'Active Shooter' sparked outrage when people across the country found out about this school shooting simulation game created by a Russian developer.
A highly controversial video game that simulates a school shooting will not be released.
'Active Shooter' sparked outrage when people across the country found out about this school shooting simulation game created by a Russian developer. It was scheduled to be released on June 6.
More than 180,000 people signed an online petition to stop production and the company hosting the game, Valve Corp., pulled it from its site. Valve Corp. runs the site Steam, where developers can distribute games they create.
The game simulates a mass school shooting. Players could be on a SWAT Team and take down a shooter, or play the role of the gunman with points for taking down cops and civilians. With multiple school shootings in recent months, this game had parents outraged.
Dr. Scott Anderson, pediatric clinical psychologist at Rochester Regional Health, says there are multiple reasons why parents should be concerned about games like this.
"There is some research that shows that there are some associations with exposure to violent media, and the development of aggressive tendencies, thoughts or just being angry," Dr. Anderson says. "My concern as a psychologist and a parent is that we really don't know what we're doing to kids when we put things like this out."
Dr. Anderson also says games like this won't impact every kid the same way, and says parents should use their discretion on whether or not to allow violent video games in their homes.
News10NBC reached out to the developer of the game, Ata Berdiyev, for comment and we did not hear back.
Valve Corp. released following statement after pulling the game:
"We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam. This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as "Interactive" and "Elusive Team". Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve. The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon."