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Russian-Produced School Shooter Video Game Removed from Online Store

May 29, 2018

There’s so much in the title of this post that is shocking.

Russian-based company, Revived Games, developed a school-shooter video game called “Active Shooter,” which, according to Inverse.com, “lets players take on the role of a school shooter.”

The online seller of “Active Shooter,” a developer called Valve, which operates the online platform, Steam, has revoked the game, no doubt because of public outcry. The school shooter game was supposed to be released June 6th. Now it is nixed.

The fact that Valve agreed to make the game available in the first place shows how far online gaming will go to make a buck. However, based on its statement below, Valve will be taking the action further by “addressing its content policies soon.”

As Inverse.com notes, Buzzfeed included the following abhorrent description of the game:

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My first awareness of the school shooting game involved seeing this Change.org petition on Twitter on May 28, 2018. The author of the petition, Stephanie Robinett, posted the following message around 9 p.m. EST:

WE DID IT!

We received a statement from Valve Corportation that they have removed the game from their platform! This is great news and a reminder to us all that we CAN affect change by speaking up. If you see something– say something! Your voice matters. Thank you all for standing up for this!

Here is the statement from Valve:

“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 “[bc]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.”

We’re all in this together – standing side by side with those who have lost family and friends in school shootings. We have to do better! Sending love out to all of you!

-Stephanie

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“Active Shooter” screen shot. Notice the “game stats” include numbers of civilians and cops killed.

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Note the bodies on floor and against wall as a shell is ejected as gun continues to be fired.

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4 Comments
  1. Why go to war with a country when it’s far easier to fuel the flames of their self-destruction? Explains why the Russians fund XLV, NRA, GOP, and other Assheads.

  2. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    First person shooter games have been among the most popular for some time. This variant is really sick-0.

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