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‘Active Shooter’ is the Most Horrific Video Game Ever

"This company should face the wrath of everyone who cares about school and public safety and it should start immediately."

STEAM/ACID

Parents of students gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February are speaking out against an upcoming first-person video game that allows players to assume the role of an active shooter, rewarding them with points for gunning down students and police officers. The game is called Active Shooter and though Acid, the Russian publisher of the game, says that it’s simply a SWAT simulator, it isn’t. The game allows players to simulate the mass murder of children.

One parent, Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Parkland shooting has called for a boycott of Valve, the company that runs Steam, the online gaming platform that will host the game. Such a boycott would not be a minor endeavor. As of right now, Steam has something in the ballpark of 125 million users worldwide.

“It’s disgusting that Valve Corp. is trying to profit from the glamorization of tragedies affecting our schools across the country,” Petty wrote in a Facebook post. “Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a ‘game’.”

Based on screenshots released by Acid, the game looks to only be set within the confines of an American-looking school, as it includes a gym, classrooms, various hallways, and bathrooms as potential locations. It’s hard to deny Petty’s assessment that the game is something of a “glamorization” either. Since the Parkland shootings, the topic of not only gun violence in general but school shootings more specifically, have become hot-button issues that Acid had to know would draw a lot of attention to the game.

Another parent, Fred Guttenberg, who’s 14-year-old daughter Jamie Guttenberg was killed in Parkland, derided the game in a Tweet.

Though Active Shooter’s Steam page tells players to “Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy!”, its creators are still claiming that the game “does not promote any sort of violence.” It’s not a particularly believable claim, but there it is.

Active Shooter is still slated for a release on June 6.