Steam store school-shooting game 'appalling'


A "school-shooting simulator" video game has been described as "appalling" by an anti-gun violence charity.

According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players "slaughter as many civilians as possible" in a school environment.

Charity Infer Trust called on Valve - the company behind the Steam games store - to take the title down before it goes on sale, on 6 June.

Valve has not responded to the BBC's request for comment.

The game has been posted on the Steam store by an independent developer previously accused of selling "asset-flipped" games.

Asset-flipping is taking third-party game engines and graphics and repackaging them for sale with minimal alteration or development.

The school-shooting game is described as "realistic" and "impressive". And the developer has suggested it will include 3D models of children to shoot at.

However, the creator also says: "Please do not take any of this seriously.

"This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else."

A spokeswoman for Infer Trust said: "It's in very bad taste. There have been 22 school shootings in the US since the beginning of this year. Read more here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/technology-44230875

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