A controversial new online game has popped up.
It’s called Main Street Massacre (warning: game contains foul language). “Mack” the construction worker is stuck on the SkyTrain ride from hell, goes ballistic and takes it out on his fellow riders with an automatic weapon.
The goal is to kill as many people as possible — many of whom are holding tablets — on the station platform and the stairwell. Then you shoot up fare gates and ticket boxes.
SkyTrain has had a tough summer, with two system wide meltdowns and other smaller shutdowns. It let people ride for free on BC Day, but that partially backfired when larger than expected crowds came out.
Commuters at Main Street SkyTrain station Wednesday morning had mixed feelings about the game.
“I think it’s a very poor idea. I’m very alarmed at the increase in violence in video games,” says one rider.
“I think, if people want to play a game about killing their fellow Vancouverites, then, that’s their business. I don’t know if that will actually affect their mind to be swayed in a violent way,” says another.
Another commuter had this to say: “I would play that game right now. I mean, the SkyTrain causes everybody headaches every day of the week, so you know, I could take my frustration out on some SkyTrain workers, some innocent citizens walking by. Yeah, I’d play it right now, sign me up.”
Translink is appealing to the news media, asking them to stop “promoting a video that appears to advocate violent behaviour against SkyTrain employees and passengers.”
Transit Police say they’re reviewing the video to see if any police-related issues come to light.