Virginia Tech Video Game Receives Outrage, No One Surprised

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As a result of his creating the video game "V-Tech Massacre", Australian Ryan Lambourn, all of 21, has received plenty of criticism. However, he's also received plenty of attention, being featured on web mainstay MSN -- all this for a game that looks like something that's been rejected a Seal of Quality from Nintendo for its 1985 NES console.

Here's the deal: the game, in rather primitive 8-bit-like graphics, depicts a killer slaughtering students. It's not nearly as realistic as Manhunt or Grand Theft Auto, and doesn't have much on Pac Man violence. However, the name alone has suckered in the media. And, it might be enough to net Lambourn a few thousand bucks, if he's lucky. (Source:

According to the game's creator, he'll remove the game from the web for $2,000 US, and even apologize for $3,000. No one's particularly sure where Lambourn got his rather arbitrary "sales" goal, but thus far no one's buying. He hasn't received a single "donation", and he's not particularly shocked.

When asked why he produced a game that is somewhat reminiscent of last month's gruesome events in Virginia, Lambourn said he found making people angry, "funny". (Source:

So, is Lambourn a monster? You decide. He is, however, a great marketer. His game has unearthed a temporarily hushed debate over the freedom of speech in amateur and professional software development. It also got him in a whole lot of newspapers.

Some might consider that 'pretty impressive' for a twenty-one year old kid from West Sydney.

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