In a move I can only characterize as rank unvarnished hypocrisy, the National Rifle Association has just released a gun range game where you can shoot at “coffin-shaped” human silhouette targets. The ink isn’t even dry on reporters’ dutiful relaying of the NRA’s last attempt to blame video games for the Sandy Hook shooting, and the game-burning fires are barely quenched, and there they are, releasing a video game of their very own!
I absolutely adore the fact that they chose a medium like iOS, where such violent games are apparently not subject to ESRB ratings the way they are in storefronts or even digital distribution methods like Steam or Playstation Network. They’re evidently only subject to Apple’s own internal and non-standardized rating scheme. And, sure, Apple certainly did rate it… for ages 4+. Who doesn’t want to start a kid early on learning to aim for the head or the heart?
Think Progress notes that the NRA also had a Hollywood Guns exhibit extolling the guns used in Hollywood films, even while they blamed violent movies for gun murders. So here they are, making a video game supposedly to teach proper gun handling (I’m guessing, sight-unseen, by making you read cut-screens between rounds), and where the only goal is to learn how to blow holes in human-shaped targets with bonus points for a kill shot. And don’t forget the target practice you get to do in a real-world environment in the Hunting Range module!
The best part about this app is that you can upgrade to an MK11 sniper rifle for an extra $0.99. Get your toddler primed on how to use a sniper rifle against human targets and living creatures in the wild, before they have to do it in real life! But don’t dare let them play Resistance with its hyper-realistic… err… magnum that shoots explosive charges… and plasma rifle that goes bweee when you select it.