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Parkland parents decry game that simulates school shootings

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM


An upcoming computer video game that would allow players to 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 shot to death during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The game is titled "Active Shooter" and is slated for a June 6 release. It is branded as a "SWAT simulator" that lets players choose between being an active shooter terrorising a school or the SWAT team responding to the shooting.

It was developed by Revived Games and published by the company Acid, which has said that it plans on selling the game for $5 to $10 on the video-game marketplace Steam and releasing an alternate "civilian" mode. It will not be sold on a console system.

The Miami Herald reports that a description of the game comes with the following disclaimer: "Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you."

Revived Games and Steam's publisher, Valve Corp, did not respond to messages from the newspaper seeking comment.

Acid said in a blog post Thursday that its game does not promote violence and that it might remove the shooter's role in the game.