'Main Street Massacre' maker threatened with lawsuit

(Main Street Massacre gameplay screen grab)

(Main Street Massacre gameplay screen grab)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

Vancouver's transit corporation has vowed to sue the maker of an online video game that depicts mass murder aboard a city SkyTrain.

In the game, the player controls a disgruntled construction worker who becomes frustrated with SkyTrain service and slaughters as many people as possible on the Main Street platform.

In a letter posted on his site, Main Street Massacre creator Alexi Wildman called the game "a perfect metaphor for self-serving un-creative management of cities, back-door dealings in kushy government contracts — and the extreme frustrations this kind of bullsh — causes for ordinary citizens."

TransLink, however, is more concerned about the game's literal connotations.

"Imagine working as a SkyTrain attendant and watching widely publicized gory images of a video game that features a disgruntled passenger venting his frustration with system delays by using an automatic weapon to murder staff and passengers," CEO Ian Jarvis said in a press release.

TransLink says it will sue for intellectual property infringement because the game uses the company's logo.

"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," Jarvis said.

Wildman took issue with this claim.

"I assume as someone who's paid his fair share of taxes, I actually own part of those so-called copyrights."


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