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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Montreal Shooting - soon to be an RPG?

Posted by on September 14 at 12:54 PM

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.

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Is the Columbine game any worse than the other 'killer' games or is it just more offensive because we know it's based on reality? I can't imagine any of these games being a positive influence on anyone's life.

There are way too many of these types of games out there. Whatever happened to fun games, where the only one that died was the pacman, or the frog, or even little Mario?

This is truly a horrible tragedy. It's such a shame that someone as sick as Gill that wants to die himself has to take innocent victims with him.

Dear Sarah:

I am somewhat astonished that you seem to be oblivious to the fact that, in this context, the first meaning to come to mind for some of your readers for the acronym "RPG" might be "Rocket Propelled Grenade."

You know, those things that they use in Chechnya and Bagdahd and quite a few other places to kill innocent civilians, and even college students, too?

Next time, please, just use "video game" in your headline.

I cannot believe someone made a video game about Columbine. There are many better ways than that to "deepen and redefine the understanding of Columbine."

Robot, are you serious? would the tag line even make sense if she was using the acronym for rocket propelled grenade? no. don't post for the sake of posting, tard. trust me, even the other Carlos Mencias that post on the slog don't think you sound smart or informed with this one.

These games are just preoccupations, people will gravitate toward what they are already interested in. People who lean toward destruction will find pixelated games like the SCMRPG interesting. I don't find it fun, but that has nothing to do with its gory storyline. I simply do not enjoy pixelated games that remind me of DOS games from way back in the day. Now, if I were into murder and destruction I might find ANY game of that nature interesting.

I think it's funny the way we are all running around trying to "figure out" why these things happen. I mean, we already know and have known for years. The thing is, though, the real reasons are being smashed to pieces by people who try to make it more complicated than it really is.

High school loneliness and harassment has far-reaching effects that don't just disappear magically when we are handed a diploma. Loneliness, despair, hopelessness, apathy... all of those emotions are not confined to the high school environment. They may or may not originate there, but they sure do make it easier to not give a damn about anyone else.

I wonder when more will see... how many more kids will have to die before this society wakes up to the fact that this pain is real and it takes on more forms than we want to admit? How many more shootings will we have to go through?

Dawson's not a Community College, it's a Cégep, which is sorta like super high school in Québec; everybody takes grades 11-13 there. Think like 'college' in England, except mandatory. Actually it might be mandatory in England too, I'm not sure.

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