Monday, December 24, 2012

The hypocrisy of the NRA: NRA-branded video games to fill your stockings with

Last Friday, the National Rifle Association seemed to want to point to any possible cause for the Sandy Hook tragedy aside from guns, including video games and movies. What was interesting, though, is that while the NRA listed a number of games, it failed to name any of its own.

That's right, there are quite a few games with the label NRA on them. While it's not likely that the NRA itself coded any of these, it did allow the developers or publishers to use the NRA trademark, which is tacit approval. MediaIte pointed out a few of these on Christmas Eve, Monday.

Not all of these seem easily available at sellers such as Amazon.com, but some are. Among the games which the NRA failed to point out last Friday are:

NRA Varmint Hunter:
NRA Varmint Hunter is a new game released with the National Rifle Association. You'll go out to the prairie and clear ranch country of little varmints. Shoot the ground hogs and prairie dogs so they don't dig up fruits and vegetables -- and see if you can bag the most!
Amazon.com's reviewers noted the irony of the NRA blaming video games while approving of these.

mrsussex gave it a one-star rating, while saying "Wayne LaPierre is telling me to kill -- Wayne LaPierre sold me this game, it sucks, but now I want to kill as many people as I can - he was right!!"

NRA Gun Club: The game is so bad there isn't even a blurb at Amazon.com (we do have a demo video, below), and even the real reviews say so. One reviewer (and there are more) took the NRA to task:

Andrew gave it a one-star review, while saying: "Dangerous -- I bought this game for my ten year old and now he wants a gun. He borrowed mine but apparently this game doesn't actually teach gun handling skills and now our cat is dead. Would not recommend this game."

NRA High Power Competition: not available at Amazon.com, but most “user scores” seem to rank it in the “bad” category.

While it is, of course, hypocritical of the NRA to blame video games while being involved in publishing them, there is one good thing about these video games. They all stink, apparently, which means no one will be playing them.

Perhaps that is the NRA's point: put out such bad gun-related video games that they can't themselves be accused of fostering gun violence.

Let's be honest: these are old, obsolete games. However, the point is that the NRA pointed out a 10-year-old Flash game, Kindergarten Killer, in its rant on Friday. If the organization can pull that sort of thing, others can too.





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