Columbine Massacre RPG creator banned from college campus, film festival [Updated]

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Ten years after its release, Super Columbine Massacre RPG is once again causing controversy for its creator.

Around 2007, the game was controversially eliminated from Slamdance’s “Guerilla GameMaker competition.” Jack Thompson, a crusader against game violence, became a primary focus of the game. Not everyone considered the title to be in good judgment. The game delved into the school environment and the intentions of shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris using graphics reminiscent of 16-bit style and a recognizable, overhead RPG mechanism. Super Columbine Massacre RPG was the center of controversy for those who followed video games approximately ten years ago.

Danny Ledonne, the developer of the Super Columbine Massacre RPG, is caught up in controversy once more. Ledonne, who is assisting in the coordination of a recent film festival, has been prohibited from setting foot on the campus by the authorities at Colorado’s Adams State University. In a letter that also labels him as a potential threat to public safety, the administration mentioned his invention of the game.

ASU: “The game is about shooting students.”

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Enlarge / A scene from Super Columbine Massacre RPG.

ASU Police Chief Paul Grohowski has written an open letter to Adams State University discussing a trespass warning issued against Mr. Ledonne. The letter states that Mr. Ledonne created a video game after the Columbine HS shooting massacre, which recreates the horror of the event. Chief Grohowski emphasizes the importance of balancing free speech and individual rights with public safety in the current climate of mass shootings and violence on college campuses across the nation. He acknowledges that, although Mr. Ledonne’s behavior has not yet violated any laws, he recommends banning him from campus as a precautionary measure that prioritizes public safety.

President Beverly McClure of ASU cited Ledonne’s creation of the game in an interview with the Alamosa Valley Courier, stating that the new policy, known as “Grata Non Persona,” allows students to shoot in the game. She explained, “What he claims is that the game shows or practices a policy that is really good. Tell me exactly how.”

In a letter response posted on his own website, Ledonne, who worked at ASU in 2011, summarizes the goal of his artist statement on the website as “creating a game to help everyday audiences understand the world of killers by moving closer to reaching actual solutions and understanding the ongoing epidemic of shootings. He writes that the graphics of his game, which are designed to undermine the implicit ‘glamour’ of shooting games from the early ’90s, are crude characterizations that address these issues.”

He was hired fully aware of his involvement in the game, “ASU was.” Ledonne also notes this in his response. He points out that in 2012, Dead You’re Bang, a play was performed that also examines the issue of school violence. Could anyone involved in this production be construed as a ‘threat to campus safety’? What about someone who produced a film about a school shooting or wrote an article or published a book? This is a grave threat to academic freedom and freedom of expression.

Previous issues with the school

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Enlarge / SCMRPG creator Danny Ledonne.

Ledonne has also been in a couple of positions about his loss of complaints with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). He argues for a more balanced pay structure for part-time employees. Ledonne pushes for greater transparency in salary information for the school, specifically for about 3,500 students. Recently, the Adams Watching website was launched for this purpose. Ledonne has been an outspoken critic of the school’s salary policies for adjunct professors. After losing his teaching position at ASU, Ledonne has gone beyond issues with ASU, including a decade-old computer game and vice versa.

According to Grohowski’s open letter, Ledonne has caused discomfort among many faculty and staff due to his actions, words, and behaviors. Additionally, he started harassing the Svaldi family on social media platforms. However, ASU administration officials have also alleged that Ledonne engaged in threatening and harassing behavior, although Ledonne strongly refutes these claims.

This was a concern regarding safety. During the interview with the Courier Valley, McClure stated that we went to the General Attorney’s office and looked at the timeline, focusing on targeting other community members and us. We also took into account the creation of the website, and noticed that there were patterns of behavior happening along with it.

Ledonne stated in the same article, “I do not pose a risk to anyone’s well-being. Throughout my existence, I have never engaged in a physical altercation with anyone. In connection with aggressive conduct, I have never been involved in any illegal actions, any actions.”

Ledonne states that officials from ASU are currently engaged in negotiations, but he is unable to provide any additional information at this time.

In the discussion about character Ledonne, there is an interesting reference to the RPG Massacre Columbine Super, which is now being used as potential evidence of a threat to public safety. It’s intriguing how this RPG game ban on campus is being referenced again.

Playing Columbine will be shown on campus tomorrow, and following the screening, Ledonne will engage in a panel discussion via webcam. Ledonne, the creator of the documentary Playing Columbine which explores the game and the associated controversy, had planned to organize the Southern Colorado Film Festival on the ASU campus last month. However, his involvement was hindered by a trespass warning.

On the Facebook page for the screening, the organizers state, “We, ASU students, are troubled by the management and implementation of authoritative powers at our university.” “We would like to discuss the Persona Non Grata policy and how it affects our rights under the first amendment as students, faculty, and staff… No one should have the authority or entitlement to ‘harmonize freedom of speech and individual rights.'”

Playing Columbine, whether it be the game or the documentary, those who have not experienced it themselves or those who have tried to exploit the game to depict me as a danger to campus security, fail to have a solid basis for their claims. It is clear that those who have attempted to use the game as a means to discredit my reputation and present me as a threat to campus safety are unfounded. Ledonne responded to a comment request from Ars Technica, stating that it is evident that SCMRPG is being utilized to tarnish my character without any valid grounds. Update (11/18, 10am EST).

During my time at ASU, he brought to my attention a pattern of behavior or concern for campus safety. He stated, “It was widely discussed and received attention upon its release, specifically because it represents a cutting-edge way to utilize media, SCMRPG, and it was a laudatory body of work from my previous department chair.” Ledonne reiterated that he never came up with any involvement with the game during his years of employment.

Ledonne, who firmly supported his work, inquired whether he felt any remorse for his participation in the game now that it was being used against him. “I find it equally unfeasible to feel regret for creating SCMRPG at the age of 23 as it is to feel regret for sketching a dragon at the age of 6… However, what has become evident is that when SCMRPG is mentioned without proper context or explanation, solely to silence a critical voice against the ASU administration, it becomes a manipulative attempt to exploit concerns about campus safety while disregarding academic freedom.”