The makers of the violent video game Main St. Massacre are facing legal action from the operators of Metro Vancouver’s transit services.
TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is demanding the game be taken down immediately.
He says it is offensive because it displays the slaughter of innocent people and SkyTrain employees, but that’s not why a lawsuit is being threatened.
Jarvis says the game-makers don’t have permission to use Translink logos and front-line workers have complained about the ‘widely publicized gory images’ of a ‘disgruntled passenger venting his frustration with system delays by using an automatic weapon to murder staff and passengers.’
He says, ‘if someone made a video game like that about any other well-known provider of goods or services that touched so many
lives daily, be it City Hall, an airport, a library, or a hospital – I’m sure the employees of that company would feel the same way.’
Jarvis is also critical of the game’s creator for seeking out publicity ‘at the expense of real human beings.’