Well, this is irony if I’ve ever seen it. Fresh off of accusing video games for the increased in gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association has released a new iOS game. Even more hypocritical of the group, which has become more of a laughing stock among non-right-wing nutjobs, is the fact that the game, titled NRA: Practice Range, was originally deemed appropriate for children four and up. It was only upon being lambasted by the gaming media that the NRA decided to up the age rating to 12 and older.
To be somewhat fair to the group, which actually pains me in doing so, they do try to encourage “safety, training, and education”. Unfortunately it’s through a first-person viewpoint which puts kids behind a gun — much like many of today’s “violent games”.
Practice Range is said to offer “a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations. It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible.”
Nothing says safety like teaching a kid how to properly load, aim, and fire a gun. This is about as hypocritical as the U.S. government officials blaming video games while supporting America’s Army game.
If you’d like to check out and make fun of NRA: Practice Range, you can find it on the App Store.