Remember when Grand Theft Auto was “the” anti-social game of note? Not anymore. Now you can get a high score shooting up a school.
Of course, you still get points for shooting cops, too.
Someone actually thought this was a good idea.
As a nation, we’re grappling with ways to make schools SAFER, not more dangerous. Having a video game where would-be copycats can ‘refine their technique’ in the safety of their own home seems to be taking us in the other direction entirely.
Here’s the description:
According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players “slaughter as many civilians as possible” in a school environment.
Charity Infer Trust called on Valve – the company behind the Steam games store – to take the title down before it goes on sale, on 6 June.
Valve has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment.
The game has been posted on the Steam store by an independent developer previously accused of selling “asset-flipped” games.
Asset-flipping is taking third-party game engines and graphics and repackaging them for sale with minimal alteration or development.
Watch the CBS Miami report:
So, even by developer standards, anyone doing ‘asset flipping‘ not exactly considered ‘ethical’ in the first place.
Is it any wonder they were ok with running this title?
Maybe they figured the shock would drive publicity and profits?
The creator did give out a Cover-your-ass statement.
However, the creator also says: “Please do not take any of this seriously.
“This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else.”
The tweets denouncing it are much like you might expect:
— Spanish Plans (@spanishplans) May 28, 2018
I was honestly just hoping Valve would catch this game before the media did to avoid round *whatever it is* in the fight between gamers and the “video games are Satan” crowd.
— A passing stranger (@TheKingOfWalrus) May 28, 2018
On tonight's episode of What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
— Bob Simandl (@BobSimandl) May 28, 2018
My concern is potential shooters will use this to improve & increase their death toll once they're ready to actually try it. I don't see success in lawsuits given the disclosure at the beginning. Obviously that doesn't make it right, but it's a legal CYA policy for Valve.
— Brandy Danette (@BookWorm2136) May 28, 2018
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