Earlier this week, a new controversy has arisen regarding a video game. A bunch of angry parents have signed a petition against Active Shooter, a game that looks really similar to a school shooting simulator. The game had its release set on June 6th but, as the petition has gathered so many supporters, Valve decided to remove the game from the Steam platform.
Angry parents wrote a petition against Active Shooter
In the light of the recent school shooting event, the Active Shooter game attracted everyone’s attention at the beginning of this week. The game should depict a SWAT simulator, but its gameplay video displayed the main character running on the corridors of a school and shooting people.
Of course, such a game came as a sensitive topic given the recent events, so everyone was outraged. As a result, a group of parents decided to start a petition against Active Shooter. The one who took the initiative was Stephanie Robinett, who describes herself as an activist.
Revived Games, the developer, tried to defend their creation saying the whole action shouldn’t depict a school shooting. Also, Valve first allowed it on Steam due to free speech, since the game wasn’t actually illegal. However, the petition quickly gathered more supporters and, only in a few days, obtained over 200,000 signatures.
Valve agreed to pull the game from Steam
This left Valve no solution than remove the game from Steam. Its release was initially scheduled for June 6th. However, the avid petition against Active Shooter made the company take action a lot more quickly. The developers declared that, if things had started to get ugly, they would have removed the option to play as a shooter.
If the petition against Active Shooter hadn’t been successful, the game should have been available for $5 or $10. The main option was to play as a member of a SWAT team. However, it also featured a mode that displayed a full-fledged school shooting where you had to slaughter everything in your way.
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