Thursday, May 18, 2006

From the "some people are just a-holes" file

From Sky News:
Outrage At Video Game

A computer game based on the Columbine High School shootings is causing outrage among the families of victims. Super Columbine Massacre RPG has become a hit since being posted on an internet site. It is based on the 1999 murder of 12 pupils and a teacher by teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. They committed suicide after the shooting spree. Images of the pair are featured in the game, which includes crime scene photos. There are also images of terrified pupils running and crying, though it does not feature pictures of victims. Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel was killed, said: "We live in a culture of death, so it doesn't surprise me that this stuff has become so commonplace. "It disgusts me. You trivialize the actions of two murderers and the lives of the innocent."

The site's creator told the Rocky Mountain News he wanted to "promote a real dialogue on the subject of school shootings".

Yeah! I'd like to promote some "real dialogue" on the subject of child rape, so how about I create a video game in which children are stalked, kidnapped and molested. You can play a game in which you are either the molester or the child! And won't it be great because we'll finally be having some real dialogue on this terrible topic?! Oh--and I'll be sure to make the perpetrator an actual, well-known child rapist...

This guy is a dirtbag. He's the reason people who aren't gamers look askance at those who are.

1 comment:

Raine said...

As a gamer, even I have lines drawn in the sand. This little project of his crosses more then a few.

However, I often find movies to be much more disturbing then videogames. If we're not teaching our kids to be murderers and molesters, we're teaching them to be voyeurs and pretenders.

I believe its a matter of parenting and personal choice. There will never be an end to things in bad taste, so a solid upbringing, and the strength of personality to choose when to watch and engage, and when to refrain from stuff like this is key to a healthy individual, and a healthy society as a result.