TransLink is demanding that the maker of an online game that depicts a SkyTrain killing spree take it offline.
If Alexi Wildman of Wildman Industries does not comply, the regional transportation authority says he could face legal action over Main Street Massacre.
“While we cannot control the subject matter that individuals choose to use in the making of video games, we do have legal rights with respect to our intellectual property,” said TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis in a news release.
“Out of safety concerns for our passengers, our employees, and the public at large, TransLink cannot be seen as endorsing or condoning such violent content.
“Any time the safety or sense of safety of our employees and customers is undermined – that gives me cause for concern. That’s why we are vigorously pursuing our legal options for having the video game removed from the public sphere.”
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.
According to TransLink, SkyTrain workers are upset about the game.
“Our buses and trains are boarded 1.2 million times a day. And our employees are dedicated to helping people get where they need to go – safely and efficiently,” said Jarvis. “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 that the employees of that company would feel the same as our people feel after learning about that video through the media.”