If you followed video games about a decade ago, you possibly remember the controversy surrounding Super Columbine Massacre RPG. The totally free indie title dissected the 1999 tragedy by putting players in control of shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, exploring the college (and their motivations) via 16-bit-style graphics and a familiar, leading-down RPG technique. Not absolutely everyone believed the title was in great taste to say the least. The game was a preferred target of anti-game-violence crusader Jack Thompson, for instance, and it was controversially removed from Slamdance’s “Guerilla GameMaker competition” in 2007.
Now, the creator of the Super Columbine Massacre RPG, Danny Ledonne, is embroiled in controversy once once more. The administration at Colorado’s Adams State University banned Ledonne from campus ahead of a recent film festival he’s helping to organize, citing his creation of the game in a letter that also refers to him as a public security concern.
ASU: “The game is about shooting students.”
“Reality: Mr. Ledonne developed a post-Columbine video game that recreates the horror of the Columbine HS shooting massacre,” ASU Police Chief Paul Grohowski writes in an open letter to the Adams State University discussing a trespass warning issued against Ledonne. “In this post-Columbine, hypersensitive world of mass shootings and violence on college campus’ nationwide, it is my duty to balance the cost-free speech and person rights against the public security of the a lot of,” the letter continues. “Despite the fact that, Mr. Ledonne’s behavior has not however breached the realm of violation of our laws, my recommendation to ban him from campus is sound, rational and errs on the side of public safety.”