The Video Game About School Shooting Canceled
WASHINGTON — May 30,2018
The Valve Corp company canceled the launch of a new video game that simulated school shootings, amid criticism from politicians and parents of the victims of these attacks.
The 'Active Shooter' ('Active shooter'), was to be launched on June 6th by the company, whose headquarters is located in Washington, on its Steam digital distribution platform. However, Valve Corp backed off after receiving various criticisms from the public and the authorities. Through a statement, the company announced canceling the launch of the game created by the developer Revived Games and the publisher ACID.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, died in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was delighted with this "wonderful news." He and other parents of the victims of Stoneman Douglas had requested on Twitter the withdrawal of the game.
"It's disgusting that Valve Corp. is trying to take advantage of the glamorization of the tragedies that plague our schools across the country," said Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina also died in Parkland.
The game was going to cost between five and ten dollars and let the players take on the role of either the shooter or the police trying to stop him. In addition, it was set to offer a multiplayer mode and the possibility of playing as an unarmed student trying to survive.
The petition of the activist group Change.org, which urged the distributor not to release the game gathered almost 200,000 signatures.
For its part, the game developer, Revived Games, said in a disclaimer clause that the product "is intended solely for entertainment and simulation purposes."
"Revived Games believes that violence and inappropriate actions belong to video games and not the real world, and insists that in no case should anyone attempt to recreate or imitate any of the actions, events or situations that occur in the game," the developer said.