A popular online video game platform is set to release an extremely controversial video game on June 6 called "Active Shooter," which gives users the opportunity to be a mass shooter and go on shooting sprees inside schools.
The BBC reports:
According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players "slaughter as many civilians as possible" in a school environment. ...
The school-shooting game is described as "realistic" and "impressive". And the developer has suggested it will include 3D models of children to shoot at.
Users are given on-screen stats informing them of how many civilians and law enforcement officials they have killed during their shooting spree.
Charity Infer Trust called on Valve, the company behind Steam, to remove the game before it goes on sale in a couple of weeks.
"It is horrendous," a spokesperson for Infer Trust said. "Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We're appalled that the game is being marketed."
The BBC notes that the video game's developer has been accused in the past of selling "asset-flipped" games in which it allegedly repackaged third-party game engines and graphics "with minimal alteration or development."
The developer warns users on the page, "Please do not take any of this seriously."
"This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else," the warning states. "If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you."
Hundreds of accounts weighed in on the controversial game, with many, including the families of school shooting victims, calling for the game to be taken down.