AMERICAN INSTITUTION the National Rifle Association has released a shooting game, just weeks after it criticised first person shooter games.
Last month the NRA joined the rest of the world in expressing sadness at the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, and speculated whether it was games and violent imagery that were to blame.
"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse," it said in a statement.
"Then there's the blood-soaked slasher films like 'American Psycho' and 'Natural Born Killers' that are aired like propaganda loops on 'Splatterdays' and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it 'entertainment'... Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?"
It might be. That is for others to decide. But perhaps easier to decide would have been the question, "If you were the NRA, and had just released that statement, would you then release a shooting game?"
If your answer is no, you join those people that have so far commented on the release in the Apple store. If the answer is yes, then you could join the NRA because that is just what it has done.
It is not all about shooting and the NRA also provides news and tips about shooting and where and how to shoot through the app. We had a go. It is a tilt and click 3D shooter. It isn't great, but it is free. µ
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