Yesterday GamePolitics reported on V-Tech Rampage, a Flash game uploaded to the Newgrounds site by an Australian man, Ryan Lambourn. In our coverage we noted that the game was rendered in a documentary style, similar to the controversial Super Columbine Massacre RPG.
The Columbine game was widely criticized following its 2006 release and blamed by some pundits for contributing to a September school shooting by a deranged man at Dawson College in Montreal.
SCMRPG was lauded by others for its use of the game medium to explore a searing cultural event. The game would eventually be nominated as a finalist at the Slamdance Guerilla Games Festival before the event’s promoter removed it as too controversial.
In a comment posted to yesterday’s V-Tech Rampage coverage, SCMRPG designer Danny Ledonne offers his thoughts on the controversy:
Inevitably, comparisons between SCMRPG and VTech Rampage are being made right now… For myself I wish to point out that SCMRPG was never a for-profit endeavor and thus I never posted statements like that which is on the VTR game’s homepage:
“I will take this game down from newgrounds if the donation amount reaches $1000 US, i’ll take it down from here if it reaches $2000 US, and i will apologize if it reaches $3000 US.”
This quote seems to indicate that Ryan has no intention of leaving the game up permanently or having a channel for discourse (as I have done) but instead has unfortunately chosen an artist’s statement that reads more like a hostage note…
I would like to ask bloggers to consider not whether a game about the Virginia Tech shooting SHOULD be made but how we might go about making a game that accomplishes more than VTR does with the subject matter.
Full text of Ledonne’s comment here.