A school shooting video game depicts a real high school in British Columbia, Canada. The game allows the shooter to walk around a virtual replica of Port Moody Secondary School.
The video game has been highly criticized for being insensitive in the wake of recent incidents, particularly last December’s Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
The school shooting game was designed as a map for the popular Counter-Strike game series. The game allows users to create their own settings including those from real-life places.
In the game, a shooter walks around the secondary school. He or she uses various weapons to take out enemies in the school’s hallways, classrooms, and the campus’s rotunda. At times, the kills spatter the walls with blood.
Blogger Dave Teixeira criticized the shooting game, saying it “glamorizes and profits” from human suffering.
In his blog, Teixeira blamed Aarman Rahim, a Port Moody Secondary alumnus, of creating the map. He wrote:
“The game is being developed by the former President of the Port Moody Secondary School Chapter of Amnesty International, Aarman Rahim. Yes, the former president of a group whose goal is to ease human suffering has decided to glamorize and profit from it.”
Rahim quickly denied the allegations, saying that he simply provided photography for another developer. Rahim released a statement regarding the school shooting video game allegations, saying:
“Firstly, I am not the developer of this game nor is this ‘glamorized’ or gaining me any ‘profit.’ Secondly, there are no students being killed. The gameplay is the same as all counter strike games, where you have two teams fighting against each other, much like most other shooters which use public settings as game environments.”
The video game’s actual developer also wrote that the game was already in motion when the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut happened. Port Moody Secondary School was used as a setting for the game because of its architecture and design. It was also a familiar setting.
Rahim added that he in no way condones school violence. As a precaution, Port Moody police interviewed the game’s developer, who has not been named. Police also assured that “he does not pose a danger to the staff or students at Port Moody Secondary.”
The developer also stated that the school shooting game has not been released to the public, as it is still under development.