IGDA Screens Film About Controversial Columbine Game Tonight

November 27, 2007 -
The Montreal chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will hold a screening of Playing Columbine: A True Story of a Video Game Controversy tonight.

The documentary film by Danny Ledonne (left), details why he created Super Columbine Massacre RPG as well as the intense reaction to his game. 

The screening is among the events at this week's Montreal International Game Summit.

IGDA executive director Jason Della Rocca told GamePolitics that Ian Bogost of Persuasive Games, game designer Genova Chen (flOw) and Joel Kornek, a survivor of the 2006 Dawson College shooting rampage, will be among the attendees. All three appear in the documentary.

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I've been helping Danny edit the film down, and its starting to get pretty lean. This cut could still shed another 15 to 20 minutes, but its like whittling, its gets harder and harder to take away stuff without maligning the design. Its a pretty good movie though, and I really want to emphasize that it goes into the future of games, other important games, and what we can do as players and designers to better explore and represent the medium - Ledonne and SCMRPG are really beginning and end points for this discussion.

Well, itll be some interesting stuff to watch wont it? Personally, the game is good on a first amendment stand point as its flexing his freedom muscles, but still a lil' bit outta taste. But then again, who knows? might be a half descent game. Just hope the survivor isnt offended by it too much. GL with it.

ps: GL is for the show, not the game which i know is already out. Just to clarify.

I downloaded the game last night and plan on playing it this week. I have always read about it, supported the idea behind it, but never actually played it. I look forward to it.

I can't wait for this movie and Moral Kombat to come to the public so that I can watch it.

actully, the game was quit fine.
i did not finsh it yet, but i have to say it casn tastless for some.
but in the end its only a game.
the tragdy was hard, but dont forget whos resposable.
it was the parent, the pathatic gun laws, and the tv whos looking for scapegout( poor manson, and vg)

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The common perception people have of this film, as the GP article alludes to, is that it is solely about SCMRPG and its controversy. In truth, that is a starting point for looking at a swath of games that tackle serious issues. Much of the film looks at how controversy is covered in the press, the school shooting phenomenon, and the future of games as an expressive medium. But SCMRPG is the main character, in essence, because it touches on all these issues.

I am doing select screenings now as the film is being trimmed, mixed, and scored to get the best possible documentary for people (gamers and otherwise) to begin engaging these subjects. It is my hope that the film encourages debate long after I have left it in pursuit of other (non-videogame, non-Columbine) film productions...

So will this ever be on DVD or some other way for non-members of these groups to see it.?

I find it funny that people are aguring over the fact on why Danny did this...For fame and controversy or to make a point.

People fight over anything these days...yeap anything...

Danny is making a whole freaking documentary over all this hype....what about that one kid who made the game with Cho who was very immature and satire and basically addmited that he did it for the lulz.

I don't understand how people can sit there and say Danny did it for the lulz as well when he is dead serious about all these.

Each to there own...

@Merc25:

This will absolutely be on DVD. I am putting the film through the festival circuit next year with DVD distribution thereafter. I'm sure GP will cover this but check periodically on the 'News' page of the film's website for updates on this.

I went to see it. It was brilliant. Unfortunately this cut didn't include anything from the Philadelphia debate, or else I missed it. Still, lots of material get covered, many events/games, many points of view. Definitively worth checking out.

There is a part in the movie mentioning how the game was originally released anonymously, and some guy exposed Danny in order to force him to "own up" to it. And then he proceeded to do so in such an eloquent and spectacular way. It really makes you appreciate all he's done and what he's had to put up with. Thanks for everything, Danny.

I was up in Montreal this week for MIGS, and while I did not get a chance to view the film myself (I was stuck doing some urgent paperwork and couldn't make it to the party) everyone I talked to found it to be quite excellent. The biggest thing I noted is that several people who had a very negative attitude towards the Columbine game itself came away some very different ideas after the movie. In several instances I talked to folks who said that after seeing the film they had a much better idea of what the game was trying to accomplish, and had a much better appreciation for it as a piece of commentary, rather than something designed with shock value in mind.

I've seen... a few clips... from the the third cut of the documentary and it kicked ass as far as documentaries go. Before anyone asks: Verbal NDA.
 
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Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
Mattsworknameimproperly. Neither is good, but one is on the edge of censorship to me, while the other is demanding some level of accountability from public media provider. but thats just my view point07/28/2015 - 8:36pm
MattsworknameEZK: You can treat it as bullying or what not, As I've pointed out, I didn't like either practice, I made that clear. But I do hold some different between trying to pull a product from the shelves, and calling out a media outlet that you feel has acted07/28/2015 - 8:35pm
E. Zachary KnightMatt, So you feel confident enough to make the call that petitioning target to remove GTAV is "bullying and threatening" but not confident enough to make the call on Intel/Gamasutra. Finding it hard to take your gripes seriously.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAs for gamers holding media sites accountable? If you mean, how to respond to opinion pieces you disagree with, yes, there are tons of more appropriate means.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAgain, no one likes being lumped in with the bad apples. Gamers or feminists so lets all strive not to do that, yes? Could the petitioners gone about it a better way? Yes, it could have been more factual in its petition, for starters.07/28/2015 - 8:25pm
 

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