Google pulls plug on "Google Shoot View" FPS

Want to jump onto any street in the US with an automatic weapon and start shooting at civilians with automatic weapons? If you answered "yes," than you're a psychopath, and should likely check yourself into a mental institution. I didn't say anything about videogames in the sentence above. You sick, sick person. But if you want to do it in a videogame, well, you're out of luck, too, as Google has put its foot down and pulled the plug on the flash game "Google Shoot View."

The game went live last week, and was made by Dutch digital ad agency, Pool Worldwide. It let players type in any address, dropped them into a Google Street View location, and let them go wild by shooting at the actual people standing around. Sound effects and animations showed the carnage, which we're guessing actually was just bullet holes. We'd check, but Google had the game removed only a few days after it was pushed live this past Friday. Business Insider says that Google cited a "terms of use" infringement which, to be honest, sounds about right.

But that didn't stop thousands of upon thousands of people from trying it, with the game pulling in up to 3,000 people a minute during its week of life. No word yet on whether or not it will ever be revived, but odds are if it does, it won't have "Google" in the name. Well, unless it's added as an Easter egg to Google Street view. Google does love adding Easter eggs...

Hollander Cooper

Hollander Cooper was the Lead Features Editor of GamesRadar+ between 2011 and 2014. After that lengthy stint managing GR's editorial calendar he moved behind the curtain and into the video game industry itself, working as social media manager for EA and as a communications lead at Riot Games. Hollander is currently stationed at Apple as an organic social lead for the App Store and Apple Arcade.