A new Valve game that was to be released onto the Steam Marketplace on June 6th has been pulled amid outcry by lawmakers and parents of school shooting victims.
The game called "Active Shooter" is billed as a “dynamic SWAT simulator,” and players take on the role of a SWAT team member with a mission to disarm the active shooter. The part of the game that is really upsetting is that players can choose to play the role of the shooter as well.
The preview video shows civilians attempting to run away from the gunman while being fired upon, and in the corner there is a box showing how many people have been killed.
Fred Guttenberg, father of one of the Parkland victims commented on the game via Twitter, “I have seen and heard many horrific things over the past few months since my daughter was the victim of a school shooting and is now dead in real life. This game may be one of the worst.”
While any number of violent FPS games can be found on Steam or any other gaming platform, the majority of them tend to be war-related or horror games. Having a game that basically functions as a school shooter simulator is in not only distasteful, but in the wake of America’s school shooting epidemic, it is also irresponsible.
A Valve spokesman discussed the game with USA Today, saying:
“This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘[bc]Interactive’ and ‘Elusive Team.’ Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title.”
Looks like Ata Berdiyev is just some lowlife looking for 15 minutes of infamy.
Listen to an intelligent and in-depth analysis of the abhorrent video game in the video below, posted to YouTube by SidAlpha on May 25, 2018.
Read more about the game, 'Active Shooter' game lets players act out a school shooting. Parkland parents are angry” written by Brett Molina posted by USA Today on May 29, 2018.