At its heart, this is a dispute over the limits of artistic expression and the boundaries of good taste. The protests are a reaction to a decision last week by festival president Peter Baxter, who pulled the game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from the list of finalists. The game is just what it sounds like: players traverse a 2-D world taking on the roles of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as they shoot up their high school. After committing suicide, the characters then journey to hell, where they battles demons. 

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Should the video game `Super Columbine Massacre RPG!` have been dropped from the finalists in Utah’s Slamdance Guerrilla Gamemaker Competition?
At its heart, this is a dispute over the limits of artistic expression and the boundaries of good taste. The protests are a reaction to a decision last week by festival president Peter Baxter, who pulled the game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from the list of finalists. The game is just what it sounds like: players traverse a 2-D world taking on the roles of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as they shoot up their high school. After committing suicide, the characters then journey to hell, where they battles demons.

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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/18/07 - 9:24:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
What's going on with the votes.
I voted no, because it shows what they deserve and has a moral :P
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/18/07 - 9:28:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it was right to make a game after that horrible event.

Yes, it deserved to be dropped from the finals.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/18/07 - 9:50:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Erm, yeah.

Especially since the whole thing was blamed on games in the first place.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/19/07 - 12:12:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it should be dropped. If the gameplay is good then it deserves a prize.

However, it was in very poor taste to make a game like this, regardless of how it plays.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/19/07 - 11:01:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Is there no horrible event that companies will not exploit to make money? How sick! Grrrrr. I am sickened, utterly sickened.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/19/07 - 11:23:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, and lets drop all the War games while you are at it. There are TONS of games about taking others lives, many of them based on real events. Call of Duty, JFK Reloaded, Super Columbine Massacre RPG, they are games about the senseless taking of human life. If that alone is not enough to keep these games from being played, then no other factors can possibly be horrable enough to matter.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/19/07 - 11:26:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/19/2007 11:01:31 PM jvcc wrote:
Is there no horrible event that companies will not exploit to make money?

It is an independent game that is available for free from the site...

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 11:15:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
Uh, yes. How f*cked up is that game.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 3:24:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. If it offends you, don't play it. Plain and simple. We don't need to clear the planet of every trace of material that might possibly be offensive to anyone. How boring would that be...
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 3:52:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eh... I don't know. That game isn't really just about shooting up the school. It takes a look at what happened from a rather psychological perspective.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 4:18:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
What makes this any worse than, say, a war game set in Iraq?

Or "America's Army"?

Or any first person shooter you care to mention?

I don't find any of those types of games objectable, so I fail to see the difference.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 8:31:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is the most tastelessly brilliant thing I have seen in a long time.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 9:18:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, the game is not particularly in good taste, but I find most shooter games to be that way anyway. The content of the game should not be an issue for the competition, only the quality.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/17/07 - 1:45:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
just getrid of war games altogether
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 11:12:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
People put themselves in war knowing full well they could die. Hell, the whole point of going on the battle field is to take down the enemy.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/7/07 - 7:58:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
http://tech.msn.com/products/article.asp...

It was voted one of the top 10 worst games of all time. Woww.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 2:55:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
that sounds pretty funny to be honest.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 3:04:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/20/2007 3:24:13 PM omgwtfho wrote:
No. If it offends you, don't play it. Plain and simple. We don't need to clear the planet of every trace of material that might possibly be offensive to anyone. How boring would that be...

Exactly.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 4:11:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, in the "kicked out" sense, not the "legally banned from existence" sense. There's a huge difference in perception throughout society between a war that has been sanctioned by the govt and the psychotic murder of students in an educational sanctuary.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/18/07 - 4:11:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/20/2007 3:24:13 PM omgwtfho wrote:
No. If it offends you, don't play it. Plain and simple. We don't need to clear the planet of every trace of material that might possibly be offensive to anyone. How boring would that be...

That's a ridiculous solution. There is no slippery slope here to worry about whereby we're boycotting (not legally banning) a sick game one day and making women wear burkas the next. Have a little faith in humanity. Not all faith, but a little.
Further, while the game makers may be free to make it without legal repercussions and I am free not to play it, as you so graciously acknowledged, I'm also free to boycott any and every product from any company that has the poor taste to release it. I'm also free to tell my friends about it, and they're free to do the same, and tell their friends about it, and so on. No freedoms have been violated there, but sickeningly bad taste is definitely punished.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/21/07 - 11:29:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
what a sick, f*cked up game! what will be next; being able to play as Ho Seung Hui in Super Virgina Tech Massacre!! (version II)? ..
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/21/07 - 5:20:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/18/2007 4:11:35 PM IRLIteach wrote:
Yes, in the "kicked out" sense, not the "legally banned from existence" sense. There's a huge difference in perception throughout society between a war that has been sanctioned by the govt and the psychotic murder of students in an educational sanctuary.

errrr, so killing people in their home land without any other reason than that they might make the same weapons as you do yourself is right because it's sanctioned by the goverment?

Yeah, go cowboy!


On 1/19/2007 11:23:26 PM TxFireman wrote:
Yes, and lets drop all the War games while you are at it. There are TONS of games about taking others lives, many of them based on real events. [...}if that alone is not enough to keep these games from being played, then no other factors can possibly be horrable enough to matter.

I'm sorry, but taking lives is a completely natural part of human life. We are, after all, just animals.

Sorry for t

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/27/07 - 10:03:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hell no! First of all they're not real human lives. They're just pixels on a screen. Second of all there are loads of video games where you kill people. This one's just being banned because it touches on a subject people don't like to think about. Besides, this is a form of art and I'm a strong believer that art should not be cencored.



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