School shooter simulation video game is pulled after outrage

Active Shooter Removed From Steam Dev Called A'Troll

Active Shooter Removed From Steam Dev Called A'Troll

Valve Corp., owner of online video game platform Steam, has removed a school-shooting video game after widespread backlash.

The game, Active Shooter, came under fire (sorry) this week after a Seattle woman started a petition calling for its removal in the wake of ongoing school shootings.

Valve said the person behind Revived Games has a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, manipulating user-reviews and changing business names to hide their identity.

In the end, Valve avoided the argument while still managing to pull Active Shooter by focusing on the developer's past infractions and previous ban under a different name.

The game, set to be released next month, lets players choose between taking the role of a SWAT Team member trying to stop an ongoing school shooting, or the role of the shooter themselves.

News of the game's upcoming release had drawn fierce criticism in recent days from classmates and parents of students slain in Parkland, who demanded Valve remove the game from its platforms. The simulation racks up points by the number of civilians and police that are shot and killed.

Dr. Scott Anderson, pediatric clinical psychologist at Rochester Regional Health, says there are multiple reasons why parents should be concerned about games like this.

An online petition urging Valve to pull "Active Shooter" before its release had more than 200,000 signatures.




"Revived Games believes violence and inappropriate actions belong in video games and not real world, and insists that in no event should anyone attempt to recreate or mimic any of the actions, events or situations occurring in the game", it said.

Valve is a privately held company which has developed popular games such as Dota 2 and Half-Life.

The "Active Shooter" game was scheduled for release on June 6.

Lombardi added that Valve planned to have further conversations about the policies that regulate content on Steam. The game received a whirlwind of press after the developer chose to add the option of playing as either the shooter or as a civilian attempting to survive a shooting event taking place in a school.

"We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve", he added.

To be clear, Active Shooter was not created by a major developer.

She says its hard for companies to sift through all of the content being published on sites like Steam.

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