Developer defends school-shooting game as victims complain

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school-shooting video game is defending the product and vowing to continue selling it online as parents of slain children and other mass shooting victims work to get the game wiped off the internet.

Acid Software recently set up two websites for the "Active Shooter" game after it was removed from the webpages of video game marketplace Steam and crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The game allows players to participate in simulated school shootings. The removals followed complaints by anti-gun violence advocates including parents of children killed in school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut.

Acid said on Twitter it would not be censored and cited free expression rights.

The new sites were not working Wednesday and it wasn't clear why. Representatives of Acid and the company hosting the new websites did not return messages.