Super Columbine controversy continues

12 01 2007

The fall-out from the Super Columbine controversy continues. Since Aleks covered it on Wednesday and keith stuart chipped in today with the Technology column, things have moved on with several other competitors from the Slamdance Games competition dropping out in protest.

One developer and finalist, Jason Rohrer, has written an open letter to the remaining entrants pleading with them not to follow suite: “Everyone seems to be pulling out now, and I don’t think it’s the best move. That just leads to silence, and what we need is discussion.”

Hmm, I’m not sure the many thousands of lines of blog coverage the protests have prompted constitutes silence – I’d say it has kept the story on the global agenda. The alternative was to protest to a roomful of people at the festival itself – worthy, perhaps, but unlikely to capture the attention or imagination of the blogging public.

So far my favourite coverage of the upset has been on game designer Greg Costikyan’s blog, Game * Design * Art * Culture. First he ran his own defense of Super Columbine, then the next day a friend’s rather cutting and critical antithesis.

As far as videogame scandals go, this is a hell of a lot more interesting and relevant than Hot Coffee.

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