The3SeaShells's Super Columbine Massacre RPG (PC)
| [May 29, 2012 10:44:06 PM]
| In my third and final play-through and response, I will focus more on the “violent” aspects of the game as I feel that by my third play-through I’ve engaged enough of it to properly write my opinion about it. When I originally was able to encounter other students and kill them in game, I was expecting it to be taken more realistically, but I was a bit surprised it was much into the J-RPG vein. Not only so, I thought the number of students I was able to kill, in a way took away meaning from the actual tradegy as it didn’t really “personalize” the students you killed, they were only given simple labels such as “Jock” and “Popular Girl”. Personally, I believe if the creator of the game was attempting to get people to really think about the game he would have portrayed the events a bit more realistically and controversially by making the slayings more realistic, as opposed to slaying countless numbers of “faceless” students. Throughout the game, I was looking for something that add more meaning in context of the shooting, but I felt disappointingly as If I found none. My disappointment was taken further when I was playing the shooter in “hell” after he committed suicide. I noticed the enemies and weapons were modeled after “DooM”, possibly being another satirical reference to the desensitization to violence videogames are purported to have, but in all I didn’t really take away much of it, it was only a speculation to me. I didn’t finish the game, but I really thought the hell scenario was the game’s biggest low point, as I felt the game was originally onto something when it was providing a narrative from the shooter’s perspective in the beginning. But disappointingly, in my opinion, any seriousness the creator may have tried to portray in this game was completely thrown out the window towards the end of the game when you’re hunting down the likes of Bart Simpson and Darth Vader, essentially trivializing the deaths of all the students you shot earlier before. If there was a meaning to “Super Columbine Massacre RPG”, I’m afraid I’ve failed to find it. If the game’s only purpose was to drum up controversy, I think it was successful, but on all other accounts, in my opinion, the game lacked artist merit.
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| [May 29, 2012 10:43:17 PM]
| In my first response, I haven’t had the chance to write about scenes at the school as I was more focused on the narrative given in the beginning of the game, but in my second play-through I was able to take part in the more controversial aspects of the game. But before, I write about just that, I thought it was also worth mentioning that the game’s soundtrack seems to be accompanied by MIDI representations of 90s grunge rock, KFDM, and Marilyn Manson, sorts of music, which I recall were blamed in part for the shooting. I’m unsure of the creator’s motive for putting these into the game, but I believe it might have to do with the media stereotyping that took place afterwards the shooting, which accused this sort of music for playing a responsibility for the shootings, in the same way DOOM and other violent videogames have done.
When I found myself at the school’s parking lot, I was expecting this game to be quite simple and straightforward actually, but I was taken back at the unexpected complexities in the game. For instance, I couldn’t even make it towards the cafeteria to plant the bombs, as I was unaware of the cameras monitoring the hallways. So, it took me quite a bit more trial and error to progress through. But from this I came to realization that maybe the creator chose to make the events leading up to shooting a bit dragged out to get the player to focus on the narrative instead of the game’s shock value, that and by having these scenes lengthened more than I expected I was more drawn into what the shooters were about to commit. For instance, when the shooters are unpacking the duffle-bags filled to weapons and the player sees real-life pictures of the guns used to kill students in the shooting, it put a sense of severity and drama into the situation when juxtaposed to the cartoony graphics of the game, for me this scene just felt “powerful” and made my gut wrench a bit knowing that I was about to partake in the shooting. I found my emotion to this strange actually, considering I’d consider myself normally desensitized to videogame violence but I think the creator’s decision to “climax” the shooting, has made it very effective in getting a response from me.
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| [May 29, 2012 10:42:54 PM]
| I wasn’t quite sure what to think as I was booting up “Super Columbine Massacre RPG” for the first time. I’ve have heard of discussion about this game outside of class before, but I never really thought about playing it, so I was a little curious just to see how the game portrayed the Columbine shootings. The first that struck me about this game was that it was made in “Game-maker” and from my first glances it didn’t even look to be like an impressive “game-maker” game at that, but then as soon I began interacting with objects in one of the shooter’s room, I realized that the creator of this game was more-so interested in portraying the game in a sort of narrative leading up to the events of the Columbine massacre. While I was still in Eric’s bedroom I noticed that it seemed like the creator of the game was interjecting his own commentary in the game, for instance if the player interacts with the copy of “DOOM” in the bedroom there is a text remark about how “DOOM” supposedly desensitized them to violence. I originally thought of this game as a sort of “elaborate-troll” given the setting of the game, but seeing that text-field about “DOOM” made me realize that this was going to be more a social commentary, possibly geared towards the effects of violent videogames and making satire out of them as “murder simulators”. Another interesting thing I found out early about the game was that the creator decided to humanize Eric and Dylan, rather than immediately portray them as monsters as the media has done. I noticed that when the player enters Eric’s basement the creator of the game inserted narrative that humanized the two to an extent. For instance, one of the shooters remarked about how he wanted to become a Computer Science major in college, in another instance the two bitterly looked back at the bullying they faced throughout their lives, and in final instance they make a video apologizing to their parents for the actions they were about to take. All of this so far and I haven’t even as the player fired a shot, so it certainly seems like this game has some sort of message, though one that I believe haven’t clearly found, I can only speculate.
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