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30 May, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Valve facing backlash over school shooting game on Steam

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.

On May 23, Acid posted a "clarification" saying they had received accusations and criticism since the game was announced.

The developer says the game allows users to "protect and extract, or hunt and destroy".

Meanwhile, Ryan Petty, the father of a 14-year-old student who was killed in a school shooting in February at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, called out Valve.

A trailer on the website of Valve's digital distributor Steam opens with the player's character as a SWAT team member entering a school to tackle a shooter, before switching over to the perspective of the attacker, with the action set to a pounding heavy metal score.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow Pollack, was killed during the shooting, was also critical of the game. "It's not okay to do it in a school and any reasonable company should know that", Robinett said.

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Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted Monday the game is "inexcusable". A study released in January by the University of York suggests that there is no link between violent video games and behavior.

At the bottom of the game's description, a statement adds: "Please do not take any of this seriously".

In a statement, the game's Steam page says, "This is only meant to be a simulation and nothing else".

An online petition to stop the release of the game had gathered more than 100,000 signatures as of Tuesday (May 29) afternoon. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or diall 911 (or applicable). "Schools, churches, movie theater, and even nightclubs have all been victimized by such tragedy and now to allow young minds to be filled with the corruption of how to carry out an active shooter situation is inhumane".

"This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as '[bc] Interactive" and "Elusive Team, '" Valve said.

"If you think there's no correlation between this game and shootings, then you obviously have not read the studies or seen the facts that show the more that you expose yourself to violence, the more likely you are to become violent", said Nyquist. But Active Shooter, which takes its title from the police term used to describe an armed person who has already fired shots, will take place in a school.

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