Half-Life 2 School Shooting Mod Yanked from ModDB
School Shooter: North American Mod 2012, the HL2 mod described by its creators as “the most realistic student slaughtering modification ever made,” has been pulled from ModDB, which had been hosting the thing. The mod had been stirring up some serious bad mojo for the site (even Jack Thompson got in on the fun with a “remove it or else” demand earlier this week, and despite their misgivings about removing it, they did take it down. Here’s part of the site’s morally troubled statement.
The challenge faced is we are currently receiving quite a bit of threatening mail as people believe we are the creators, supporters and makers of this content. I want to stress that this absolutely isn’t the case. We have never encouraged or made any content, we disagree with the mod but at the same time believe in freedom of speech and the unique ability modders and indie developers should have to create games (good-or-bad) about topics, issues and events considered risky or taboo.
There is also quite a bit of confusion from non-gaming press, who state that games like this are the reason why all bad things occur, spreading misinformation and fear. As a result of this confusion and hate, at the moment we feel the best course of action is to remove the mod. We don’t want the hard work of thousands of other mod developers to be threatened by people misunderstanding this one mod/game, and assuming all others are like it.
You could kind of call that “negotiating with terrorists,” but this is a hard issue and not one that can be boiled down to a single snarky sentence. Or maybe it can, but I can’t get it to work. I’m sorry, for I have failed you.