Computer game allowing users to play as school shooter sparks outrage

A computer game company is planning to launch a game which allows users to play as a school shooter.

Valve, an entertainment software and technology company, are scheduled to launch the game, called Active Shooter, on June 6.

Users can choose to play as the shooter or as a member of the SWAT team.

Writing on the company's page on video game marketplace Steam, the information about the game reads:

Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy! Be the good guy or the bad guy. The choice is yours! Only in "Active Shooter", you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T team member or the actual shooter. Your objective would be either to neutralize the target (active shooter) or be the target himself. Depending on the role, your objective might be to protect and extract or hunt and destroy.

The planned launch of the game has been met with anger and criticism by many including parents of victim's of February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Fred Guttenberg's 14-year-old daughter Jaime was among those killed in the shooting on Valentine's Day. He took to Twitter to express his outrage.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson also condemned the game on social media.

A petition on asking Valve not to release the video game has received almost 76,000 signatures.

Valve have not commented on the backlash. However, in an update posted to the Steam page, the studio behind the game, Acid said: "Since this games storefront has been live, I have been stormed with accusations and heavy critics from people across the globe.

"While I see everyone's points of view and where are they coming from - I wanted to clarify a few things:

First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft of a mass shooting."

However, the statement also says that Acid have contacted Valve and "after receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release".

You can read the full statement here.

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