Controversial ‘Active Shooter’ video game taken down from streaming site

A planned video game in which a player can be a school shooter draws outrage

The game lets players take the role of a school shooter or be a part of the defense team, but many parents are saying the content is far too sensitive given the severity of what has happened this year.

Later on, developer Revived Games commented on the news in a post on the Steam forums.

"We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve", says the spokesperson. The company has been accused of double standards after cracking down on anime dating games while games such as Active Shooter exist unchallenged.

UPDATED 7:12 p.m. ET: Following major backlash, Valve has announced it will remove the Active Shooter video game from its popular gaming platform Steam.

A description of the game, which will not be sold on a console system, comes with a disclaimer: "Please do not take any of this seriously".

Acid, which appears to be based out of Russian Federation, said the game was originally meant to be a "SWAT simulator", but it later made a decision to add more gameplay elements, including the option to be the shooter or a civilian. "If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911". According to the petition's creator, Stephanie Robinett, the upcoming game is "turning deadly school shootings into entertainment".

"Active Shooter" was set to be released June 6.

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"The last thing we need is a simulated training on school shootings", said Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, told the newspaper.

A change.org petition, which was posted online three days ago, has already received almost 25,000 signatures.

But it may be the first new such game since 27 people died in recent mass shootings at high schools in Parkland and Santa Fe, Texas, heightening discussions around preventing gun violence in schools. President Donald Trump said after the shooting that he was "hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts".

Players would be given "game stats" where they could see how many civilians and police officers were killed.

To the parents of the 17 children murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the game crosses a line.

The developer recently noted in a Steam-based blog that the game did not promote violence. The mother of three said she couldn't believe a game like this exists, reports KCPQ. Valve's statement to Kotaku, however, does state that it's aware of the conversation around the games it allows on Steam, and plans to address it soon.

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