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“Active Shooter” ignites controversy over a school shooting simulation to be released on Steam

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This hasn't been a very good day for Valve as the company is being criticized for a school shooting game soon to be released on Steam by the developer Revived Games. The game called "Active Shooter" is coming out on June 6 and it allows the player to simulate the killing of civilians at a school. The announcement comes a week after a school shooting took place in Santa Fe, Texas.

The developers state they will also release a civilian survival mode in which the player can experience the role of a civilian during the shooting. However, the controversy doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Here are some of the reactions on social media calling out Valve and the developers:

 

Even though the game is not available yet, people are also calling for the game to be removed:

Revived Games came public and said that "Active Shooter" is not intended to promote mass shootings. "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", they stated.

As the criticism piles up, Revived Games stated they will probably take the shooter's role out of the game before its release.

 

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