6 January, 2007
I just saw an article, “Exclusive: Columbine Game Kicked From Competition” over at Kotaku. In short, the game Super Columbine Massacre RPG was pulled from the Slamdance competition. There was mounting pressure and the threat of loss of sponsorship. Ah, nothing makes it easier to marginalize art than money.
I’ve talked about Making Art before, so I found this interesting. I just wish the game were a bit better quality so that it’d be something worth defending without reservation.
I think it’s interesting that a game like this is getting this type of negative attention. I think it’s mostly people that don’t want to think about the situation, and you certainly can’t portray the perpetrators as anything other than evil people that performed an evil deed. Sympathy for their situation is simply out of the question!
In further news, another game, Braid, is pulling out of the competition in sympathy. A pretty gutsy thing to do, since this type of exposure is often hard to come buy.
What are your thoughts?