While a social debate on the carrying of firearms rages in the United States, a publisher will soon launch a video game placing the player in the role of an active shooter in a school, a gesture decried by an organization awareness of gun violence.
The game Active Shooter, which will be offered on the Steam store from June 6th, allows gamers to play in turn an armed officer responding to a school shooting. However, the game also allows users to play as the shooter or as a civilian attempting to escape the scene.
“Depending on your role, your goal may be to protect and extract [the civilians] or to hunt and destroy,” reads the description of the game ACID.
“It’s in very bad taste,” said a spokeswoman for the Infer Trust gun violence advocacy organization. “There have been 22 shootings in schools in the United States since the beginning of the year. Why would anyone think it’s a good idea to sell something so violent and so insensitive to the deaths of so many children? ”
As a conclusion to the description of his game, ACID indicates however that it should not be taken seriously. “It’s just a simulation, nothing more,” the publisher writes. If you feel like hurting someone around you, please seek help from a local psychiatrist or call 911. ”
Remove the shooter from the game?
ACID has responded to Infer Trust and Internet reviews on the Active Shooter page on the Steam Online Store. “After receiving so many hate reviews and comments, I will probably remove the role of the shooter before the release of the game.” The publisher says, however, he wrote to Valve, the company owner of Steam, and wait for his answer before take a decision.
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