‘Active shooter’ video game prompts outrage in the wake of mass shootings


“Active Shooter,” a video game that allows players to simulate a school shooting prompted outrage in the wake of multiple mass shootings in American schools.

The game is set to be released on June 6 and will be available on Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve. Players get the option to either a SWAT team member or the shooter during the simulation of a shooting in a school environment.

“Choose your role, gear up and fight or destroy!” the game description on the website says.

“Only in ‘Active Shooter’, you will be able to choose the role of an Elite S. W. A. T team member or the actual shooter,” the website reads. “Depending on the role, your purpose could be to protect and retrieve, or hunt down and destroy.”

The developer on the game’s Steam page: “please do not take this seriously”, but that is unlikely to mollify critics.

A makeshift memorial left in the memory of the victims killed in a shooting rampage in Santa Fe High School, is pictured in the center of Santa Fe, Texas, May 24, 2018.


The players are given “game statistics” where they can see how many citizens and policemen were killed.

The game has been criticized as it comes shortly after the 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered Santa Fe High School in Texas, 10 dead and injuring 10 others.

Derived from Trust, an anti-gun violence organization, told the BBC the game is “in very bad taste” given the fact that there were 22 school shootings in the US since the beginning of this year.

“It’s horrible. Why would someone think it a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the death of so many children? We are shocked that the game is on the market,” the spokesman said.

After the shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Lt. Gov. Then Patrick has to blame the makers of violent games and movies for promoting a violent culture, where we already have a devaluation of life.”

Hey, we should talk. In NO WAY, OR REASON, is this game acceptable to release or even make. Not only is this offensive, hurtful and disgusting, but it is also crap Steam let this on the market. There is a way to deal with tricky issues and this is not.

— Sheena Perez (@AMGSheena) 23 May 2018

Patrick said in a Texas Tribune report that a government-funded incentive program that is intended to be the attraction of film, television, and video game creators to Texas should not allow that certain projects, or he would have to withdraw his support for the initiative.

Steam said in a statement on its website that the game “is not conducive to any form of violence, notably a kind of a mass shooting,” and refers back to the term “dynamic SWAT-stimulator.”

But, taking into account a “high amount of critics and hated,” the developer “is probably the removal of the shooter role.” However, this does not change the school.

Valve not immediately return a Fox News request for comment.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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