Valve Removes ‘Active Shooter’ Game and Its Developer From Steam

Jun 01, 2018, 16:56
Valve Removes ‘Active Shooter’ Game and Its Developer From Steam

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

A much-criticized video game that would let players shoot up a school has been pulled from a digital storefront just days before its release.

However, another statement was also posted on Steam's website from the publisher Acid, which said that "after receiving such high amount of [criticism] and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game". The first-person shooter game allows users to play as a school shooter. Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the February mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, urged his followers to speak out against the game, calling it "despicable" and "unacceptable".

The game, Active Shooter, was scheduled to be released June 6.

The game was listed as being developed by a Russian outfit known as "Acid", though the validity of such a company was later rebuked by Valve, the company behind Steam.

"Your objective would be either to neutralize the target (active shooter) or be the target himself".

'We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve. She may team up with another Mercer Island resident to start programs that would help prevent school shootings, she said.

President Trump is among those who have previously suggested that violence in video games could encourage real-world attacks.

While Ledonne was trying to say something about video games, regardless of whether or not you believe he was successful, that sets him apart from many other creators of school shooting video games. The issues related to the controversial Steam game, however, do not end with its removal from Valve's online distribution platform.

"We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam", stated Valve.

Have you ever played any of these school shooting video games?

"They said nothing about the actual game content", Robinett says.

Artistic expression is one thing, but it's hard to know what the message of such a game could be aside from: "Isn't it fun to murder school children and teachers?"

"With any game question what is this adding to my child's life, how is this benefiting them in some way, and I struggle to identify any way that this active shooter game could be beneficial to a child", Gilliam said.