June 21, 2018

‘Active Shooter’ video game is pulled after backlash from shooting survivors

01 June 2018, 04:55 | Yvette Williams

Violent Video Game Encourages Players to Take Part in School Shooting

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

The owner of video game marketplace Steam said it has removed a game where players could simulate a school shooting, a premise that sparked outrage among the families of survivors and turned out to be the work of a previously restricted publisher.

Meanwhile, Valve also confirmed via a statement to Deadline that they have also removed the game's developer, Revived Games, and publisher, ACID, from Steam. Although one might, like the developer, point to titles like Postal as games with far more disturbing content the fact that Active Shooter was announced so soon after the most recent school shooting in the USA points to the overall "troll" like behaviour of the developer.

It has generated much public criticism including condemnation by the parents of students killed during the Parkland, Florida, shooting in February.

An online petition on was put up after "Active Shooter" was added on Steam's platform in preparation for its actual release on June 6.

Valve is a privately held company which has developed popular games such as "Dota 2" and "Half-Life". "Active Shooter" may have violated some of the guidelines. "We can't expect those people to be the only ones who stand up against things like this". She may team up with another Mercer Island resident to start programs that would help prevent school shootings, she said. The issues related to the controversial Steam game, however, do not end with its removal from Valve's online distribution platform. The game functioned as a school shooting simulator, with an option for players to take on the role of a shooter terrorizing the halls of a school.

‘Solo’ stalling at the box office with $101 million four-day opening
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In the midst of a national discussion over school violence, you have some people blaming violent video games.

But more recently, other studios have made school shooting games that seem to actively want to be as offensive as possible such as School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, which was later pulled from ModDB where it was being hosted.

The game's planned release coincided with a spate of more recent school shootings, including one at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas in which 10 people were killed. "While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone".

Games that are distributed on Steam do have to go through a review process before they can go live on the site, according to Valve's website. 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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