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Old 03-23-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Metro Vancouver school is backdrop for violent video game (Counter Strike)

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The use of a digital reproduction of a Vancouver-area high school as the backdrop for a violent first-person shooter video game has alarmed school administrators and teachers in Port Moody, B.C.

The digital reproduction of Port Moody Secondary School was designed for Counter-Strike, a video game in which players use automatic assault rifles to shoot at enemy forces.

Counter-Strike allows users to customize the game by designing their own scenarios or scenes called "maps" to share with others.

The controversy was sparked after a video of the game using the digital reproduction of the high school was posted on YouTube.

In the game video the shooter wanders around the school shooting military opponents, but no students or teachers appear in the video.

Former student helped develop scenario
One young man, who claimed to be involved in the creation of the game map, said he believed gamers were "sufficiently mature to realize that the degree of freedom allotted to you in the virtual realm do not extend to your rights in reality."

His comments were published on his website, where he also responded to many of CBC's questions.

The man refused to identify himself and speak on the record with CBC, but online he referred to himself as an alumnus of Port Moody Secondary School.

"Let us start by saying Port Moody Secondary is a great school," he wrote. "Rest assured there is no malicious intent behind this production to any actual school property, nor any actual persons associated with the school.

"Additionally, people should realize this is simply a game. No physical harm comes from it. Guns in reality are generally lethal weapons. Guns in a videogame can't hurt anyone."

He continued: "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."

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On Thursday night, several Port Moody residents told CBC News they were outraged and upset, especially in light of recent incidents of gun violence in schools.

Alex Devlin, a physical education teacher at Port Moody Secondary, said he was shocked when he saw the map of the school online.

"I love that school," Devlin told CBC News. "We have amazing students, we have a wonderful caring staff.

"The distinguishing thing about our school is the rainbow-coloured lockers … it makes you feel good. And to see that violence that same senseless violence in our hallway, our rainbow-coloured hallway, it was devastating."

Port Moody Police say they were notified about the video by school officials and interviewed those responsible.

"Although the creation of such a video game is likely ill-conceived in the current climate, it does not constitute an offence," a statement released by the Port Moody Police Department on Friday morning said.

"Investigators from the Port Moody Police Department have
I admire the kid's skill and the time he spent to make the map.

Would you play a CS map if it was based out of your school, office, or home??
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Media has waaaaay too much time on their hands. How many tens of thousands of custom maps are out there for CS? A few friends and I back in the day recreated a portion of our neighbourhood just for the hell of it. There was no malicious intent behind creating it. We had always wanted to play a giant round of paintball around our houses, but this was the next best thing. It's not like we wanted to shoot up our neighbour's houses or anything.

Yes, school shootings are a terrible thing. But that's reality; this is simply a video game based around a familiar setting.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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lol, rainbow lockers make you feel good.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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LOL the media.. "omg so shocking"!!! kids in elementary school play CS. -.- LOL I've always wanted a CS map of my HS
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Maybe this will land him a job with a game developer.
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lol my old high school.
Looks exactly the same, srs. Would play for sure.

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LOL the media.. "omg so shocking"!!! kids in elementary school play CS. -.- LOL I've always wanted a CS map of my HS
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Would play for sure. I don't see anything wrong in this.. just because some students play a map like this, it doesn't mean they are going to go around and shoot people.

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I would seriously pay somebody to make a CS map of my old high school/elementary/old neighborhood. Media is over reacting. But I can see why the older generation are insulted by this.
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I think any guy who's ever been addicted to an FPS game and/or paintballing would ultimately want to take that game to a familiar environment

hell, I'd be beastmode if I could have a paintball match at my workplace
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I always wanted a metrotown map.
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get ready for a bunch of kids walking around with knives in their hands to walk faster to their classes!
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Nice looking school. The school name being displayed might be an issue, but who gives a flying saucer about the fact it's a local school. Someone mentioned Metrotown. I've always wanted to rip up that place......... not in real life, of course, and not people, just those kiosks and the McDonalds, LOL. Food court would be kind of fun. Someone should come up with a game that allows you to blow up places instead of kill people....... mwahahahaha. j/k
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Holy shit, in grade 12, my friends and I did tried the same exact thing for our high school but it was so god damn hard to get all the measurements right so we gave up.
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So sick, I hate the media for spinning this out of proportion.
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The only thing is that its a custom map that likely only be played by a handful of players (locally). I don't understand why they're all in arms...

Not like its gonna turn into a fy_pool_day or a fy_buzkill
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Funny cause if both the media and the school stayed out of it, nobody but the players (who wouldn't think anything about it) would know.

Now, its an idea put in everybody's face.
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