Steam pulls ‘school shooter’ game from its store

Steam pulls 'school shooter game from its store

This is a follow-up to my post about the most recent ‘school shooting’ video game which I posted here. If you haven’t read it yet, I ask that you please read that first before continuing.

Over the holiday weekend, there was a slew of news articles about the parents of school shooting victims who were outraged over the game. I was all ready to write a post asking them to just ignore the game. I understand that it’s a slow news weekend and the media is shoving microphones in your face looking for a sound bite. I also understand that you’ve endured a pain that only a few but increasing number of people understand and your outrage is understandable.

However, that post was rendered null and void after the video game platform Steam removed the game from its store. That does allow me to talk about the game by name since I doubt the so-called developer will be making any money from the world’s largest online distributor of PC games. The game was called Active Shooter and Steam has pulled the game from its store not due to any outside pressure, or so they say, but because the developer was a known troll who had been banned from the platform previously.

Steam said in a statement that the creator of the game that simulates a school shooting had previously been banned from the popular platform but changed the name of his business to return to selling games. The company called the game’s creator a “troll with a history of customer abuse.”

That developer has published other controversial games called “Tide Pod Challenge” and “White Power Pure Voltage.”

As an aside, I looked at the Steam page of White Power Pure Voltage and it wasn’t a game about anything racist. It seems that only the name was designed to court controversy, but I digress.

My point is, we’re at a time where video games can be made by just about anyone. They’re no longer the sole domain of giant game companies. So when one of these games comes out that’s designed by a basement-dwelling edgelord, the best thing to do is ignore it and it will wither on the vine. I realize the media is constantly throwing controversy in our faces, but as a society, we need to reserve our outrage for more serious matters. If we’re outraged at everything then we’re actually outraged at nothing.

By the way, Hatred is still available on Steam.

Is a new site trying to take Backpage’s place?

Is a new site trying to take Backpage's place?

Recently, one of New York’s less than trustworthy and more opinionated newspapers ran an article claiming online sex trafficking hasn’t changed since the federal seizure of Backpage. The article claims an ‘unnamed source’ within the NYPD is saying there has been no slow down since Backpage was shuttered. This newspaper seems to be one of the outlets that believe the ‘consenting adult’ myth, as they quote a john who said prostitution should be legal since gambling and marijuana are legal in some places. The problem with that analogy is weed and casino chips aren’t being repeatedly sold against their will.

However, the article then goes on to not only mention a new website but also links to the new site as well, supposedly the sleazy heir apparent to Backpage. I’m not going to link to the article, the website, or mention the website by name, but the site looks like it’s trying to copy Backpage even right down to the CSS. The ads on this new site seem to be even more blatant than the usually coded ads that appeared on Backpage. This new site also has the usual disclaimer that ads related to human trafficking will not be tolerated, asking ad posters to click on a button that says ‘I agree’. They’re even trying to be more shifty than Backpage was. In my research, I was unable to find any information regarding who owns the new platform. Their social media presence is almost non-existent, however, I was able to find some information that the site does business in Texas, although reports say the website itself is allegedly hosted in Canada.

While the New York tabloids may be decrying online sex trafficking has continued unabated since the closure of Backpage, it’s still too early to really tell. It’s only been less than two months since Backpage was seized so it’s still too early to say it’s business as usual. At its height, Backpage was responsible for 80% of all online sex trafficking in the US by most reports and had the financial backing of a media company. In today’s post-FOSTA world, it will be almost impossible for a website to be as lucrative as Backpage was at its zenith.

The online sex trafficking trade has been severely splintered. While it may continue to exist, it will never be at the level it was when Backpage was running things. This is a good thing despite protests to the contrary, as it causes fewer victims to be trafficked against their will. While the fight against online human trafficking is a constant battle, there will be fewer casualties in the future.

Can we unclench over ‘school shooting video games’?

Can we unclench over 'school shooting video games'?

So there’s this video game coming out next month that has the media and various other pearl clutchers up in arms. It was announced shortly after the recent school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas and it’s being referred to as a ‘school shooting game’. I’m not going to link to the game or any articles about it or mention it by name because it doesn’t even deserve the attention it’s getting. The game is centered around a mass shooting. Supposedly, you can play as a member of a police SWAT team responding to the shooting, or, of course, you can play as the shooter. Distasteful? Yeah, pretty much, but as a society, we need to stop being so sensitive about things like this without knowing the facts.

First off, it’s been over 40 years since video games have been able to be played at home and still there are too many people who think video games are just for kids. Video games have been made for both kids and adults for over 20 years now. Having said that this is not a game that is going to be released by a major publisher where it will be on every store shelf waiting to be played on your kid’s Nintendo Switch. As far as I can tell the game is being made by one man and is only being released on Steam for the PC. This is the equivalent of some nobody making a controversial YouTube video in their basement and everyone else reacting to it like it was a major motion picture.

The creator of the game claims he’s not trying to cash in on a tragedy, but we’ve heard that story before. There have been several instances in the past where after a major school shooting some attention seeking troll tries to get everyone riled up by making a game based on the shooting. They either claim it’s art or they’re making some grandiose political statement when in reality it’s more like sophomoric mass murderer fan fiction. The only difference being is the killer doesn’t have some kind of weird fetish sex with the game’s developer.

As for the people who might get a sick thrill out of this game, they’re already lost to us, but they are a very small minority of gamers. This or any game isn’t going to turn your kid into a school shooter. However, if I had a kid of school age, I would not let them play this game. Since it’s only available on Steam it will require a credit card or PayPal to be purchased. If you allow your young children to run amok online with any of these forms of payment then the real problem is you.

When games like this come out what we should do is ignore them. Media outrage and social media conniptions are exactly what these Philistines are actually after.

With school shootings, nothing ever changes

With school shootings, nothing ever changes.

I’m so very tired.

I’ll eventually get around to writing about the two school shootings that happened last week, but first I need to get a few things off my chest.

While many people have become desensitized to school shootings over the past couple of decades, this past year I’ve become overly sensitive to them. Each time another one happens my anxiety kicks in and that makes me withdraw into my cocoon of frustration. I push my keyboard away knowing that I’m going to write the same damn thing I’ve been writing for the past 18 years. I’m so tired of repeating myself yet it’s the same old bullshit time after time.

After every shooting, people keep blaming the same old things that have nothing to do with the shooting themselves. People blame everything from video games to heavy metal to gun free zones to antidepressants to bullying, or whatever their ideological paranoia tells them it is. In my opinion, they’re all missing the real point.

While Columbine wasn’t the first school shooting, it was the first one that really captured the attention of the public due to the fact that not only were the cable news networks all over it but the internet, as primitive as it was, was in full effect.

Columbine was a perfect storm of failure. The neglect of parents and police oversights allowed 13 innocent people to be ruthlessly murdered on April 20th, 1999. While I realize hindsight is 20/20, I am still of the belief that Columbine should have never happened. However, since it did, Columbine has been the catalyst for every school shooting since. Even shooters who weren’t born when Columbine happened are influenced by the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

The majority of these shooters all had journals that were either similar in nature to Harris’ or directly copied from them. They make videos of themselves firing guns or detonating explosives much like the Columbine cowards did. The shooters hang around in internet communities that praise the actions of whoever the latest coward is going all the way back to Columbine and in these communities, they continue to propagate the falsehoods that arose from erroneous reporting at the time of Columbine, like the shooters were bullied, which they weren’t. The shooters almost always display some type of erratic behavior that reveals their fondness for violence. Then after the shooting happens while families bury their dead someone always says ‘The signs were there.’

If there’s anything to blame for school shootings, it starts with Columbine. Every school shooting since then has been a copycat. Another thing to blame would be failures in parenting, whether it was a lack of oversight, wanting to be friends rather than parents, or even supplying the kids with the firepower they needed to commit mass murder. Let’s also not forget the parents who refuse to believe there’s anything wrong with their child. Whether it’s discipline problems or mental health issues, too many parents are too quick to look the other way as if admitting their child had a problem was some kind of bad reflection on the parents. What would the neighbors think?

Until we start disciplining these kids in the right way, getting them the psychiatric help they need, and severely limiting their access to guns, the cycle will just continue.

Ocala school shooter is a lying sack of crap

Ocala school shooter is a lying sack of crap

From the movie Desperado

I originally posted about the Forest High School shooting in Ocala, Florida here. To recap, 19-year-old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun inside a guitar case into his former high school, firing a round into a classroom on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th. Bloodshed was minor as a student was struck in the ankle with minor injuries. At the time of my first post, I said I wouldn’t be opposed to Bouche being sentenced to a mental health facility since he seemed remorseful, surrendered without incident, and supposedly said the date had nothing to do with the shooting. I now take it all back.

After his arrest, Bouche was said to have told police the shooting was a cry for help because of an allegedly tough home life. However, a week after his arrest, it became known that Bouche is a columbiner, or for the uninitiated a fan of Columbine and other school shootings. According to a local news report, Bouche would watch videos about Columbine on YouTube and would leave disparaging comments announcing his future plans.

“I’m thinking about doing my school the same way. I have enough guns and ammo. I have been planning for months, but not sure when to do it,” Bouche allegedly said in the video’s comments section. “Everybody will know my name.”

No, they won’t. Outside of this website and the Ocala area, your name will be quickly forgotten. Instead of being a copycat who will never be remembered, would-be school shooters should try to do something else to try to gain notoriety that doesn’t involve violence. Try music, writing, making movies, or game design. If you’re good at something like that you’ll end up being way more famous than some coward with a gun.

It Wasn’t Him, but will the WM3 faithful believe it?

It Wasn't Him, but will the WM3 faithful believe it

Damien Echols (It was presented in documentary format so it must be true.)

There are three famous killers from history who I believe will never be identified. They are Jack The Ripper, The Zodiac Killer, and the Black Dahlia murderer. Every time someone comes out with a new crackpot theory about who one of these killers was, I just roll my eyes and go on about my business. However, this time, I just couldn’t resist.

John A. Cameron is a 50-something retired police detective from Great Falls, Montana. In 2014 he published a book entitled “It’s Me: Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of.” In his book, Cameron discusses his theories of how charismatic killer Ed Edwards committed not only the crimes he confessed to and was convicted of but also a multitude of murders Cameron believes Edwards committed. The number of victims that Cameron accuses Edwards if killing goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. The Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV and TNN, even ran a five-episode mini-series last month entitled ‘It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards.’

I didn’t watch it, but according to reports Cameron claims Edwards was responsible for the deaths of Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), Jimmy Hoffa, Chandra Levy, Martha Moxley, Adam Walsh, the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard on whom The Fugitive was based, Teresa Halbach (Making A Murderer), and JonBenét Ramsey just to name a few. Cameron also claims to believe that Edwards was the Zodiac Killer. So in essence, Cameron has basically taken every unsolved or ‘uncertain’ murder from the past 70 years and attributed them to Edwards.

While Cameron may be a retired police detective, that doesn’t mean he’s not a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. He may just be the king of conspiracy. His credentials aren’t the best either. Outside of his police career, Cameron published his book through Golden Door Press which as far as I can tell was a vanity press for its founder and has allegedly gone out of business. Cameron has also been a guest on Coast to Coast AM, the paranormal and conspiracy themed radio show made famous by the late Art Bell. At the time of writing this, Cameron’s own website only displays a WordPress error code that hasn’t been fixed in days.

The one murder Cameron accuses Edwards of that I want to talk about is obviously the West Memphis killings. I bet you could tell by the picture of Ol’ Douchegoggles up there. Obviously, there’s no possible way Edwards could have killed Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch. However, the angsty followers of Damien Echols, the man with the personality of a 12-year-old goth girl, have thrown so many suspects against the wall trying to get one who sticks. There was the mysterious Mr. Bojangles, then there was Mark Byers when the Paradise Lost ‘documentaries’ came out, and lastly Terry Hobbs when the supposed DNA evidence was made public. Let’s also not forget the ridiculous pot-smoking gay tryst conspiracy that the WM3 team put forth. My point being that the Chalupas are willing to believe any fantastical theory put forth by Echols and his acolytes and I wonder if any of them will actually present Edwards as a legitimate suspect. Considering Echols’ followers already believe the conspiracy theory that he’s innocent, it isn’t too far of a stretch.

And remember kids, let’s get #douchegoggles trending when it comes to talking about His Maagickness.

Ohio Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life

Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life in Ohio killing

William Knight

Back in March…of last year, 64-year-old craigslist vigilante William Knight, of Streetsboro, Ohio, shot and killed a man he thought had stolen his son-in-law’s dirt bike. Knight found the bike being sold on craigslist and decided to confront the seller in Akron. The only problem is, the seller wasn’t the person who stole the bike. Knight killed 24-year-old Keith Johnson who had bought the bike from someone the year before. Knight claimed self-defense, but witnesses say Johnson was trying to flee at the time of the shooting. Originally, Knight was only charged with involuntary manslaughter. Later, a grand jury indicted Knight for murder.

Earlier last month, Knight was convicted by a jury of murder, and later that month, he was sentenced to life in prison. ‘

Initially, Knight had informed police he was going to meet the seller, but something more pressing drew the police’s attention so Knight didn’t wait on them. If you find something of yours that was stolen listed on a site or app like craigslist, don’t go to meet the seller yourself. Instead, call the police and let them handle it. It’s kind of their job. While the media loves to tell stories about civilians whose stolen stuff ended up on craigslist and got it back by confronting the thief, there are so many things that could go wrong in that situation that it’s too dangerous to conduct such a sting on your own. There’s no stolen property that’s worth the cost of your life.

“Bleed this block for street money.”: Man convicted in Dallas OfferUp killing

"Bleed this block for street money": Man convicted in Dallas OfferUp killing

Lonzell Hunter

Back in 2016, 42-year old Martha Teran was shot and killed in the parking lot of Medieval Times in Dallas, Texas. Back in April, 24-year-old Lonzell Hunter was convicted and sentenced to life for her murder. Hunter used a fake OfferUp profile in order to set up the robbery. When someone in the car Lonzell was sitting in snatched the phone, a struggle ensued and Lonzell shot Martha Teran. Lonzell had also messaged friends telling them to be ready to “bleed this block” for “street money.” He has also been charged with a charge of capital murder for the murder of another victim at a convenience store.

No matter how glitzy and slick a classifieds app appears to be, none of them are 100% safe and just meeting in a public place isn’t a guarantee of safety anymore. If you still insist on using classifieds apps or websites, meet the other person nowhere except a police station. If they don’t want to meet you there, then the odds are they’re up to no good.

Is a 16-year-old girl’s life worth just $250?

Is a 16-year-old girl's life worth just $250?

Charles McFee

Previously, I’ve discussed the murder of Desiree Robinson before. She was the 16-year-old girl who was being prostituted on Backpage in the Chicago area. On Christmas Eve of 2016, when 32-year-old Antonio Rosales couldn’t pay her, he allegedly brutally murdered her instead. Her alleged pimp tried to get other women to work for him and reportedly said: “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Now, the man who recruited Desiree for her pimp testified in court to how little Desiree’s life was worth to those who were trafficking her.

Back in April, 26-year-old Charles McFee pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sex trafficking conspiracy for recruiting Desiree into prostitution. McFee expected to get a $250 ‘finder’s fee’ after ‘giving’ Desiree to her alleged pimp, Joseph Hazley. Hazley is still awaiting trial on human trafficking charges for prostituting Desiree on Backpage. In exchange for a lighter sentence, McFee is expected to testify against Hazley.

When people ask why we need legislation like FOSTA and SESTA, Desiree’s story should be the answer why, and her story is only one among multitudes of women and children who have been bought and sold like so much merchandise on Backpage. Not only do websites that facilitate human trafficking need to be held responsible for deaths like Desiree’s, but a message also needs to be sent to every would-be pimp and trafficker who thinks they can make some quick money by selling people into sexual slavery.

Death penalty sought for Erica Parsons’ adoptive father

Death penalty sought for Erica Parsons' adoptive father

Sandy Parsons

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the story of Erica Parsons, you can read all about it here. However, to sum up, Erica was 13 in 2011 when she went missing from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina. She wasn’t reported missing until 2013. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, continued to collect Erica’s government benefits while she was missing. Casey Parsons claimed Erica went to live with her biological grandmother ‘Nan’ who didn’t actually exist. The couple was eventually sent to prison for fraud but in 2016, Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica’s remains. Both Parsonses have been charged with Erica’s murder.


In my last post about Erica, I lamented that since North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, it’s doubtful either of the Parsonses would receive the death penalty. However, back in the beginning of April, Rowan County prosecutors stated they will seek the death penalty against Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons.

While he certainly deserves it for the amount of abuse and violence he allegedly inflicted on Erica, I would imagine that prosecutors are hoping for a guilty plea from Sandy Parsons in exchange for a life sentence. So far, even a month later, no deal has been made. I still think a death sentence would be hard to obtain since Erica’s autopsy couldn’t discern an exact cause of death outside of “homicidal violence of undetermined means.”