‘Active Shooter’ video game is pulled after backlash from shooting survivors

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The game, titled Active Shooter, was scheduled for a June 6 release date on Steam, an online video game retailer, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, called the game "despicable" and asked for people to petition against Valve.

"His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title", Valve's statement added. One this is clear, however, and that is Valve refusing "to do business with people who act like this towards customers". Still, the company's statement didn't exactly inspire trust. As Variety reported, Steam has a program that allows anyone to release a video game for a $100 fee, but that it does have guidelines in place forbidding hate speech, pornography and "adult content that's not appropriately labeled".

"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", the game developer said.

An online petition by the activist group Change.org urging the game distributor not to launch the game drew almost 200,000 signatures.

Other Revived Games titles are also no longer available on Steam, including Tyde Pod Challenge and White Power: Pure Voltage. HATRED drew similar criticism at the time because of its extreme violent content-players could take on the role of a serial killer and kill innocent civilians.

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Not everyone seems to share Siefe's concern or sense of outrage over "Active Shooter".

Valve has a reputation for its loose moderation of comments and games on the Steam platform, which was first launched in 2003. According to the developer, adding the school shooter role was a natural progression of development.

Valve has pulled games from Steam before - some because they were not original creations.

In response to the outcry over the game, publisher Acid published a response on the game's Steam page, saying "this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft (sic) of a mass shooting".

A trailer for the game showed a school shooter stalking the corridors with automatic weapons, a knife and grenades with an on-screen tally of how may "Civs" or "Cops" had been killed.

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