Montreal Police: Dawson College Massacre Developer Won't Be Charged

September 15, 2010 -

Montreal police will not charge the creator of a game that uses the September 2006 shooting at Dawson College that left one dead and 19 injured. Police said that they could not charge the 23-year-old Ontario man who goes by the name "Virtuaman" because no one could accuse him of an actual crime.

His crime, according to some who were deeply offended by the game, was recreating killer Anastasia DeSousa’s violent rampage. While the Montreal police department has asked for the game to be removed because it is not "socially sensitive or moral," the creator has no obligation to do so.

The game, a simple top-down action game called Dawson College Massacre, was released on September 8. It is available on Newgrounds.com now. Despite the complaints, Newgrounds has not taken the game down.

While the game remains online, "Virtuaman" posted a lengthy statement on the game's page to apologize and try to explain why he made the game in the first place. Below is an excerpt from the Newgrounds page where he tries to speak directly to citizens of Montreal, who have been subjected to a number of news stories on the game:

"In the end I can see that Montreal is most angry with this games existence and at me for creating it. For that I can only say, it is only a game, it was not created with the purpose of offending anyone specifically, it was not created to make money(I never received and never will receive money for this game.), it was created to bring attention to the reality of school shootings, it was created to explore an area that is unexplored, it was created to teach others that this is what happens in a school shooting. Why? Because damn near all of you are in a college or high school and you should be educated about such things."

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Re: Montreal Police: Dawson College Massacre Developer ...

Oh boy....thought police....


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He who controls the past can easily change the future. 

Good thing Thought Police dont have to think. 

 

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I am so glad they couldn't press charges against the developer cinsidering he did nothing illegal.

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 Didn't know about the Dawson incident now I do ... I would say the game was a success than on bringing light to something that occurred.

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Wait, wait, wait... "killer Anastasia DeSousa’s violent rampage"...?  I'm sorry, but it's doesn't reflect well on this site when a journalist confuses the name of the shooter (Kimveer Gill) with one of his victims.

That said, as a graduate of Dawson College, I haven't played Dawson College Massacre.  However, if I understand its creator's rationale, the point of making the game was similar to Danny Ledonne's for creating Super Columbine Massacre RPG.  Quite frankly, if video games allow people to explore topics in ways other media never could, I see reason enough to support it, however tasteless some might argue that subject matter to be.

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The game, a simple top-down action game called Dawson College Massacre, was released on September 8. It is available on Newgrounds.com now. Despite the complaints, Newgrounds has not taken the game down.

As well they shouldn't. Newgrounds is a free area of expression, not your personal toy to use as a means for creating a nanny state. And if anyone is offended, then don't play their fucking games or watch their movies or even go to their website. And quit pushing your morality on us.

 

Yeesh, talk about pointing out the obvious. :p

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This game is hard. One shot kill deaths for the player.

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Just like in real life. 

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I remember when the VA Tech incident occured and people were bugging about that as well.  Problem is, Newgrounds is meant to be a free site to express anything, and thats what Tom Fulp said when complaints came to remove the game.

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Didn't help when the kid who made it decided to be a complete douche and demand money in exchange for removal of the game.

Re: Montreal Police: Dawson College Massacre Developer ...

 Well that's good news. Also taking a look at the game it does seem like the creator was trying to say something and it wasn't just some mindless shooter like some other games we've seen of this nature. 

 
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