Lord Crimson

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V-Tech Rampage

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Cho V-Tech Rampage

Now for something completely different, well maybe not. It didn’t take long for a computer game to emerge that is based on the mass murder at Virginia Tech. Ryan Lambourn of Sydney Australia created a Flash shooter game that places the player in the roll of South Korean born Seung-Hui Cho. The goal is to follow the storyline of Cho as he commits his crime and to kill as many students as possible before the police arrive.

Normally I don’t get too bent out of shape about any computer game because it’s just that, a game. If I don’t like it, I don’t play it. But this one goes over the line in so many ways that I feel the need to at least make a comment.

First, Lambourn’s lack of compassion for the victims families is obvious and crosses the line of good taste if not common decency.

In addition to Lambourn’s lack of taste his action borders on criminal activity. It seems he specifically created the game to be controversial and is resorting to extortion by demanding money as a condition for it to be removed from public access. I suppose we can all make of that what we will.

As for the game itself, the quality is an embarrassment to anyone that has ever created a flash game. If you are going to create a game at least have the decency to create a good one. But then that wasn’t his intention, was it?

Written by Lord Crimson

May 17, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Posted in Computer Games, News

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  1. Nothing like distasteful art.


    May 17, 2007 at 11:09 pm

  2. That’s just sick!


    May 18, 2007 at 4:23 am

  3. As the news media was reporting this story, some of the commentators made personal statements of how terrible it was for Lambourn to try and make money from the deaths of these students. How wrong it was to take advantage of people and their misfortunes.

    I couldn’t help but think what a bunch of hypocrites. The news media is an industry specifically designed to thrive and profit on the death and misfortunes of others. They make people famous for their bad behavior and will certainly take no responsibility for inspiring the next murder spree or poorly conceived computer game.

    Lord Crimson

    May 18, 2007 at 11:04 am

  4. My first thought was, “I wonder what took him so long?” Sad, but true. It seems there is no lack of people who will take any truly tragic occurence and turn it into a sideshow.

    What a waste of space he must be – although, maybe I shouldn’t be so judgmental, perhaps he hasn’t the intelligence to make any positive impact. Perhaps, this is his personal best? I wouldn’t be surprised.


    May 20, 2007 at 7:32 pm

  5. Hi WC

    You’re right. It seems we can always count on someone coming along after the fact looking to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame. And of course the media is only to willing to oblige.

    Creating a flash game even one of poor quality takes a great deal of time and effort. Just as a curiosity of such people I downloaded the program and decompiled it so I could examine his code. Although he does possess a certain amount of skill, his storyline comments and the way he names certain variables gives an indication that he has greater issues than this game.

    I suppose the best we can hope for is that some day he will develop his talent for good, but in the mean time I’m glad he lives in Australia.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    May 20, 2007 at 9:48 pm

  6. Hi LC,

    Should I add him to the potential antiChrist list?

    the Grit

    the Grit

    May 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm

  7. Hi Grit

    Nope. not in this case. Let’s just call him a misguided youth with the burden of poor parenting. Besides, I’ve still got my money on Gordon Brown as top contender for the title of antiChrist. Glad he lives in England.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    May 21, 2007 at 8:28 pm

  8. LC,

    You’re absolutely right, there it is. He must be the AC because of his support for the War in Iraq and those pesky ID cards (666)

    Foreign policy Brown remains committed to the Iraq war but said in his speech on Friday that he would “learn the lessons” from the mistakes made in Iraq. He remains staunchly pro-American, but had said that he wants a more “solid but not slavish” relationship with Washington.

    ID cards Brown’s campaign manager has hinted that one of Blair’s unpopular key policies will be reviewed. The cost of the £5.5 billion scheme is spiraling. However, Brown said on 12 May that he would press ahead with it.

    ………..Next Stop Lauderdale


    May 22, 2007 at 5:11 pm

  9. Hi all,

    So, I take it, you want me to add Brown to the list. Done! Anyone else? I’m usually open to suggestions.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    May 22, 2007 at 8:43 pm

  10. I think that is one of the most disturbing and sickening things I have heard of late. Not only does it make light of what happened at VT, but it also gives the idea that it was okay. So wrong.


    May 22, 2007 at 10:30 pm

  11. Hi Steve

    The Grit’s partner the Brit presented a fairly detailed review of Mr. Brown a while back. From what I could gather he seems to carry a hatred for basic freedoms. More government all the time.

    I currently have him in the top spot because he meets certain criteria necessary for the position of antiChrist. He will probably remain there until a better contender appears.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    May 22, 2007 at 11:22 pm

  12. Hi Grit

    Yes, Brown to the top of the list please.

    I would like to add Jimmy Carter to the list, but he obviously lacks any of the necessities it would require to deceive everyone. A token non-starter at best.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    May 22, 2007 at 11:32 pm

  13. Hi Kenzie – Welcome to the Realm

    At best the game was a cruel joke. He mentioned that games are created everyday whose objective is to kill a certain group of people. The only thing he forgot is those games portray fictional people, but his game portrays real individuals. Hopefully, he will one day learn the difference.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    May 22, 2007 at 11:50 pm

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