Parkland Parents Condemn Video Game That Lets You Play As School Shooter

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

Parents, police and gamers alike are denouncing an upcoming video game that allows players to simulate a school shooting, saying the publisher wants to make money off the "glamorization of tragedies" impacting students and teachers across the country.

"It's probably not a good time to have a game where you're running around shooting civilians in a school setting", says local gamer Evan Kice. Revived Games says they may remove the ability for users to play as the active shooter, and instead focus on game play around law enforcement.

Nearly as soon as the game's store listing went up, Steam users took to the game's forums to voice their distaste. The plan is to to sell the game for between $5-10.

The petitioners stand beside parents calling for this game to be stopped, as well as common sense gun laws, including Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime Guttenberg who was shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

The unreleased game's Steam store page describes it as a "dynamic SWAT simulator" in which you play as a shooter, a SWAT team member trying to neutralise them, or a civilian.

Ryan Petty lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting earlier this year. "It's not okay to do it in a school and any reasonable company should know that", Robinett said. "Do not buy this game for your kids or any other game made by this company", he tweeted.

This company should face the wrath of everyone who cares about school and public safety and it should start immediately. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) also spoke out against the video game, calling it "inexcusable".

Earlier this year, Gizmodo reported that the U.S. Army and Homeland Security Department had developed a simulation game meant to help teachers prepare for an active shooter situation.

Acid, which appears to be based out of Russian Federation, said the game was originally meant to be a "SWAT simulator", but it later chose to add more gameplay elements, including the option to be the shooter or a civilian. A change.org petition, which was posted online three days ago, has already received almost 25,000 signatures.

In a difficult-to-follow post on 23 May 2018, the game's publisher claimed that Active Shooter "does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting".

In response to all of this, Active Shooter's developer released a statement. President 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".

A note on the official Steam site of Active Shooter urges people 'not to take any of this seriously'.