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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:27 PM

NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Newtown, But Partnered With Company That Makes Them

NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Newtown, But Partnered With Company That Makes Them
By Tim Murphy| Mother Jones
Fri Dec. 21, 2012 10:42 AM PST


A still from the 2006 game, NRA Gun Club. Crave Entertainment

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In his first public comments since last Friday's shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre sought to place the blame for gun violence where it truly belonged: the makers of video games. "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," LaPierre said.

But LaPierre's speech left out a key detail: His own organization has a video game, too. It's called NRA Gun Club, it was released in 2006 for PlayStation 2, and according to the top-ranked review on Amazon, it "could very well be the single worst game in the history of games." The game, which was rated "E" for kids 10 and older, featured a handgun on the cover with four bullets and consisted entirely of various target-shooting exercises. Gamers can shoot inanimate objects like watermelons, bottles, and clay pigeons, using one of over 100 different kinds of brand-name, licensed firearms like Beretta.

NRA Gun Club didn't have the kind of blood-and-guts violence LaPierre specifically attacked in his speech—but it was made by a company that makes its money off exactly that. Crave Entertainment, which produced NRA Gun Club, also released a game called Trigger Man, which, as the name suggests, is about a mob hit-man. IGN notes that as part of the game, players "will need to outfit themselves with the tools of the trade from body armor and over 14 weapons, to silencers to make the 'hit.'" Another release from Crave is Bad Boys: Miami Takedown. As you could probably guess from the Will Smith movie that inspired it, there's a lot of shooting—and not of the clay pigeon variety:

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More: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/12/national-rifle-association-has-video-game-too


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Reply NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Newtown, But Partnered With Company That Makes Them (Original post)
WillyT Dec 2012 OP
nc4bo Dec 2012 #1
Kolesar Dec 2012 #2
Bjorn Against Dec 2012 #3
WillyT Dec 2012 #5
Bjorn Against Dec 2012 #8
R. Daneel Olivaw Dec 2012 #4
WillyT Dec 2012 #6
leftlibdem420 Dec 2012 #7
rustydog Dec 2012 #9

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:30 PM

1. Well color me surprised..........not!

Follow the money find the slimy hypocrisy.

There's another for Team Family Values, Incorporated.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:48 PM

2. During a week when the mouthbreathers are whining about "Hollywood productions" ... eom

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:50 PM

3. Even Rupert Murdoch's IGN gave it a horrible review

They gave it a 1.5 out of ten, that is even worse than it sounds when you consider that IGN typically rates an average game a 7 rather than a 5 and rarely gives scores below 3.

They say "throwing rocks at the wall is more stimulating".

http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/11/27/nra-gun-club-review

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:06 AM

5. NOT The Point... But Good Info... Thanks !!!




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Response to WillyT (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:08 AM

8. Not saying it was the point, just saying it was a terrible game

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:33 PM

4. I was actually wondering aloud to the wife when something like this would be dug up.


Shameful doesn't begin to describe the actions of the NRA.

Thanks, WillyT, for the link and affirmation of my ruminations.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:07 AM

6. You Are Quite Welcome !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:08 AM

7. Crave sucks.

 

They made some shit Final Fantasy 7 rip off 15 years ago and they're still producing garbage.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:15 AM

9. Wayne LaPierre: "Look over there! The Media, the media!!!! violent games!!!!

We need more guns!

The asinine assumption that introducing another firearm (whether in the hands of law enforcement or a CCW "hero") will automatically result in the "good guy" being able to take out the shooter.
Even though Columbine proves his assertion false. A deputy assigned to the school took 4 shots at one of the shooters and missed, the shooter entered the school and continued the slaughter...Look! The Media! Look video games!!!!

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