Any video game that allows people to role-play as a mass shooter, including the “Grand Theft Auto” series, is morally bankrupt. Any game that allows people to role-play as a mass shooter in a high school is reprehensible.
It’s hard to believe that the video game company Valve (“Counter-Strike”) actually has plans to release a game called “Active Shooter,” in which people can take on the role of an active shooter in a high school with the option of choosing a SWAT officer on a mission to stop the carnage.
Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez tweeted: “Valve Corp shut down this shovelware immediately please.”
“The ill-advised game, based on a video posted on Steam, lets you play either as a SWAT team member focused on stopping the school shooting or as the actual shooter,” reports Vox. “The game, it seems, sees this as a selling point — with the developer pointing out on Steam that ‘[o]nly in ‘Active Shooter’, you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T member or the actual.”
The avatar shooter essentially roams the school hallways looking for classmates and teachers to kill with firearms and grenades. As the kill count mounts, a side menu tracks “civs killed” and “cops killed.”
The outrage over the video game has culminated in a Change.org petition which prompted Valve to respond, saying it “will more likely remove the shooters [sic] role in this game by the release, unless if [sic] it can be kept as it is right now.”
Valve, however, defends the game, arguing that it “does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting.”
In this case, Valve did not create the game, which was developed by Revived Games and publisher ACID. The criticism towards Valve stems from their decision to release the game on their massive gaming platform Steam.