linx678's Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)
| [October 27, 2010 12:19:57 AM]
| Thirds Log:So I finished playing Super Columbine Massacre RPG and I have to say that I found this game so distasteful and disturbing. To make a game about two boys having such hatred about their fellow human beings and slaughtering them for no reason and having to play as the murderers is something I never would have thought to experience. To be fair to the creators, I see where they were going with this. They wanted to as accurately portray the events in real life via the game as possible. However you can make everything truly accurate, such as the conversations Eric and Dylan have once inside the school. And I do believe that this pushes stereotypes. As I mentioned in my first log, student sprites have names such as Preppy Girl, Jock Type, Church Girl/Church Boy, etc and are dressed in accordance to how their stereotype is viewed. This game makes a bold statement about stereotyping. Especially in the end when everyone was giving theories as to why the boys committed the acts they did. The stereotyping is such a bad way of trying to get an answer to something and in the end it makes things worse and people turn a blind eye to the truth.|
I don't know what came over me first, shock or horror while playing this game but my emotions warred with me constantly while playing the game. I hated the fact that I had to go around shooting at innocent people simply because two boys had such intense hatred for the life around them. I understand why the creators wanted people to see this and to play as Eric and Dylan, but it still didn't make me feel any better about the situation. The only thing that helped was that the graphics were so bad that the violence/blood/gore was kept to a minimum. Still, it was disturbing having to play through this game. To see the joy that would come to Eric and Dylan as they killed a fellow classmate was sickening and I honestly wanted nothing more than to walk away from the game and not look back.
Overall, this is nothing something I would ever want to play again. Once is enough and I would be happy if I never had to play this game again. This is a bad game. Not just for the subject matter, but how poorly designed it is, the text was terrible to read on my computer which greatly slowed things down for me and I honestly hurt my eyes trying to read everything on screen, the stereotyping was WAY over they top and it was just a terrible game. The only thing that honestly seemed well done about this game was the 8-bit music in the game but that does not remotely make up for how bad and how horrifyingly disturbing this game is.
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| [October 26, 2010 10:13:06 PM]
| So this was my second time playing the game and I continued where I left off.|
So I headed down the hall and into what must have been the lighting room for the play because the boys take a stroll down memory lane and this time it takes about Frankenstein's play.
I've come to notice that every book/movie/play reference they seem to make is always about cursing humanity, making man pay for his sin's by destroying man, it was all very unnerving to have to all just come one after another. Dylan at one point even refers to himself and Eric as monsters created by some demented doctor and that was why they could do this, go out and kill people. It really rubbed me the wrong way and I honestly just want to get through this game.
After running through the gym killing people multiple times and Eric having a flashback about being bullied, you kept wondering why do they keep showing all this backstory? These boys are just going around and killing people for fun! I mean, they even make snide remarks after they have killed people and laugh at their deaths! If they so much enjoying killing, why the need to have backstory and try to humanize them? It almost seems like all the backstory is being placed in there as an attempt to justify Eric and Dylan's actions, which should never been condoned. I mean, you even have Dylan talk to his friend Tim and when Tim asks what him and Eric are doing, Dylan just causally responds "Oh, killing everyone." What the hell? Its not like you are talking about the weather! This is a human slaughter and he acts like its a simple question you would answer everyday! That line alone made me so horrified I had to step back for a minute before I could continue playing the game.
The next part, the part with the Church Girl, I have heard this story so many times, from the history you learned from Columbine, from when I was in religion school when I was younger, I have heard this multiple times. Yet, having to play through the act, having to confront the girl.
Church Girl: Oh God, Help me!
Dylan: Do you believe in God?
Church Girl: Yes...no...I don't...know.
Church Girl: It's...It's what my family believes.
And then you proceed to kill her. This was bone chilling to me and I can tell you I wanted nothing more than to just finish the game at that point. I couldn't take having to go around and kill more people after that.
I moved about and got a little more back story about Eric and his ex-girlfriend Brenda Parker and how Eric says her never calling him back started it all, almost like he was trying to blame his actions on her.
So I got to the back of the library and the police show up and I was given the option to continue killing people or to end Eric and Dylan's lives. I picked the latter because I couldn't go around shooting people anymore. So the boys end their lives and a montage of the school shooting occurs. This is immediately followed by a montage that was twice as long for each of the boys. This confused me but I choose not to dwell on it.
After that, you end up in what can be presumed to be hell. I didn't really know what to do so I wandered around fighting demons until I got the shotgun and called it quits from there. I just couldn't play anymore.
I guess I can say one thing that does help while playing this game, is the fact that the graphics are so degraded, the violence level is toned down a lot. Now don't misunderstand me, I am not fond of this game at all and I hate the very notion of having to play it. But it was, at least in my opinion, a little helpful that the graphics weren't pushed to be very real, otherwise, I might not have been able to even look at this game.
Another thing that was starting to bother me was the fact that they were making horrible, horrible stereotypes about people. Eric and Dylan liked to play video games and listen to metal. Because of that, it was auto-assumed that because they played violent video games and listen to metal music that they were killers. Granted, yes, what they did was awful, but the video games and music do not have everything to do with it. The little tid-bits of backstory that you get show that these boys have dealt with some serious abuse and bullying and that was what ultimately drove them to doing what they did. Not just the types of music they listened to or games they played. After the shooting, anyone that played video games or liked metal music was questioned and had this sense of judgement placed on them. Like, would they do something similar? Its a terrible feeling honestly and I for one, a person who plays video games and loves all sorts of music, would hate to be judged simply by my tastes in entertainment choices.
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| [October 25, 2010 10:42:46 PM]
| I feel like I put off playing this game for so long because of so many things, the subject matter it focused on, the idea of having to play as two killers who killed innocent people...many reasons. But I obviously had to start otherwise I wouldnt be getting a grade.|
I have to say this is nothing like any other game I have played before. It is such a bad game, and not just because the subject matter, but the poor quality of the graphics, the text was terrible to read on the computer I'm using and it was just overall such a poor game.
I never thought in my wildest dreams I would have to play a game about the Columbine Massacre. And yet here I am playing this. I have to say that I was disturbed and I had a feeling that playing this game was wrong, like I shouldn't be playing this. It felt disrespectful almost to be playing this game when so many innocent people died.
I mean, you have conversations bewteen Eric and Dylan and those are just jaw dropping. Granted some of it is made up and made to tell a story such as the lines:
Eric: "hahaha, make more gun laws, probably...blame out parents...blame Mark and Robyn. who fucking cares, right? They all deserve to die for all the shit they put us through."
Dylan: "Today will be difficult but not impossible, necessary, nerveracking and fun. What is life without a little death?"
I swear my eyes probably bugged out of my head at that point. Not even 5 minutes into the game and already such hatred and animosity. It got worse as they filmed a final video explain it all and Eric saying "War is war. And this is war." and they continue on to say nothing could have prevented it. I was blown away at the amount of hatred these two had.
Getting the bombs into the cafeteria was an interesting experience. It took multiple tries to get through the hallway and remember the cycle of the hall monitors and janitors but I finally managed to get it. Again, Eric and Dylan just spout so many hate filled things, even though these words are fiction, it just was a miserable feeling playing this game. Even more so after you get out to the park and the boys discuss how they want to destroy everyone and why they hate everyone.
Once the bombs don't go off and the lunch bell rings they begin the massacre. It even starts when you can bump into one of Eric and Dylan's friends and they share a few words.
Boy: "Hey Eric. Hey Dylan."
Eric: "Brooks, I like you now, Get out of here. Go home."
This baffled me. They wanted to kill everyone yet they were saving people? It was so strange. It was hard to gauge whether they were friends with this person or not. Regardless you continue and move through the parking lot and you can attack people there. Literally bringing up a combat sequence, it almost reminded me of the random enemy encounter in Final Fantasy VII. And you go about in a combat mood killing people; Preppy Girl, Janitor, Jock Type, etc. And after you kill someone it says "Another Victory for the Trench Coat Mafia." Victory? How the hell is this a victory? They are killing innocent people! And it continues on like that for every single battle.
I managed to get to the cafeteria and the back story Dylan gives about sitting alone. As I sat and read through this scene, it almost made me feel like the game was trying to give a reason to way this should be justified, if it even could. My stomach was twisting in knots and I honestly just didn't know what to say.
I only played a little more, up until the boys enter the restroom and save the one boy from the jocks beating him up. This again seemed odd. Even the boy the jocks were picking on didn't talk to Eric and Dylan, so why let him go?
Honestly after that I had to stop playing. I couldn't play any more. I need to take a step back from this. This game is just so callous in how it portrays this terrible event and I honestly felt dirty for playing it, if that makes any sense. It simply felt wrong to play this game.
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