Super Columbine Massacre RPG!

Platform: PC

Year: 2005

The tragedy that struck Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado has been the subject of many documentaries and essays, but few drew as much ire as Super Columbine Massacre RPG!. In the game you play as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold on the day of their April 20, 1999 shooting spree. The reenactment of the tragedy is truncated a little by the 16-bit graphics, but there's an undeniable sense of sadness that washes over the player as they relive the day as the mass murderers.

While the mainstream media accused the game for being a vicious murder simulator bent on tormenting the victims of the attack, those who played it found that it offered a poignant social commentary that was absent from cultural dialog. Using flashbacks to show Eric and Dylan's tortured life as social outcasts provided context to the feelings of ostracization that led to their breakdown. Using an accurate timeline of their torment and verbatim excerpts from their home videos and personal diaries, the game provides an intimate exploration of what could drive someone to this form of violent outburst.