The online game unfolds from the point of view of an attacker who drives a school gear with a weapon or throws a grenade into an auditorium. The character creeps around corners and stairs. Spatter balls, blood splatters. SWAT team members are shot.
The game, Active Shooter, was due to be released on June 6th. But there was controversy after several shootings at the school, including massacres at high schools in Santa Fe, Texas, and Parkland, Florida
Parents of Parkland shooting victims intensified opposition to the game, calling for boycotts and attempting to release them to block.
"Nothing will bring back my daughter, but there is a role for adults I'm responsible for that, and that's not responsible," said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one of the 1
Active Shooter was developed by Acid Publishing Group, which has an online site in English and Russian. The developer planned to sell the game for $ 5 to $ 10 on Steam, a Valve Corporation publishing house in Bellevue, Washington. However, on Tuesday night, after being exposed to online calls for a boycott, Valve said in a statement that it would not carry any games from Acid, the company behind Active Shooter, and other games that have Acid on the Steam platform had removed.
The statement states that the person behind Active Shooter, which had been removed during the operation, was removed another company name last fall, "is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, the publication of copyrighted material, and the Manipulation of user reviews. "
"The broader discussion of Steam's content guidelines is one that we will soon address," the statement said.
Before it was removed from the Steam website, the description of Active Shooter was: "Choose your role, get ready and fight or destroy! Be the good or the bad guy, it's up to you! Only in & # 39 ; Active Shooter & # 39; you can choose the role of a SWAT elite member or actual shooter. "
The discussion about violent video games and their impact on young people's behavior was renewed after the Parkland shoot. Police said in that it was executed by a former student, Nikolas Cruz, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.
One neighbor said Cruz spent long hours playing video games. President Trump said after the shootout that he hears "more and more people are saying that the extent of video game violence really shapes young people's minds." Researchers have rejected such allegations many times as the number of mass shootings has increased The last two decades
An online petition to stop the game's release had collected more than 100,000 signatures on Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina was killed in Parkland shooting, said in a statement: "It is disgusting that Valve Corp. seeks to capitalize on the glorification of tragedies that affect our schools across the country The safety of our children is a real concern that affects our communities and is in no way a "game."
Mr. Guttenberg asked on Tuesday why Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and others who blamed violent video games for real gun violence, were silent about the Active Shooter game.
"None of them said a word," he said. "I would be glad if you would join me."
Mr. Guttenberg said, "They benefit from the murder of my daughter," adding, "They're releasing a game that glorifies what happened to my daughter."
He found that Mr. Cruz had reportedly written about his thoughts. The shooting would "make someone with him". And we're going to release these video games out there to keep playing this idea?
Acids developer, Revived Games, did not respond to requests for comments on Tuesday Acid said last week in a blog post that the game "does not encourage any violence, especially [sort] mass shooting."
Acid said he had contacted Valve about the criticism of his game and would likely change it if the company agrees, but it added that other games focus on mass shootings, the Miami Herald reported.
Anger of people can see and why this is a bad idea for the game, I still feel that this topic should be left alone. "Acid said in a statement.
Some of the frames from the game, the show a record of civilians killed and policemen killed, and a player may also decide to play as a member of the SWAT team and " Extract civilians and neutralize the shooter ".
There is a warning on the Steam side of the game: "Please do not take it all seriously, this is just the simulation and nothing else, if you want to hurt someone or people around you, please contact the local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). "
A boycott of Steam was claimed online while others said it was misguided against the game's release, but no weapons control measures.
Amy Klinger, the headmaster of the Teacher School safety net, a nonprofit counseling group that creates lesson plans for a computer simulation training teachers for a mass shooting, said on Tuesday that there is a difference between a general violent video game and one that lets children immerse themselves in a frame that is part of their daily experience.
"It is a bit more problematic to put children into this world where they live real life," she said.