TransLink has sent media outlets an email asking us to stop "promoting a video that appears to advocate violent behaviour against SkyTrain employees and passengers".
The regional transportation authority distributed this message after the release of an online game (not a video) called Main Street Massacre, which lets players go on a killing spree in a SkyTrain station in Vancouver.
“Playing clips from this video over and over again, and informing the public of where they can view the video, is irresponsible and does not serve the public interest,” said Ian Jarvis, CEO of TransLink, in a statement.
Fiona Famulak, president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, also made a statement in the TransLink email.
“The portrayal of construction workers in this video clip as violent individuals is highly inappropriate and does not reflect at all the professionalism of the construction industry,” said Famulak.
Main Street Massacre was developed by Wildman Industries. In the game, your character is a construction worker pissed off after a "horrible, crappy day at work" and now dealing with the "fucked up" SkyTrain. Watched by TransLink staff via surveillance cameras, your mission is to kill every last person in Main Street-Science World Station.
Depending on your point of view, the game may be disturbing, pointless, or fun satire.