Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Super Columbine Massacre RPG upsetting to Columbine families

Imagine that. The video game, which was introduced online last year, has become rather popular. It is "ultimately up to you," players are told, how many people Harris and Klebold kill. The game includes crime scene images of the two killers and images of students running and crying, but there are no photographs of the victims.

The creator of the website, who prefers to be anonymous, says that he created the game to induce a "real dialogue on the subject of school shootings." He also says he was a bullied kid, echoing the pop psychology explanation for the Columbine killings (the killings took place, as at least one sane commentator wrote, not because Harris and Klebold were bullied, but because they were dangerous psychopaths).

The son of one of the Columbine victims said of the game: "It disgusts me. You trivialize the actions of two murderers and the lives of the innocent."

I visited the Super Columbine Massacre RPG discussion forum, in which there is a great deal of protest that the game exists, and there are also a few comments defending it. I imagine that most of the defenders are too busy playing the game to bother with the forum. There is at least one very disturbing post in which Harris and Klebold are praised; I did not stick around long enough to see if there were any others like that.


I find this really disturbing. If there were a September 11th game, where you fly planes into buildings, I wonder what the reaction would be.

By Blogger Helen Wheels, at 12:40 PM  

I noticed on the forum a request for a September 11 game.

By Blogger Diane, at 12:44 PM  

Also...many pre-adolescent and early adolescent boys love this kind of stuff (not saying I like it--just making an observation). They generally outgrow their bloodthirst by later adolescence, however. But I wonder how many of these gamers do not fall into that age range.

By Blogger Diane, at 12:49 PM  

Helen Wheels: If there were a September 11th game, where you fly planes into buildings, ~.

There already is/was. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 has a replica of NYC, complete with twin towers. All you do is pick the Jumbo Jet and fly 'er in.

It isn't as spectacular, of course, because all you do is crash (i.e., the game acts just as if you plowed into the ground) and then you are back on the runway.

Here is a picture (warning: may be disturbing to certain individuals).

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