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‘Sniper 3D Assassin’ Game Faces Backlash Over Level With Mission To Kill A Journalist

Twitter user @lostblackboy (known as New York Times journalist Jamal Jordan) tweeted about a shooting game that his nephew was playing on his iPad that concerned him.

One of the missions, called “Breaking News,” featured a mission to kill a journalist who was going to be receiving information from a police officer.

The game, called “Sniper 3D Assassin,” is available on various app stores for mobile devices, as well as the platform Steam for PC.

After he posted about the game, Huffington Post spoke with Jordan about why the mission was problematic and the effect it had on his nephew.

Jordan told them:

“My nephew is 10, and we had a very long talk after.”

 

 

Many people were concerned with the mission’s theme.

Shortly after Jordan spoke with Huffington Post, the game’s developers, TFG Co., removed the level from the game.

TFG Co. Chief Technology Officer, Michael Mac-Vicar, said of the removal:

“Our game Sniper 3D Assassin is fictional and is intended for mature audiences. At TFG, we work to create games that bring fun and entertainment to users all around the world.”

“As such, we take feedback from our players very seriously. After listening to our community today, we have decided to remove the mission ‘Breaking News’ from the game.”

Death threats toward journalists are unfortunately not rare, especially in recent years. In 2018 alone, 34 journalists were murdered, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

This includes the five people who were killed by a gunman who opened fire in the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland last year.

It is ideal to think of the message that a game will send before releasing it, but kudos to TFG for listening to public feedback and making swift changes.

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Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.