Developer Checkerboarded Studios latest project (a source engine mod) is the amply disturbing School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. In this game you play as a problematic child who is suffering from unknown problems and finally snaps within a school. The controllable child will then bring firearms to school and have the mission of killing as many children, teachers, and staff before the authorities arrive. You then decide whether or not to commit suicide. It has been said that the game will have an eerie comparison to the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings.
The Escapist Magazine had the chance to talk with Checkerboarded Studios and this is what they had to say.
“Some of the ideas stemmed from the fact that nobody has ever tried to create a proper game about a school shooting. This is to say, something intended to be “entertainment,” rather than going for pure shock value or thought-provocation.”
A lot of people should know I am 100% in favor of video game developers creating what they want, without retaliation, because they simply can. Plus, those developers that live in the U.S. are protected by the 1st amendment. However, I believe developers should make games they way they want…when they are truly inspired to make a game because they want people to enjoy it or simply make money. I’m sorry to say that this “experience” just seems like its being made for shock value and attention. In other words, Checkerboarded Studios is mostly doing this simply as a PR Stunt.