reaper0grim's Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)
| [October 28, 2010 10:30:17 AM]
| While playing SCMRPG, I reached the point in which you watch a flashback of one of the boys getting mae fun of the beat up by a bunch of jocks. I really think that putting these flashbacks gives this game a lot of realism and allows the player to understand the feelings of the characters. Not saying that I'm trying to justify the shooting, but rather saying that it is that emotional bond that you feel in many video games that make the game good.
I finally got to the hell level today. It was at this point of the game that I realized that all the realism had vanished, which made te game a little more fun to play. Instead of killing more innocent students at Columbine, you killed many iconic enemies from the game Doom. I even got to meet Pikachu, Mario, Malcolm X, John Lennon, and Mega Man.
The amount of realism in this game was already pretty iffy. In terms of historical events, the creator of this game did a very good job at including various quotes, times of certain events, flashbacks, news flashes (mainly the one with Bill Clinton), and so on. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure, from what I recall, the twosome only killed 13 people or so. In the game, you can kill every janitor, teacher, and student you come across. Also, the game play of the game isn't all too realistic. I'm pretty sure everyone was hiding or trying to get out during the shooting, not just running around in circles.
Once you get the hell, the realism of the game goes with you. Though, I'm not sure how I feel about this part of the game ethically. One way of seeing it is because it's not taking place during the shooting anymore, it isn't effecting those who were involved in the shooting, as well as generally lightens the mood of the game by allowing the character to live out this odd but funny situation. But at the same time, I think this level is like a mockery of the two, in which being mocked was the whole reason they decided to shot up the school.
Finally, I got to the very end of the game and defeated South Park Satan. The game ends back at Columbine where many parents, victims, and others were talking about gun control, violence in video games, and Marilyn Manson's music.
My final thoughts on this game is that because the game is so linear it struck me as boring and repetitive. I continually found myself just mashing the "Auto Play" button to speed up the game a little. Though the first half of the game was historically accurate, the game itself could have been a much better representation of Columbine if the graphics were updated and the battle system was more of a hack and slash rather than a turn based system.
Also, I want to mention that I do not think that this game controversial/offensive due to the content of what the game is about, but more on the lines of implying stereotypes on violent video games and rock music, as well as the idea of labeling everyone on the game by the cliques they belong to.
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| [October 28, 2010 01:07:12 AM]
| Today I played the game for another 30 minutes. All I did the entire time was kill people. That was it. I did not progress through the game at all. There are way too many room with way too many people to kill. This game is getting really boring really fast.
Though I did notice a few things. Almost all of the enemies are kids from different cliques. Jock type, Nerdy Girl, Goody Goody Girl, and Church Girl a few examples that I can think off the top of my head. I found the labels of the enemies more offensive than the violence and dead people all over the floor. Though I understand why the programmer(s) of the game decided to do this, it really is the only aspect of the game that I find to be the most offensive because it has the most realistic value.
Another thing too add to that is that I found the fact that if you equip the Marilyn Mason CD and/or the Doom game to the characters their stats go up. This basically implies that kids who listen to Marilyn Manson and play Doom will have more of a chance to shoot up their school. That's bullshit. I play Doom and listen to Marilyn Manson and I have no want or need to kill people. Because this effects me directly, I found it very offensive. I strongly disagree that violent video games and certain types of music are a direct cause of violent behavior.
One thing I do like about this game so far are the characters flash backs. Even though you are not them, you get the same nostalgic feeling they probably would have felt while reminiscing on the "good ol' days". It also allows you to see that they weren't psychopathic monsters, theay were just angry with life because of the way they were treated.
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| [October 26, 2010 12:49:20 AM]
| This actually isn't my first experience with this game. I played it once in high school a few years ago when I was either a Junior or Sophomore.
Anyways, after playing the game for about an hour I got up the room with the light board and you have a flashback about when the school's theater preformed Frankenstein. To be quite honest, I did not find this game very offensive or objectionable. I can definitely understand that if you were some how connected to the Columbine shooting that the game could negatively affect you, but I don't think that it would affect others as bad.
As a gamer, I see the game as an RPG about 2 boys who are tired of life and are looking for a way out. The text sets a tone through out the game that allows the player to feel as the 2 boys do. The game itself is actually really changeling in terms of figuring out where to go and what to do. In terms of violence, the poor graphics and sound effects don't make the killing seem very realistic at all.
So, from what I've gathered, I don't think that SCMRPG isn't too controversial in terms of violence. The poor graphics don't allow for very realistic blood and gore. It's no Mortal Kombat. It's almost more like fantasy violence. Attacks look like magic attacks as seen in many other RPGs.
In terms of content, it isn't as bad as most modern day games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto VI, or Mafia 2. Though you are killing innocent human beings, the battle system is very boring and doesn't really allow the player to engage in the act of killing humans. And because it is a RPG, in order to get stronger you must do what gamers refer to as grinding, which is the act of constantly fighting enemies to gain experience, which is the always the dullest part of playing a RPG. With GTA on the other hand, most players find fighting and killing random people fun as opposed to boring because they can do it for no reason and they don't have to grind enemies.
With that said, I really haven't gotten really far into the game so we will see what the rest of the game has in store.
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