A new video game that encourages players to take part in a school shooting has triggered outrage online.
Active Shooter, lets players choose between taking on the role of a SWAT team member trying to stop an ongoing school shooting — or the role of the shooter themselves, shares Daily Mail.
Those who play as the shooter will be shown a tally of the number of civilians and police officers they have managed to kill during their simulated shooting spree.
Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust has described the game as ‘horrendous’ and in ‘bad taste’ given the recent mass shootings in the US.
‘Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy!’ the description on the Active Shooter listing declares.
‘Only in “Active Shooter”, you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T team member or the actual shooter.
‘Depending on the role, your objective might be to protect and extract or hunt and destroy.’
Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust has called on Valve – the company behind the Steam online games store, where Active Shooter will be available to purchase – to take the title down before it goes on sale worldwide, on June 6.
A spokesperson for Infer Trust told the BBC: ‘It’s in very bad taste. There have been 22 school shootings in the US since the beginning of this year.
‘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?
‘We’re appalled that the game is being marketed.’
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The creator of Active Shooter, known via the moniker ‘ACID’ on the Steam online store, published a statement in response to the criticism.
‘Since this games storefront has been live, I have been stormed with accusations and heavy critics from people across the globe,’ the statement begins.
The developer states the video game ‘does not promote any sort of violence’ before pointing to the description of the game as a ‘dynamic SWAT simulator’.
“While I can see people’s anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone.”
“After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless it can be kept as it is right now.”
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