Super Coumbine Massacre Role Playing Game Pulled from Video Game Competition
“Slamdance finalist Super Columbine Massacre RPG has been officially kicked from the festival due to mounting pressure from protesters and the loss of sponsorship, the game’s creator told Kotaku Thursday night.
This is the first time in the Slamdance Festival’s 13-year history that a game or film has been removed from the festival due to criticism or outside pressure.
In a last minute phone call Thursday evening, Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter, told game developer Danny Ledonne that he regards his decision to remove the game from the festival as “deeply flawed,” but necessary to the festival’s survival. He went on to say, according to Ledonne, that the festival’s initial decision to select the game was “consistent with Slamdance’s philosophy but somewhat naive,” and apologized profusely for pulling the entry.”
Wow, I’m not sure what kind of parent would let their kid play a game called the Super Columbine Massacre. I wonder if at some point you have to draw the line about content like this. Video games are certainly consumed by a young demographic. It’s interesting that the tobacco companies can’t market to kids but games like this seem to be ok.
I’ve got an XBox 360 for the kids and try to keep the games at least somewhat under control. Tiger Woods Golf, Project Gotham Racing. My son’s favorite game is Kameo and even that game makes my worry if it’s not too much for a six year old.
By way of disclaimer, I know nothing about this Columbine game, I’ve never played it, don’t know anything about it. So I’m not really passing judgment here, I just worry though about a title and what potentially could be the content of a game that might focus on mass school killings.