NRA: Practice Range Released on iOS Devices

It's hard to argue against a culture of violence influencing children when you release an iOS app that teaches kids ages 4+ how to aim a gun and more accurately shoot. Not that the newly released NRA-licensed game developed by MEDL Mobile, Inc. will turn your tiny tot into a killing machine – nor does the game include any type of violent content save the ability to fire a handgun at human shaped targets and clay targets. And to its credit, the game also offers plenty of safety tips for players to keep them from doing stupid things – we assume – in real life. It does include in-app purchases for additional firearms as well.

"NRA: Practice Range puts the NRA’s broad scope of resources in the palm of your hand – with 2nd Amendment newsfeeds, gun law information centers and educational materials that you can access anywhere, anytime," reads a description of the game on its product page on Apple's iTunes Store.

While the game itself is tame (the age rating might be considered questionable by some), it is interesting that the NRA chose a developer who has in the past created games that it railed against in its press conference following the shootings in Newton, Connecticut.

At a glance, the company's credits include Cheech & Chong's The Fatty, My Wild Night with Ted – Ted the Movie, Shotgun Free, and Shotgun Free 2 Duel. You can learn more about the company here.

Source: Polygon

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    MechaTama31 says:

    I guess we're just operating on different definitions of the words sarcasm and irony, then.  The article is saying the NRA is being hypocritical, and it uses the bogus "murder simulator" trope we are constantly fighting against as its argument for what makes the NRA hypocritical.  If that trope is used sarcastically, or ironically, or whatever you want to call it, then what's the point of the article?  "The NRA is hypocritical because of this reason that we don't actually believe in"?  That's why I'm saying, in the context of the rest of the article, I have to read that as a straight statement, not sarcasm or irony, because I assume the article is not meant to be self-defeating.

    And I know this isn't the indicator of some paradigm shift where GP will now be of the opinion that video games somehow give you real world training in aiming and shooting guns.  But it is a cheap shot, and tongue-in-cheek though it may be, trotting out the "murder simulator" trollop, which we have rejected so many times before, to make its point is in pretty poor taste.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "I don't really see how it's sarcastic."

    Because of the clearly ironic language used.  If you don't see it, I don't know what to tell ya.  Just chalk it up to a weak opening paragraph and move on, I guess.  Hopefully you believe me when I say we absolutely did not intend to say or imply that an iOS target shooter improves accuracy with real guns, that there's little separation between the real world and the video game world, or that NRA-produced games work differently or are held to different standards than the industry proper's games.


    Andrew Eisen

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    MechaTama31 says:

    I don't really see how it's sarcastic.  A straight, non-sarcastic reading of it fits the point the rest of the article is making better than a sarcastic reading of it does.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    Why stoop to their level?  Is the petty thrill of throwing their asinine argument back in their face worth straying from our message that the video game world and the real world are separate?

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    jedidethfreak says:

    They blamed games with violence, not games with guns.  They then released a game with no violence in it, but guns.

    I don't see the problem as being with the game.  Only with people who are too insecure with themselves and their hobbies, or people who don't see their own hypocrisy.

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    the1jeffy says:

    I check in on occasion.  I don't post much, because the (ECA) forums are blocked on the webfilters at work.  Stuff's been real over the last few years – unemployment, kid, house, etc.  I find that my time is far more allocated on stuff I HAVE to do, rather than LIKE to do.

    That being said, now that I've renewed my login here, I might stick around.  Still an ECA member, just not as 'active.'  I see you are a big wheel here.  'Grats, dude.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "Does aiming and shooting in a video game train you how to use a real gun or not?"

    Oh come on, you've been around here long enough.  GP's just turning the NRA and other anti-game orgs' words back on them.


    Andrew Eisen

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    MechaTama31 says:

    So I'm confused, GP.  Does aiming and shooting in a video game train you how to use a real gun or not?  I guess when someone is trying to blame a shooting on video games, it doesn't, but if you see an opportunity to get in a dig at the NRA it does?

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    Holy crap!  Haven't seen you 'round these parts in years!

    "Slow news day, GP?"

    We posted 10 stories today so it wasn't particularly slow, no.


    Andrew Eisen

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