Parents of students who were fatally shot during the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are upset over an upcoming video game that sees players recreating school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills. The Parkland parents condemned the video game as insensitive and inappropriate considering the trauma and pain they and all other families suffered from losing loved ones due to shocking school shootings.
The video game is titled “Active Shooter” is due to be released on June 6 via Steam, a digital video-game marketplace. It is branded as a “SWAT stimulator” that allows players to choose between an active shooter causing terror to a school or the SWAT team tasked to respond to the shooting.
The game is set to sell for $5 to $10 on Steam and will also release an alternate “civilian” mode. Developed by Revived Games and published by the company Acid, the game will not be sold on a console system.
It also comes with a disclaimer asking the gamers “not to take any of this seriously.” It says further that the game is meant only to serve as simulation and “nothing else.”
Part of the disclaimer also states that, “if you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911.”
The game’s critics argue that the developer of the said video game is only after monetizing controversy. Previous games the developer also sold on Steam include those based on trends and viral stuff, albeit infamous, including “Tyde Pod Challenge” and “White Powder: Pure Voltage.”
One parent, Ryan Petty, who lost a daughter to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas is unhappy. He said: “It’s disgusting that Valve Corp. is trying to profit from the glamorization of tragedies affecting our schools across the country.”
Petty also added: “Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is no way a ‘game.’
Acid for its part is insisting that its game “does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting.”
The critics and the families of the victims of deadly shootings decry that the video game is being promoted about only four months after a gunman killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and less than a month after ten people were killed at a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
The publisher of the video0game marketplace, Valve, is also contending with mounting pressure calling for the cancellation of the game’s release.