By Alexi Patterson
Active Shooter, a new video game that simulates school shootings was released on June 6. However, people all around the United States are outraged about this game and are standing up against it. A change.org petition was working on keeping it from being published, it gained over 100,000 signatures as of May 29. Acid, the publisher of the game, stated: “Originally when this game started its course of the development, I have planned on having SWAT only based game-play.” “Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian.”
Stephanie Robinett, a Seattle mother who started the petition, said: “ How can anyone sleep at night knowing that they are profiting from turning deadly school shootings into entertainment.” Not only did this game begin marketing days after the 23rd U.S. school shooting of 2018, but also has started yet another emotionally charged debate on gun violence in America. Lori Alhadeff, the mother of Alyssa, whose life was taken after being shot ten times at Majority Stoneman Douglas, said “We are trying to prevent this from happening again, and they are encouraging it. It is despicable. It is vile.”
Tuesday night, Valve Corporation, the owner of Steam, had the game removed from the platform after finding out the publisher was actually a person calling himself Ata Berdiyerv, who had already been removed from the site last fall. Valve stated, “Ata is a troll, with a history of consumer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user reviewed manipulation.” They will not do business with people who don’t respect them and their customers. Many people, including anti-gun activist Fred Guttenburg, a man whose 14-year old daughter Jamie was killed in a shooting, are glad that this video game has been removed.
Although the game has been removed there are still people trying to stand up to the fact this game was ever published. Senator Bill Nelson argued that “Any company that develops a game like this in wake of such a horrible tragedy should be shamed.” However, this is not the first game of its kind to have been created. In 2001 another game, called school shooter, which portrayed the Columbine school shooting in 1999, was published but was later pulled after public outcry.