Listen Now: Video Game Violence
A video game maker is facing serious backlash for a game many people say is just far too real.
Originally scheduled to be released June 6th, the game in question is called “Active Shooter” and was created by a group called Revived Games. It allows users to watch as a gunman walks the halls of a school, breaking into classrooms.
The description of the game reads “only in Active Shooter you will be able to pick the role of an elite swat member or the actual shooter.” When an article about the game was published, survivors of school shootings and loved ones of victims demanded production be stopped.
In response, the gaming platform Steam, which will sell the product, says the game does not promote violence and is meant to be a swat simulator, in which dynamic roles are offered to players. But the explanation is apparently not enough.
There is now a Change.org petition calling on distributors to take the game down, with a goal of gathering 150,000 signatures, and sending a powerful message to developers.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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