So last night I finally decided to download Super Columbine Massacre RPG to put the designer’s words to the test. I played it about halfway through and I can honestly say that the designer is full of crap.
In the Q&A the designer said, “You must CHOOSE to kill in SCMRPG.” Well, you have to be damn nimble on the arrow keys to avoid killing anyone. And once you do come in contact with an “enemy” your only option is to kill. There is no “run” or “escape” option that comes with most RPG’s. Not only that but if you want to survive the “hell” level you need to increase your level or what’s known in RPG’s as “level building” or “grinding”. How do you increase your level? Why by killing more kids of course. So the designer made it near impossible to go through the game without killing someone.
The enemies all have names like “Preppy Boy”, “Cheerleader”, “Jock-Boy” (of course), and “Black Boy”. After you kill the victim makes a gurgling noise and the screen says “Another victory for The Trench Coat Mafia”. When you get items from your victims it calls the shooters “brave boys”.
Halfway through the game, you get to the point where the two cowardly scumbags, Harris and Klebold, kill themselves. After they kill themselves you get a “touching” montage of Harris and Klebold through the years.
This is not a game designed to make you think or open a dialogue about school shootings. It’s nothing more than a tribute to the two cowardly scumbags and probably a revenge fantasy of the designer.