News Montreal Shooting - soon to be an RPG?
There was chaos yesterday in Montreal when a man named Kimveer Gill shot 19 people at Dawson Community College, killing one. He was definitely a person who was angry and isolated to the point of derangement — in his blog, according to news reports, he wrote: “”He is not a people person. He has met a handfull of people in his life who are decent. But he finds the vast majority to be worthless, no good, kniving, betraying, lieing, deceptive.”
The shooting also shines a major media spotlight on what Gill listed as his favorite video game:Super Columbine Massacre RPG! , a downloadable game where players act as Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. I haven’t played the game, but its website shows it’s made up of cartoonish birds-eye-view scenes of shooting and burning students, acquiring Marilyn Manson cds and winning a flying dragon from Satan in Hell are interspersed with real news footage and quotes from the two teenage shooters.
The creator of SCMRPG! defends his game as an insitigator of discussion about Columbine and similar tragedies, writing: “At the end of the day, the understanding of the Columbine school shooting is deepened and redefined. That is the real object of the game.”
Of course I don’t think the game iswhat provoked Gill to shoot people in Montreal and I’m inclined to be dismissive of “it’s offensive” arguments against art whose primary purpose is to provoke discussion, but in this case I’m wondering — Gill was a depressed nobody, he was big into internet communities, maybe he was excited about the possibility that his life would be analyzed via internet cults after the massacre. And if that’s the case, is the Columbine RPG partially culpable for perpetuating that possibility? Besides that, who would play this game besides marginalized, gore-hungry gamers? I can’t imagine they’d have really great discussion.