alt_eff_four's Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)
| [February 23, 2009 11:09:55 AM]
| After planting the propane bombs, I had to get back to the parking lot to plant the car bombs, but somehow I was caught walking through the hallway and had to start over from outside the school and had to plant the same bombs again. After I successfully planted the bombs and sneaked my way back to the parking lot, I went into the trunk of Dylan’s car and retrieved the weapons in the black duffle bags. I met up with Dylan at Clement Park. A minor cut-away scene showed Eric and Dylan talking about how all of their problems will now go away with this act of violence. Eric later meets with Dylan at Rebel Hill, which is where the two of them wait to watch all of the timed bombs go off. They wait in anticipation but realize that the bombs set in the cafeteria as well as the bombs set on the cars weren’t correctly set, so they panic and realize that they had to take action soon. This was when they first decided to storm the school and begin with the school massacre. Eric spotted a friend in the parking lot, but told the friend to scurry along because he said that he didn’t want to see his friend get hurt. I assumed at this point that the objective of the game was to kill everyone in sight, starting with the people in the parking lot. When I ran into the first real victim of the game, I was schocked to see that an RPG action, turn-based battle system was displayed. On the bottom left of the screen, it showed what type of clique status that the student had, such as “preppy boy” or “goody goody girl.” Then, I had to decide whether to kill them manually or automatically, using the game’s automatic battle system. I killed a few people in the parking lot using the automatic system. The screen shows how many hit points the victim took and how many experience points I received after committing the murders, which is actually very disturbing to me. I eventually enter the school and continue with the game’s main objective.
After killing a few students in the main hallway, I explore the rest of the school, going upstairs and into classrooms. The classrooms were filled with students and teachers. I not only used firearms to attack the students, I also used the pipe and napalm bombs made by Eric and Dylan. Even though the graphics of the game was rudimentary, it was very eerie to see the pixelated gore and blood after killing the victims. I continued to explore the rest of the school when I realized that this was the only objective of the game. I was actually too disturbed by the premise of the game to continue the game and decided not to finish it. I thought the game was very disturbing for trying to simulate a huge tragedy. I think that it’s wrong to exploit a tragedy and use the first amendment to excuse its development. One positive thing that I did experience was that playing the game gave me a chance to understand more about what went on in the minds of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. However, there are other ways to understand the tragedy that are more sensible, sensitive, and non-violent. I think the creator or creators of the game should be ashamed for exploiting the tragedy of the massacre and pretending that it’s just another way to inform and educate the public. I don’t know what happened from completing the rest of the game, but I would rather not find out.
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| [February 23, 2009 10:42:23 AM]
| After the black screen appears, random phrases such as “all are equal,” “no discrimination,” “son of a gun,” and “a simple equation.” I discovered that those phrases are actually lines from a poem written by Eric Harris. The game is now set at Columbine High School, specifically in the parking lot. After the dialog sequence, I decided to explore the area and went to “Rebil Hill,” which is a hilll that overlooks Columbine High School. In the game dialog, it said that Eric and Dylan found the name of the hill to be ironic, since the hill is where they would meet after the bombs are planted. Eric is later told by Dylan’s character to retrieve the bombs from the trunk of his car and plant them under certain tables in the school’s main cafeteria. I actually found it frustrating to complete this mission because it took me a while to realize that there a menu system in the game, so I was confused about how to select items and weapons. I eventually entered the school and had to sneak through without being caught by the security cameras or students walking through the halls. I was eventually caught many times by both the cameras and the students and consequently tried to be more careful sneaking to the cafeteria. I thought it was very interesting that the game required stealth skills similar to games like Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell.
At this point, I was even more frustrated with continuing the game because I felt that the game wasn’t very intuitive and clear with its mission objectives. After making it to the cafeteria without being detected, I explored the cafeteria and thought that I had to continue exploring the rest of the school, but I realized that there weren’t any more doors or entrances inside the main cafeteria. I had to actually check the online forums to help guide me through the game. I knew that I had to plant some bombs, but I felt that the game design was poor when it came to locating the specific locations where I had to plant the bombs, which turn out to be the tables directly adjacent to the snack vending machines. After being frustrated with the game’s unrefined controls and lack of intuitive gameplay, I saved the game and stopped playing.
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| [February 23, 2009 10:18:50 AM]
| I thought it was interesting that the game was in an RPG type of gameplay. The game reminded me very much of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda RPG and the simple game controls made the game easy to learn how to play. The game starts off in Eric’s bedroom, and you can see “KMFDM” by his bed. “KMFDM” is a German industrial rock and metal band that was blamed for allegedly influencing Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to committ the school shootings. It was very strange to see symbols representing the causes for Eric and Dylan’s rampage, such as the painting in Eric’s house that had comments stating that “bourgeois art like this causes Eric to be enraged.” I thought it was very morbid and eerie to see symbols such as the one previously mentioned to be in a video game. In the basement of Eric’s house, more symbolic items were found and were meant to be collected by the main character of the game, which is Eric Harris. A music CD by Marilyn Manson was found and added to Eric’s items list. After grabbing the CD, the following quote appeared: “the lyrics are sure to inspire impulsive aggression and rage,” which further exploits the influential ties to the controversial music that was listened to by Eric and Dylan.
I tried exploring the rest of the basement. When I came across a pizza box, I was taken to a flashback involving Eric and Dylan talking about how applying to colleges and enlisting in the Marines will all be pointless with what is to come soon. Other items that were necessary to be collected were Luvox anti-depressant, propane bombs, and a duffle bag to carry all of the equipment to Columbine High School. I felt like the game was exploiting the elements used by the mass media to portray certain entertainment media or everyday things like music, art, and prescription medicine as the culprits for school massacres. These elements would later on be used as cliches for interpretation by the media. After collecting all of the equipment, Eric’s chacter leaves the house, and the screen goes to black.
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