According to new reports coming out a popular online video game platform is about to release a game that is extremely controversial. Debuting on June 6, ‘Active Shooter’ will hit the market which allows users to be a mass shooter inside schools.
“According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players “slaughter as many civilians as possible” in a school environment…” reports the BBC.”…The school-shooting game is described as ‘realistic’ and ‘impressive’. And the developer has suggested it will include 3D models of children to shoot at.”
Within the virtual reality game, users are given stats on-screen as to how many civilians and cops they’ve murdered during their shooting spree.
Quite obviously many people are outraged by this concept and Charity Infer Trust has called upon Valve, the parent company of Steam, to remove the game before it goes to market in a few weeks.
“It is horrendous,” a spokesperson for Infer Trust said. “Why would anybody think it’s a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We’re appalled that the game is being marketed.”
The game developer warns users, “Please do not take any of this seriously.”
“This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else,” the warning goes on to say. “If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you.”
However, this disclaimer simply isn’t enough. The outrage and offense this has brought to everyone in the community, including the families of school shooting victims, should make Steam drop the product ASAP. Boycott this game and spread the word. If our words won’t work, then our money will do the talking.