Ikillhookers's Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)
| [February 22, 2010 10:19:04 AM]
| In my third session, the killing of students continued. I hated that you can taunt the person you kill. Itís awful that they really did that, even to people who had never bullied them. Only in one instance did one of the killers decide to let someone go. After another half hour of killing, I got bored and gave up hope that I would advance much further in the game. I wanted to see what would happen after, but it seemed like I would have to play for hours to get to that point.|
In reflection, my favorite thing about this game is how it forces the player to emphasize with Eric and Dylan, at least a little bit. There were references to and cut scenes showing Eric and Dylan being bullied and taunted at school. Everyone can relate to feeling lonely and isolated and angry. Especially in the high school setting. This game humanizes them and shows that they were two messed up boys who handled their feelings the wrong way. I really appreciated that aspect of SCM.
My least favorite thing about SCM is the realism. Not in the animation, but in the cut scenes and dialogue. This really happened, and I keep wondering what it would look like if this game were made today. Games are looking more and more lifelike, so playing SCM with that kind of development would be even more unsettling.
After my third and final session of SCM, I decided to Google the game to read other reactions. There were a ton of people saying the game is unethical and should be banned, etc. I didnít like the game, but I think these people are not only missing the point, but kind of ridiculous. The point of SCM isnít to show how awesome or justified the Columbine shooting was. Itís to make points about media, violence, and the state of our society as a whole. It irks me that those who donít like the game donít acknowledge the developerís rights to freedom of expression and free speech. Even if the point of the game was to glorify Eric and Dylan, they have a right to do that. There are TONS of games that honestly glorify violence with no real point or statement, yet the media and watchdogs donít blast those constantly. Itís like violence isnít okay in a game like Grand Theft Auto or Super Columbine Massacre, but as soon as itís in a different setting like Bioshock or Just Cause everything is fine. This kind of hypocrisy really angers me. I donít like violence in games at all, which is why I donít play them. To me, it seems like everyone else could just have that mindset.
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| [February 21, 2010 05:12:19 PM]
| This time I actually killed people. I hated it. Killing in games is unpleasant enough for me, but these characters represents real teens that were murdered. When I shot girls, I remembered a time the parents of a girl who was killed in this shooting spoke at my school. I thought of those parents and the heartbreak they endured. I remembered how one of the boys asked her if she believed in God, and shot her when she said yes. I hated using guns and bombs to kill people. The cafeteria killing was even more unsettling because the students were running around trying to escape. When a bomb went off and there was fire, one of the guys said, ďgot any marshmallows?Ē |
After I killed some people, there was a cut scene about how lonely Eric (or maybe Dylan?) was and how he just wanted someone to notice how he sat alone in the cafeteria. This scene was so empathetic and showed how lonely and hurt these boys were. In my first GameLog I mentioned now liking how evil they seemed, so this cut scene definitely took away from that.
Eventually, the game started to feel boring and repetitive. The shooting didnít really change or interest me, and I just wanted to be over. This part didnít seem realistic, because as I recall, it didnít last that long.
The use of real stills and news clips was very interesting. There was a short clip of President Clinton talking, and I think that would take players out of the game and remember how shocked the nation was when this happened. It was a huge deal. Maybe this was done so that as the player kills, they know what damage it will have.
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| [February 20, 2010 04:19:21 PM]
| My first try at playing Super Columbine Massacre RPG was uncomfortable. From the first moments watching the cut scenes I found the game to be disturbing. It felt voyeuristic to read actual quotes and see images of the boys. |
It bothered me how during game play, I actually wanted to complete the mission. It took me a really long time to get past the narks and to the cafeteria, and I got really frustrated. I was actually getting angry with the innocent students for stopping me from planting bombs. I actually wanted to succeed in killing other students. One thing I noticed about the game is that it was probably easier to do in real life than in the game. Most schools have awful security and someone could just walk in with weapons and open fire, especially before Columbine happened.
After planting the bombs, Dylan and Eric say on a bench overlooking the city. I really wasnít sure what to make of that. It seemed intimate watching two people process their last day of life. If this were any other game I wouldnít really think about it, but this is real. It's just unsettling.
Iím aware that SCM is supposed to be social commentary, but I guess Iím unsure at this point what the developers are trying to say. At one point one of the boys even says something like ďthe mainstream media will have a blast with thisĒ. So far I see the portrayal and Eric and Dylan as evil, and I wonder if thatís making fun of how the media portrayed them. Of course what they did was horrible, but they were genuinely troubled young men, not necessarily evil.
I think itís funny how there was a mention of Marilyn Manson and during the game I hear MIDI versions of Nirvana and Radiohead. The media made a huge fuss over what Dylan and Eric listened to, which Iíve always found to be ridiculous. I love Nirvana and used to listen to Marilyn Manson, and ended up a pacifist. Music hardly made me violent and angry. I think the developers included these references in the game to make a point about the mediaís affect on teens, kind of smirking at how the media blamed what Eric and Dylan listened to for their anger.
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