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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Bullshit-ometer Just Broke

So apparently everyone is freaking the fuck out about some mod for Half Life 2 called School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. What's it about? You guessed it, going on a school killing spree.

From Huffington Post:

The object of School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, a Source modification of Half-Life 2, is to murder as many defenseless students, teachers and members of staff as possible. To do so, the player uses weapons based on those used by the likes of Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. After completing the spree, the player is encouraged to commit suicide before being captured by law enforcement officials.
Game developer Jaime Lombe (aka Pawnstick) told Escapist Magazine that he created the game because other school shooting games just weren't that much fun. "Nobody has ever tried create a proper game about a school shooting," he said, adding that he was not particularly moved by the tragedy at Columbine. "The way the news victimized the victims and overplayed the evil of the shooters disgusted me more than the actual shootings themselves." 

In response to the game, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors released a statement (PDF) decrying "the development and marketing of video games that present such video activities as 'fun'." The statement continued: "As campus mental health professionals who first hand experience the tragedy and devastation that occurs in the aftermath of campus violence, AUCCCD believes the production of such products is most deplorable and unfortunate." 

In a statement, Scott Reismanis, founder of the game's source site ModDB, said that he removed the game due to pressure from critics.
Lombe said that the game will be released despite the setback.

Some news coverage of the game:

Alright let me start by saying I don't condone these games. That being said, have any of these critics played Grand Theft Auto? I mean you can go on ridiculous senior-citizen beating sprees and set people on fire and do all sorta of crazy shit. You can partake in drug trafficking and heroin deals. But heroin dealers don't have lobby groups, so no one bitches about GTA except Hillary Clinton circa 1998. It was the same thing for the GTA Hot Coffee Mod which let you control a porno basically.

Remember good old Hot Coffee?

These games are no worse than Grand Theft Auto or any game like it. Fuckin' a in GTA you can drunk drive fuck and kill anyone you want. Does that mean people who play it drink and drive and fuck and kill people more often than people who don't? Doubtful. I just hate when people bitch about one single video game, either they are all okay or they aren't. Make up your fucking minds.

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