School Massacre Video Game Pulled from Web Site

The Web site hosting a controversial video game has removed the game from the site. The object of the game is to kill unarmed students on a school campus. 

ModDB, original host of the game, has pulled “School Shooter: North American Tour 2012” due to bad publicity, reports the gaming Web site Kotaku.com.

In the game, players use weapons modeled after those used in the shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, among others, Fox News reports. The game’s creator, who goes by the pseudonym Pawnstick, said he hoped the game will prevent school shootings by satisfying violent urges in its players.

According to the Checkerboard Studios Web site, players can commit suicide in the game at the end of their shooting spree. The voices of developers providing commentary will be masked to prevent potential backlash, according to the game description.

Writer Greg Tito, in an article from The Escapist in which he interviews Pawnstick, calls the game “morally reprehensible” and states that it is step backward for the gaming industry.

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