School shooting simulator met by outrage

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A soon-to-be-released video game that allows players to simulate shooting up a school has been met with outrage.

The game, named “Active Shooter,” is set to be released on June 6 on Steam, a PC gaming digital distribution platform run by Valve Corp. The game also allows users to play as police responding to a school shooting.

Commack native Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime in the Parkland shooting, urged people not to buy the game.

Avalon Fenster, a high school student from Dix Hills, told News 12 that romanticizing school shootings is “simply unacceptable.”

“I can't imagine the pain this is causing families who lost their children," said Fenster.

The game’s publisher ACID posted on the Steam webpage last week that “this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting.”

ACID describes the game as “essentially a dynamic SWAT simulator in which dynamic roles are offered to players.”

“I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release,” the publisher said.

An online petition to stop the PC game from being released has nearly 100,000 signatures.

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