Active Shooter is slated to go on sale June 6 on the Steam digital distribution platform. Players can be a member of a Swat team called to the site of a mass shooting or the killer trying to fend off the response unit and slaughter as many people as possible.
It was developed by Revived Games and published by the company Acid, which has said it plans on selling the game for $5 to $10 on the video-game marketplace Steam and releasing an alternate "civilian" mode.
There are plenty of "play as a cop" type games available; however, issue has been taken with the ambiguous term "dynamic roles".
Gilliam says parents should be tired of their children playing any active shooter games, even if the research doesn't directly tie them to violence. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable).
While America has averaged one school shooting per week this year, a new video game is facing backlash on Monday for its lack of sensitivity. On its Steam store page, however, potential purchasers are told to "Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy!"
And it's not the first time the developers of this game have made games with attention grabbing titles.
Active Shooter is being derided by gamers on social media and the developer is seemingly embracing controversy to boost sales.
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Similarly, according to PC Gamer, the Steam forums are filled with horrified reactions.
To the parents of the 17 children murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the game crosses a line. A change.org petition, which was posted online three days ago, has already received almost 25,000 signatures.
"Originally when this game started its course of the development, I have planned on having SWAT only based game-play".
Video games are protected under the First Amendment, the US Supreme Court ruled in 2011.
"Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian", Acid posted Thursday.
Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime to the Parkland shooting, condemned the game on Twitter, saying "I have seen and heard many horrific things over the past few months since my daughter was the victim of a school shooting and is now dead in real life". The post reads, "While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone".
Valve has not indicated that it will remove the game from Steam, as its content policy only explicitly forbids hate speech, pornography, and adult content that's not properly labeled with warnings.