PORT MOODY — Port Moody police have weighed in on a controversial video game that uses a local high school as the backdrop.
In a statement posted Friday, the department said it was contacted by staff at Port Moody Secondary about a “disturbing” video depicting a multiplayer first-person shooter game set inside the school.
“Although the creation of such a video game is likely ill-conceived in the current climate, it does not constitute an offence,” the statement said.
“Investigators from the Port Moody Police Department have interviewed the developer of this game and have concluded that he does not pose a danger to the staff or students of Port Moody Secondary.”
The police went on to say the department continues to work closely with all of the schools in the city to ensure staff and students have a safe environment to work and learn in.
The video for a preview trailer for the game Counter-Strike, with the school used as the backdrop, surfaced this week.
Though it’s unclear who is behind the game, several media outlets have suggested former student Aarman Rahim is the developer.
However, Rahim apparently refuted the claim in an online statement Friday.
“I am not the developer of the game, I did not create the game nor have I taken credit for its production,” the statement attributed to Rahim said.
“I provided resources in the form of photography to the developer for the accurate production of digital architecture.”
Rahim said Port Moody Secondary was chosen because a close, large group of friends passed time playing the stock maps of Counter-Strike.
He said following graduation, the developer “thought it would be nice to play a game many bonded over, in an environment everyone was familiar with.”
“There is no ill intent. This is simply a game all alumni and peers could associate with,” the statement said.
A note on the website, presumably from the developer, said it was unclear if the map would ever be released.