Montreal transit threatens legal action over violent first-person-shooter video game

by Emily Senger

A video game designer is facing potential legal action after he used the interior of a Montreal metro station as the setting for the violent first-person-shooter video game Counter-Strike.

According to a report from QMI Agency, developer Diego Liatis, 35, says the Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) issued a letter saying it will consider legal action, should his team choose to publish the game online. According to Liatis, the STM is concerned that the game could create panic among transit users.

Counter-Strike pits terrorists against counter-terrorists and part of the appeal of the game is that users can add their own modifications.

The scene that has caused the issue is set in the Berri-UQAM station and inside a subway train. Clips of the game posted online do not show any passengers on the train or in the station.

Clips of the video game featuring the Berri-UQAM station were also posted to YouTube.




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Montreal transit threatens legal action over violent first-person-shooter video game

  1. looks like a pretty lousy competitive map anyways so why fuss

  2. They weren’t as concerned when they used the Lionel-Groulx metro station as the setting of a bloody shootout in the Bruce Willis movie, “The Jackal.” But they got money for that, didn’t they…

  3. Really? Panic? I play CS:Go and I never actually think about going to an Italian Vista just to shoot people.. Video games do not incite violence. I’ve been playing shooters since I was a kid, and I’ve never felt inclined to buy a gun and go on a rampage. I think violent people play violent games, not people who play violent games are violent people… Is bowling violent for the same reasons (columbine)? In any case, level looks too open, if he added the second story then that would have been awesome. It won’t be a popular map anyway.

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