A new computer game is upsetting parents by recreating USA school shootings for entertainment - putting the player in the role of a mass murderer.
Responding to some of the criticism, Acid said in a blog post last week that its game "does not promote any sort of violence, especially any [sort] of a mass shooting".
"Only in "Active Shooter", you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T. team member or actual shooter".
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".
Using a first-person perspective, similar to shooters such as Call of Duty, Doom and Counter-Strike, the game looks to be entirely set within a school. Per the game's Steam page, players can take the role of a "good guy or the bad guy".
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First, we must ensure we have a clear understanding with South Korea as well as Japan about our collective diplomatic redlines. The US has a large military presence in South Korea and in Japan - both of which North Korea would expect to be scaled down.
And it's not the first time the developers of this game have made games with attention grabbing titles. Screenshots released by the developer and seemingly taken from the perspective of the shooter show swat team officers and students being gunned down in various locations including a gymnasium, corridors and canteen. "I mean definitely don't let your children play this game", Dan Thompson and Luke Wood, tech and gaming experts, said.
Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, who was also killed, said that "sick people" were behind the game's creation and release and that these kinds of games would desensitise young people to the tragedy that befell his daughter.
Any developer can list their game on the Steam marketplace for a $100 fee.
Robinett said with what's going on in the world today, the game just crosses the line. "We're appalled that the game is being marketed", the spokesperson said.
Despite multiple studies disproving the link between video games and real-life violence, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was quick to point the finger in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting. "Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian".
But Petty sees it differently and has already contacted the game store's parent company, Valve Corp. 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.