School shooting video game removed online after backlash

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"Active Shooter" was scheduled to be available June 6 on Steam, a popular platform where players can buy and download thousands of games.

Valve has removed controversial game "Active Shooter" and the developer responsible for it from its digital storefront Steam. Berdiyev, meanwhile, was previously booted from Valve' platform after releasing a game called Piccled Ricc based on an episode of Cartoon Network's "Rick and Morty".

An upcoming computer video game that would let players re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills has been condemned as insensitive and inappropriate by the parents of students who were killed during the school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

A computer game labelled "despicable" by the parents of recent United States school shooting victims has been dumped from Valve's online game marketplace Steam.

A digital counter keeps a helpful tally: CIV KILLED: 1.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the Parkland shooting, also urged people to boycott the game.

"'Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a 'game".

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Acid released a statement on their - now unavailable - Steam page, saying that the game didn't "promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting". The Change.org petition asked, "How can anyone sleep at night knowing that they are profiting from turning deadly school shootings into entertainment?"

"Everyone that cares about school & public safety should be OUTRAGED", Corin said.

It also drew the ire of Florida's senior senator Bill Nelson, who called it "inexcusable", adding that the developer should be "ashamed".

"The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon", Valve said to end its statement, delaying the discussion about the content of Active Shooter to a later time.

"Parents should definitely be aware of the video games that they're children are playing", she said. However, that doesn't explain why a game about school shootings was set to make it onto Steam in the first place.

In the 90s, it was common for lawmakers to attempt to lay the blame for such shootings at the hands of video games, claiming that the people that carried them out had been socialised by their violent content.

More than 57,000 people signed a petition to ban the game. As of this writing, the video game can no longer be searched or purchased through Steam.

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