in advance of its release, Fox News is reporting. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else.
But it asks users not to take it seriously, and to call a psychiatrist or 911 if they feel like hurting someone.
Parents of Parkland shooting victims, Orlando's Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors and Las Vegas shooting survivors have all spoken out against the release of the game.
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"The last thing we need is a simulated training on school shootings", said Pollack, the founder of the school-safety advocacy group Americans for CLASS.
In the meantime, concerned parents started an online petition on Change.org, demanding that Steam drop distribution of the game. Depending on what role they picked, players were tasked with either neutralizing the target or hunting and killing civilians in a school setting.
Rice says her discussions with patients show the correlation between video games and violence is inconclusive.
"Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian", Acid posted Thursday.
The game is receiving an outcry after a student shot and killed 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas.
"It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children?" the spokesperson told BBC. Being a SWAT member offers nothing we haven't seen in other games and developers are well aware of this.
In the same email, Valve signaled it plans to take on the larger issue of violence in video games as well.