School shooting game removed online after negative response

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 5:58 PM CDT
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A school shooting game set to release online next week has been removed by the corporation that owns the streaming website.

The demo for the game and information released says gamers were allowed to play in the role of a school shooter.

This new game has people wondering what the developer was thinking.

School shootings across the nation are sadly becoming more common, and a game like this to many is crossing the line.

The shooting game "Active Shooter" allows gamers to choose between playing the school shooter or a SWAT member.

Gamer Steven Nardello said, "To me, it's in poor taste."

Nardello, has been a gamer for as long as he can remember playing a wide variety of things.

He says this pushes the envelope.

"There's some video games out there that portray certain events or certain things that are violent but they do it in a matter where it’s a video game," said Nardello.

Some psychologist agree with this statement.

"Kids don't realize when they have a difficulty with understanding and disconnecting reality versus play that things are permanent and things can happen that make life changing effects on everybody," said clinical therapist Teresa Porter.

More than 200,000 people signed a petition to prevent the games launch.

Many like Nardello are happy the game has been pulled.

Nardello says he hopes this doesn't leave people with a sour taste about the video game industry.

He says the actions of one does not represent the entire community.