Shocker: Counter-Strike Map Based On School Causes Outrage

Last month, one Counter-Strike fan got in trouble for putting a Montreal metro station in multiplayer map form. Recently, something quite similar has happened.

Last week, CBC News reported on locals' reactions to a Counter-Strike map featuring Port Moody Secondary School of Port Moody, British Columbia. People first became aware of the map when a video showing it in action was uploaded to YouTube.

"We have rainbow-coloured lockers, and it's our field of dreams... and then to watch the video game, and see people shooting up our field of dreams, it was just so disturbing," Alex Devlin, a teacher at Port Moody Secondary School, told CBC News. "I believe it's just a game, it's not reality... but a lot of kids don't live in reality, right," another local said.

Since then, a website has been created by the map's creators in response to the large amount of criticism aimed at the map (and them). In its FAQ, they explain that they did not choose Port Moody Secondary for malicious reasons:

The map was this because it's architecture and design is rather ideal for the game's tactics. Furthermore, this is a location we are quite familiar with already. Additionally, supporters and fellow alumni are also likely familiar with this location, which makes it an ideal common ground for this game and its intended audience.

The Port Moody Police Department had also been contacted, and after conducting an investigation, they released this statement:

Although the creation of such a video game is likely ill-conceived in the current climate, it does not constitute an offence. Investigators from the Port Moody Police Department have interviewed the developer of this game and have concluded that he does not pose a danger to the staff or students of Port Moody Secondary.

Remember, folks: violent games can be a risk factor, but, by themselves, they don't make you violent. Especially when the game in question is Counter-Strike on a barebones multiplayer map of a school, which has zero teachers and students to kill.

Metro Vancouver school is backdrop for violent video game [CBC News]


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    I'd love to make a map of my old high school! it would be awesome! My old man used to run a Laser Skirmish Business when i was a teenager and we sought permission to use the school grounds after hours. imagine 20 of us running around having a blast, who'd need Counter-Strike lol. Even though the business needed to have public liability insurance or what ever it is to cover injury or whatever, we were still not allowed to use the school grounds :( for some legal reason.

    I think you would be hard pressed to find a game designer that never made a game with their school in it. The age you really start messing around with that sort of thing is around 14 to 18 and your naturally going to take inspiration from your surroundings, so that either your school or your house.

    In 1998 I made a game where one player dropped bombs through my school and another player had to run around picking the bombs up before they exploded. I never wanted to blow up my school but if their was a bomb at school I'm sure I would not be running to defuse it.

    I tried to make a CS map of my school back in the long, long ago. I didn't want to blow it up or anything, it just seemed like a cool idea. SIGH.

      Same here. I'm also the type of person that has no intention or desire to ever fire a gun, or hurt people for that matter, in real life. It's only a game and a creative kid exercising their creativity.

      It's good to hear their police department were smart enough to not jump to any conclusions.

        Well, they are Canadians. They're not known for hysteria, unlike their cousins South of the border...

          Good point! Funny, true and sad - all at the same time.

    When I was in high school, some of my mates began working on a quake map of our school. The goal was mostly just to familiarise themselves with the toolset, and they picked the school because it was the one location they were all very familiar with. The IT staff knew about it, and provided access to computers at lunch time. They also installed quake. Although I played quake with the guys, I wasn't directly involved in the map project because I didn't have a decent computer at home. Good times.

    Then Columbine happened.

    Next thing I know, I'm being interviewed by the police (with the principal present). Things were further complicated by the fact that, coming from a farming community, some of us did have access to rifles. Ultimately we were able to convince them we were doing similar exercises in non-violent games (and art class) and they eased off. Nonetheless, a few of the guys unfairly developed reputations as 'psychos' afterwards.

      My buddies and I did the same thing, only with Doom and Duke 3D (I think I might be only a few years older than you Thom. :p) and for the same reasons: It was a familiar setting, lots of alleyways and buildings to run around and so on. It was never something we did at school (our head of IT was an Apple Fundamentalist fanboi, so, no games) so we made the maps at home and they spread amongst our friends. It wasn't until after Columbine that we thought the Quake version might be seen as odd, or in poor taste, so we never completed it. From our point of view, it was purely about setting. We made levels based around the train station and casino in Adelaide (our home), of a mate's street and a couple of others because the settings were what intrigued us. This was our teenaged (and modern day equivalent) of playing chasey.

    We made a replica map of our TAFE/University. Friend and I decided it best not to release it publicly on the off chance it'd be taken the wrong way.

    The only thing I would suggest is use said buildings to base a map off, but don't replicate it so well it is that building. Particularly schools where it can be seen as a gateway for simple minds to play out their sick fantasies.

    The media fails to realise that in a warzone, it is entirely possible that battle for territory can take place in any setting - including a school.

    Context please, Mr media.

    If the map took place while school was in session. Then we would have an actual problem.

    This is just the typical fear prompting, of what really amounts too, someone with a pot on their head clanging two saucepan lids together. While marching in a circle.

    In year 12 my friend Jim made our senior area of high school into a action quake map and later a CS map. It was AWESOME! Running in and out of our class rooms.

    naww wah. My school was used as a layout, then they filled it with the actual stuff.

    you can't murder kids
    or teachers
    or trash the place (excluding combat damage)
    stop fucking whining you nanny state pieces of trash

    but a lot of kids don’t live in reality, right,
    Uhh, if this is the case, I think there might be some bigger issues here...

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