Twenty-one-year-old game developer Anton Makarebskiy from Russia created Active Shooter. It allows players to act as the active shooter terrorizing a school or a SWAT member responding to the attack. With options for guns, grenades, and knives and a log that keeps track of the player’s death toll, Active Shooter hits too close to home for many, resulting in online activism geared toward blocking its release. This game received so much backlash in the U.S. that it was removed from the original game platform Steam. Unfortunately, the game’s entity Acid Software has created two websites to host the game themselves.
Because of today’s serious and growing issues with public shootings in the USA, Active Shooter isn’t an appropriate game for preteens. Violence seems to be a given in most popular video games today, but acting out a realistic school shooting is repulsive, definitely not honoring to God, and insensitive to those who’ve experienced that kind of terrorizing situation in their communities. We recommend you advocate for your preteens by strongly discouraging them from taking part in playing Active Shooter. If the game comes up, use it as a teachable moment to talk about choices God wants us to make.
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