Valves Active Shooter Removed From Steam
Valve has taken the decision to remove the game Active Shooter from its Steam platform. The game allowed players to play through school shooting scenarios either as a civilian, the shooter or the police. As widely reported, the game originally started out as a SWAT team simulator, but recent updates added the ability to play the game as the shooter, with an on-screen counter tallying how many police and civilians you'd managed to kill. "We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam," Valve said in a statement to The Guardian.
Valve continued that the developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who operated as "Elusive Team" and "[bc]Interactive." While those names might not sound familiar, one of the latter's games should: Piccled Ricc. That title was removed from Steam last fall for other legal reasons; it was an extremely thinly veiled copyright violation based on Rick and Morty. The developer was also responsible for Fidget Spinner Simulator 2.
All that to say, Active Shooter's alleged developer has a history of making crass tie-ins that attempt to capture the zeitgeist, regardless of subject matter. This time, critics say he crossed the line of good taste, going beyond cheap shovelware and trying to capitalize on tragedy.
Active Shooter was originally scheduled for a June 6th release, but Valve has promised that's not going to happen.
"[Developer] Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material and user review manipulation," Valve told the BBC. Valve said it discovered who the developer was while "investigating the controversy surrounding" Shooter.
"We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve," the game-seller said. Now Valve finds itself in a position of explaining how this game is different from the likes of Hatred and others that glorify dark, headline-grabbing violence yet remain for sale on Steam.
So the question has to be asked really... Where does it go from being fantasy and pure made up entertainment, over to offensive and beyond the realms of being published? In fact I'm sure many would probably ask if it is this type of game that fuels such real life tragedy and gives other games of the genre a bad reputation. After all, many of us know the difference between real life and a video game and know that what we do in a video game most definitely should not cross over into real life. But it doesn't take much to join the dots and realise that some people clearly don't have the rationale to make that connection. I mean lets take Fast and Furious the movie and all of those lovely street racing games... How many people try to pimp up their cars and try to make them look shiny and powerful to replicate what they have seen and played... Sure we thankfully aren't seeing many living out Grand Theft Auto in the real world, but it does make you think that a few people most likely do think they are top dog and can do what they want out there on the roads... It poses the question... Where does the line between reality and fantasy blur and how suseptable are weak minded folks to such things. Oh such a can of worms...