An upcoming computer video game that would let players re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills has been condemned as insensitive and inappropriate by the parents of students who were killed during the school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
The publisher of the game is a company called ACID, according to the game's website.
But after hearing all of the outrage, Acid still tried to defend the game, deflecting to other historically tacky games, writing "As I mentioned on steam discussion forums, there are games like Hatred, Postal, Carmageddon and etc., which are even worst compared to "Active Shooter" and literally focuses on mass shootings/killings of people".
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Needless to say, the timing couldn't be worse: just last week, a school shooting took place in Santa Fe, Texas - the latest in a host of school shootings this year.
In one scene shown in the game's trailer, the shooter throws a hand grenade into an auditorium, a scene reminiscent of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, in which Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 15 students.
Speaking to BBC News, Charity Infer Trust called for the game to be banned. "After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now", the company said.
Your objective would be either to neutralize the target (active shooter) or be the target himself. "First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting", they wrote in a post on Steam, noting that the game was originally just going to be about SWAT teams, but then they decided to make shooters and civilians playable as well.
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An online petition has been created to try and stop the game from being released.
In response to all of this, Active Shooter's developer released a statement. "Video game designers should think of the influence they hold". Revival games has also been accused of selling "asset-flipped" games, a process where games are repackaged and then sold with only minor modifications.
"Originally, when this game started its course of the development, I have planned on having SWAT only based game-play", a creator wrote commented on the website after backlash went national.
But it asks users not to take it seriously, and to call a psychiatrist or 911 if they feel like hurting someone.
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"I would not allow my child, and did not allow my children, to play any violent games", said Tracy Merriweather, a local mom.