When I first heard that we would be playing a game called ďColumbine RPG,Ē I immediately assumed I wouldnít enjoy it. It took a while to get the game started because my computer didnít want to open the saved file (I had to find the correct program to play it through.) After finally getting the game to work, I realized my initial impression of the assignment was correct. The ethics of the game in general were terrible, and it didnít help that the game itself was poorly created. I couldnít understand what the characters were saying, and the characters themselves were poorly made.
Everything in the game seemed to be centered around rage and hate, and in general, I couldnít make much sense of what was happening. The two characters in the game were Eric and Dylan (based upon the actual senior students at Columbine high school, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold) who massacred 12 students and 1 teacher. There are flashbacks that show Eric and Dylanís past experiences; the game itself acts out the killing, beginning on the day of the shooting. I donít really understand the gameís message so far, and I question if this is one of the games that shows violence for no reason. Itís obvious that these two high school students were very distraught, and EXTREMELY messed up; I donít understand why anyone would ever want to re-create such a horrible situation. The game is free, so no one was making a profit off it, but I donít believe itís ethical for someone to create a game like this. 13 families had to suffer through a horrible loss, and I canít imagine how they would feel if they saw this game.
I find it hard to even play the game, knowing that playing as the murders, I will eventually have to kill someone who represents a real person. I donít care how messed up or sick these two individuals were; I donít ever want to think of doing something like this, I donít want to put myself in their shoes. The creators of this game have taken a real life situation, and turned it into a game. Something that is supposed to be pleasurable and fake takes on a real life situation. At one point in the game, you actually see the two boys enraged faces (not tiny pixilated characters,) blaming everyone for making their lives miserable.
I didnít get very far in the game, and Iím not looking forward to having to play more tomorrow.
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