The game was blasted last week by B.C. and Alberta Premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford, and now Ackerman is throwing her name into the mix. She believes a game like this could possibly lead to danger for pipeline workers and surrounding communities.
“lt’s not only disappointing, it’s sad that any content promoting violence would be accepted by a public broadcaster,” she says. “The developers of this game state that it’s about educating people about pipelines but after playing the game myself, it’s clearly slanted to a narrative that supports using tactics equal to eco-terrorism. If this was played out in real life, those pipeline bombs could kill or harm hundreds of the people that live in my community.”
TVO has since removed the video game from its website, and says it will be reviewed independently with a public report expected by the end of April. It is still available for play on Pop Sandbox’s Facebook page. Ackerman argues that reviewing the game is not enough, and wants it to be withdrawn immediately, and an apology to be issued.
“TVO and Pop Sandbox Productions have failed to comprehend that pipelines are in our communities -where children play and families chose to work and live,” she says. “l personally invite representatives from TVO and Pop Sandbox Productions to come up to Fort St’ John and see the industry first hand.”
The public broadcaster maintains it is not taking sides in the debate, and simply intends to engage the public on the matter.