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Valve under fire over high school shooting game on Steam

Revived Games
Screenshot from a controversial high school shooting game Active Shooter
Active Shooter

Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust have called on Valve to take down Active Shooter from Steam ahead of launch, due to the game depicting a high school shooting where players take on roles of the police, shooters or even civilians.

Active Shooter has been accused of being insensitive to high school shootings in the US, of which 22 occurred in 2018 alone. With the most recent high school shooting happening in Santa Fe only recently, it's not hard seeing where Infer Trust got the idea.

The charity thinks the game is in very poor taste and horrendous, which is why they think it should be taken down from Steam. "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?"

Revived Games took to Active Shooter's Steam page, where he claimed that his game does "not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting". He says the game description clearly states it's a dynamic SWAT simulator that offers dynamic roles.

Apparently, Active Shooter was supposed to offer only SWAT gameplay at first. Ultimately though, the roles of shooters and even civilians simply made sense. To be fair, as far as games go - I completely agree.

Both Revived Games and Infer Trust have contacted Valve about the issue, although they have yet to respond. So, at the time of writing, Active Shooter is still on track for 06 June 2018 launch.

On the more personal side of things, I'm having difficulties understanding where a video game factors into righting the wrongs of the world. I'm sure people hurt and I empathise, I really do. But chucking blind accusations and attacking other people's livelihoods because you hurt is just not right.

Revived GamesScreenshot from a controversial high school shooting game Active ShooterActive Shooter

Having said all that, it is incredibly peculiar, if not downright shady, to be unable to find a developer's or publisher's website at first glance in this day an age. There doesn't seem to be a trailer on YouTube either so take that as you will.