A Seattle-area company has removed a school shooting video game off of its online platform following widespread backlash. "This developer and publisher - in fact, people who call themselves ATA Berdyev (Ata Berdiyev), which last fall already blocked when he acted on behalf of the [bc] Interactive and Elusive Team", - said the representative Valve site Kotaku.
According to the outlet, "Steam's owner, Valve, said it had dropped the game because its developer had a history of bad behavior". In fact, the dev had been previously banned from the platform in Autumn 2017, while operating under a different name.
The first-person shooter allowed users to assume the role of a SWAT member trying to prevent the shooting, a civilian trying to escape, or the actual shooter.
An online petition by the activist group Change.org urging the game distributor not to launch the game drew almost 200,000 signatures.
The game was listed as being developed by a Russian outfit known as "Acid", though the validity of such a company was later rebuked by Valve, the company behind Steam.
However, this wouldn't have come to light had Active Shooter not gained so much attention from the media. "Active Shooter" immediately reminded Robinette of the recent school shootings in Parkland, FL and Santa Fe, TX. The issues related to the controversial Steam game, however, do not end with its removal from Valve's online distribution platform.
"The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon", Valve describes moving forward from the debacle.
But Markey said his research does not mean that he condones games such as "Active Shooter", which he condemned as "extremely objectionable" and clearly created to stir controversy.
He also encouraged parents to talk to their children about the games they play, and to review if the games they have downloaded are age appropriate. One video of the game showed the shooter killing civilians.
"First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting", said publisher Acid in response to the criticism against Active 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.