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We have removed the School Shooter mod from ModDB, read on for our explanation.

Posted by INtense! on Mar 19th, 2011

Allow me to begin this post by saying we believe in the freedom of speech, the right to share information and be creative. We have enjoyed watching mod developers push the boundaries for years and create amazing content, and shall always do this.

However, recently a mod on the site called School Shooter: North American Tour 2012 has been getting quite a bit of mainstream press due to the controversial nature of the content. It seems that people sit on two sides of the fence on this one. There are those that believe the makers of this mod should have the right to make whatever they want, while there are others that believe it is disgusting and crosses the line.

We sit on both sides, on one hand we find the content to be deliberately offensive and in poor taste, but on the other we also feel people should have the right to be creative and share what they want on a community / developer run site, and we shouldn't have the right to dictate what is/isn't allowed.

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.

Edit: We did contact the developers with no reply back in August 2010, chances are this would have ended differently if they had replied.

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Bob_Freeman2 Dec 21 2011, 7:35am says:

@Otter aye your right

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Prototype458 Dec 27 2011, 9:49pm says:

you know whats funny about this there are so many games that have maps with schools inside and they shoot in those schools so question why is the name school shooter not allowed is it because of the name school shooter that it isnt allowed or is it of the content that is kinda the same as any game out there if i was the person making this mod i would not care what other people would say about it either take it or leave it if they dont take it i place it somewhere else for people if they remove it wel im not the type that allows you to remove like stuff for practicly no reason so in most cases i wil reupload it until you accept it i would not care if i get banned or thrown into jail for some stupid reason yea its "school shooter" people wil try to do it in real life wel on that i have to say action shows blood every action game shows murders because a person plays a bloody murderes game doesnt mean they wil go nuts and attack everybody most times the people that play these games are the ones that wil never do it and the persons that dont are most likely murderers not saying everybody that dont play killing games are all murderers but you get my point and for some people killing games kinda helps calm them down worked sometimes for me not that i ever want to kill somebody but i would say complete the mod whatever the other people are saying about it if they dont want it its fine for me and the other players that wil play the mod

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Smoth Jan 11 2012, 6:24pm says:

FWIW, I think you guys made the right decision.

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K00PD4WG Oct 10 2012, 8:50pm says:

Somedays I wish the mainstream community could take these jokes less seriously...

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