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    Nov 5th, 2008 at 00:55:10     -    Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)

    As I completed Super Columbine Massacre RPG, something actually clicked in my brain.

    While most people that would call this game sick and ethically wrong, the chances of them actually playing even a minute of it are is not very likely.
    This game goes a long way in showing that parents and the evil empire we live under called the media have close to no actually idea of what they are actually talking about.

    In order to argue about something logically, you have to first know about the subject. The one piece of knowledge that these people use when fighting violence in video games is the fact that there is violence. Is it ethically right to call someone’s hard work, seeing that video games are indeed hard to make, wrong just because there is violence involved? Violence sells in video games and if parents don’t want their kids to play them, then that is their choice. But the fact is, if parents and those that are involved throughout the media would actually sit down and play these games and actually pay attention they would find that most of them have a good underlying story or moral ending.

    Is it wrong to portray friendship and trustworthiness?

    Is it wrong to make a game in hopes that it may stop this from happening again?
    While it is perfectly alright to have the opinion that these games are evil and shouldn’t be played, I just can’t understand how you can make that judgment without even seeing what it is actually about. The society we live lets parents do this and the media just magnifies it.

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    Nov 4th, 2008 at 18:03:02     -    Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)

    Super Columbine Massacre RPG isn’t a game where you have a choice of to kill or not to kill. Well you could just die but then you wouldn’t actually be doing anything and it wouldn’t actually be a game. One of the first missions that you have to complete is to plant two bombs in the cafeteria. However, when you begin the mission you don’t actually have the bombs on your character. You must first walk up to your car and press a button in order to retrieve the bombs. When I first started this mission, I must have missed the message that told me that because I started walking into the school to plant the bombs. After playing the game for about twenty minutes, I realized that I didn’t actually have the bombs.

    The fact that I didn’t actually have the bombs or any weapons at all when I was walking through the school was very surprising to me. When you walk into the school, there are cameras on the walls and people walking around that you must avoid in order to reach the cafeteria. If the cameras see you or if you run into someone walking through the school hallway, it would tell you that you were caught and the game would put you back outside in the parking lot. How is it that my character was actually getting caught doing nothing wrong?

    While I figured that it must have been because the people walking in the halls were hall monitors and were supposed to stop those who were skipping class, the game threw me a curveball. Every single time I would get caught by someone in the hallway, the person would comment on my trench coat and tell me that I was dressed “funny.” Since when is it a crime to be dressed in a trench coat or to look different?

    This is actually one of the main ethical issues that this game deals with. The boys that carried out this attack looked different everyday that they went to school. They weren’t popular and didn’t play sports. Because of their differences, the boys were not welcomed by their classmates. In a side clip later on in the game, it actually depicts one of the boys being beaten by other students for just looking “stupid.” Was it wrong for their classmates to act this way towards them? Obviously we would all say it was wrong.

    I am not trying to portray that I believe what these two boys did was, in any way, justified. I am simply trying to point out that these boys, as sick or as twisted as everyone wants to think they were, were not purely monsters. They were fed up with being treated poorly, and made a very horrible decision on how to fight back. Stick up for yourself, probably one of the best pieces of advice that I received from my parents when I was a kid.

    While these boys were very wrong in what they did, their classmates who tortured them at school at school for years were wrong as well in what they did to them and how they acted.

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    Nov 4th, 2008 at 17:42:12     -    Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)

    “Columbine” will forever be remembered by many Americans that lived in the United States in the year 2000. When we hear “Columbine” most of us likely remember the tragic school shooting that took place at a small high school in Columbine, Colorado. In 2001, a game called Super Columbine Massacre RPG was released on the internet which is directly based on this tragedy and the lives of the two boys who killed those in the school. No, you don’t play as a heroic teacher saving the lives of their students, nor do you play with the intent to stop the shootings from happening. You do actually play as the two boys as they go to school and take the lives of their classmates as well as their own. You then play as the boys in what is supposed to be “hell” in an attempt to get reach the devil.

    When I was first introduced to SCM, I honestly could not believe that this game was actually released. But to my surprise, the game was actually real and available for anyone to download free as long as you have a computer that would play it and an internet connection. This brings up my first point about this game.

    How in the world is making this game or even letting it be released ethically and/or morally right? Children and teachers died there. It was a horrible tragedy and to make it a game, how In the world is that ok? Is it?

    Well, actually, yes it is. Do I think that it should have been made? Not at first. As an avid player of many different types of games, I realized that this game is actually not that much different from games that depict actual wars and infamous battles either between individuals or our country as a whole. I am sure many would argue that creating this game is worse or more immoral for this tragedy was recent and many haven’t gotten over it yet. Well what about the war veterans that have yet to get over Vietnam?

    SCM obviously holds the same sort of concept of all these other games where your main goal within the game is to go about and kill others. SCM might actually be better for the fact that it doesn’t have the graphic detail that many of these games do.

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    Oct 5th, 2008 at 22:15:50     -    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (XBX)

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas isn't the type of game that many people would see as a family friendly game. This game might not be for appropriate for everyone to play, but when looking at the main characters interactions within the game you might think notice that it holds a lot of principles that make a family work.

    For instance, the main character, CJ, comes home from a long absence to attend his mother’s funeral. While this may not be very sentimental for those who play the game, this is actually an instance in a very violent and controversial game where caring and concern comes into play.

    CJ shows genuine concern for his family and although he may have not been home until his mother died, he did come back and he does, within the game, attempt to show loyalty towards his family. In a world that is known by some as "dog eat dog" you must do what you have to in order to survive and protect those who you care for. If that means that his life and his morals tell him to go out and do what he does because for his family, then is that so wrong.

    While some would consider this as ridiculous or even ignorant, you have to understand that people are different and their lives and the society in which they live are different as well. While most of his actions many people would consider morally wrong within the game, as he is going about doing such things as killing people and stealing, he shows a genuine concern for those that he cares about. He wants to protect his family and maybe actually, in a crazy way to many, make it better for himself as well as others.

    Overall this game is not a very good example of one that is concerned with making moral decisions and ethical choices. But just as many things in life, those on the outside might not understand the exact motives that make him do such things. One ideal is held throughout the game so far, and that is that he cares and wants to help his family and friends. That is an ideal I hold high in my life and can only hope others do as well.

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