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Petition Demands Cancellation of School Mass Shooter Game

'Active Shooter' may allow users to play as a school shooter
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2018 5:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – More than 120,000 people so far have signed a petition calling for a game that simulates a mass shooting inside a school to be pulled from release. Active Shooter allows players to play as either the shooter or a SWAT responder and is due out June 6 on digital platform Steam, although after outcry erupted, its creator insisted in a blog post it is meant to be a "SWAT simulator" and said he might remove the ability to play as the shooter due to the controversy. Many have spoken out against the game, from politicians to activists to survivors of shootings in Parkland, Fla., and elsewhere, NBC News reports. Vox notes that a screenshot of the game shows that when playing as the shooter, stats are kept on the number of police officers killed as well as the number of civilians killed. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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