Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cashing In On Those Who Cashed Out

I read today that someone made an internet role playing game that is based on the Columbine massacre. The article went on to say that in the game, the player's primary objective is to shoot as many students as possible. The site's creator, who gave only an indirect email interview, claims that the game was invented to "promote a real dialogue on the subject of school shootings." But after visiting the site I can definitely say the intent is not to create dialogue, but rather to generate income. Yes, the game is free ... but there is a paypal donation box accompanied with a message that implies that the game will not be free of charge if nobody donates. The anonymous webmaster also went on to say "I was a bullied kid. I didn't fit in, and I was surrounded by a culture of elitism as espoused by our school's athletes." Wa wa wa ... next we'll have to pause for a pity party because your parents fought alot ... or because your dog only had three legs ... or because some guy in a coffee shoppe looked at you funny when you were 13 ... or any other countless reasons for immature adult behavior brought on by some preadolescence calamity that your shrink planted in your head. The point is, the game is really in poor taste. Normally I provide links in articles I write, but that's what the game designer is hoping for ... free back links. So you'll just have to Google Columbine RPG on your own.


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