At 5/15/07 04:54 PM, Ross wrote:
Does this game have any merit, or is it strictly an exercise in poor taste? Are you offended by it? Did you enjoy playing it? Should it be taken down? What do you think?
Though it is without a doubt one of the most tasteless things I've seen recently, I'd like to defend it and support its presence here on Newgrounds.
It has merit for the simple fact that it's not directly harming anybody and does nothing more than inspire emotion. Free speech is just that in that it gives everyone the right to say or project any idea they want, no matter how absurd, idiotic, or completely retarded it may be.
Pendulums always swing far to both sides. We (as the general population) seem to like to glorify our tragedies to the world and inspire mass sympathy. While what happened in Virginia was terrible and does warrant that kind of consolidation, once broadcasted ad nauseum, I think it's to be expected that this kind of response (Pigpen's game) to be inevitable.
I'm sure if I knew anybody at V-tech or was directly affected by the loss, my opinion might be different, however that's only speculation. I'd like to think that I would still support this game either way and stay objective and far removed from my own ego to see that even things in offensive taste have as much a place in our society as things contrary.
Now, whether it stay on Newgrounds (being a private organization with its own sponsors to answer to) or not isn't up to me, but since it's been asked, this is my opinion.
Personally and in light of what those people had to endure, yes, it's offensive. There's no doubt about that. But I don't think that's grounds to remove the game, because that too is nothing more than my own opinion.
Newgrounds has always showcased this kind of thing. It is "Everything by Everyone", not "What we think is appropriate by a select few people." If it didn't have a place on this site, it would have been fairly Blammed by our peers, simple as that. By it even being here at all, the majority of NG users have already clearly made the case that it should not be removed.
Pico's school generated controversy.
The OK City bombing game generated the same.
Smoking Kills pissed people off,
and even Club a Seal started a whole mess of garbage for Newgrounds, but all of them stayed on board and weren't removed, supporting the fact that this website and its content are fairly managed by the people who come here and support it every day.
Don't remove the game. If you do that, you're going to have to remove everything else on this site because one thing or another is going to upset at least someone for some reason.
It belongs here, if anything as a testament to the fact that even assholes have the right to open their mouths from time to time.