Parkland parents decry school shootings simulation game

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It's not too hard to guess what the game is about: you choose whether to be a part of the SWAT team responding to a school shooting or you could play as the one mowing down a bunch of students.

In a statement to Motherboard, Valve confirmed the game-Active Shooter-was yanked and further commented on the person behind it who has a history of being problematic and controversial on the platform.

As controversy over the game began to rise, the developer wrote a note on Steam saying "it has written to Valve and will likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release".

Despicable. Let @steam_games know games depicting "active shooter" scenarios in schools, where players shoot civilians, students & law enforcement are unacceptable. The publisher of the game is a company called ACID, according to the game's website.

"We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve", says the spokesperson.

Valve added that a broader conversation about Steam's content policies "is one that we'll be addressing soon". But it may be the first new such game since 27 people died in recent mass shootings at high schools in Parkland and Santa Fe, Texas, heightening discussions around preventing gun violence in schools.

Parents of Parkland shooting victims, Orlando's Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors and Las Vegas shooting survivors have all spoken out against the release of the game. It's set to launch June 6 on the Steam Marketplace. As the shooter, the game keeps a running count of how many cops and civilians players have killed.

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But it asks users not to take it seriously, and to call a psychiatrist or 911 if they feel like hurting someone.

The heavy criticism has prompted Acid, via its Steam page, to announce that it is considering dropping the portion of the game that allows players to take up the role of a school shooter. "Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a 'game'".

Lawmakers and parents of school shooting victims to Express anger about the upcoming video game that allows players to either stop, or to arrange a school shooting.

"They're trying to profit off of it, and I think it's disgusting", said Lori Alhadeff in an interview with NBC News.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was among 17 people killed in the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February, was among those condemning the game and urging it not be released.

The post continued, "I have wrote to Valve regarding this game and waiting for the reply".