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?