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V-Tech shootings retold as a flash game

10:45 AM on 05.14.2007 // Niero Desu

We knew it would happen sooner or later ... and here it is. Newgrounds just published a flash game based on the student shootings at Virginia Tech. This crude third person flash game allows you to play through the events as Cho Seung-Hui, navigating through campus to carry out the massacre methodically. Take a deep sigh and give it a go.

So who made it? Background info on the game designer and quotes from his blog that will make your blood boil after the jump.

The flash designer is Ryan Lambourn, an Australian living in Sydney who goes by the name "PigPen" and runs a site called  After posting the image above named "Go Cho" he wrote the following on his blog:

"I've been working on a game based on the VTech Massacre! ...yeah, yeah, im a horrible person, i know." 

At least he knows what he's getting himself into. It gets worse. This exchange between him and the FlashPortal operator (that refused to post the game) is also notable:

FP: You should be shot for making that game! Go f*ck off and die b*tch!"

PP:  ORLY? THEN ITS TIME FOR A BARBEQUE! I'll bring the meat, negroes bring the koolaid!

So yeah, he's approximately 48 hours away from getting his head kicked in by somebody. Nice MegaMan shirt, though. 

Although the game isn't as polished as the others it will be compared to (Namely I'm OK and Super Columbine Massacre RPG), PigPen's game is just short of awful. In its defense, it's short and has structure. If you don't follow the plan accordingly, the cops capture you early. If you walk into a classroom, the game engine makes the walls transparent. When you fire shots near pedestrians, they'll freak out and start screaming and running. It's amateur but not too bad for a Flash platform.

The icing on the cake is definitely the soundtrack -- Collective Soul's 1994 single "Shine" plays on a constant loop in the background. The song's uplifting lyrics juxtaposed to the shooting is just about the creepiest thing in the game. Why that song? Ryan notes:

"It was one of Cho's favorite songs." 

When you add this all up, it seems like the V-Tech shooting are secondary to the details put into the game. Although it's never stated, I can't help but feel that this his tribute to Cho. What a waste of talent.


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