Apparently video games are so bad that the NRA have joined forces with MEDL Mobile, Inc. to create NRA: Practice Range for iOS. How are they doing this? By marketing it as a "knowledge" game.
Firstly, let's see what this knowledge app does
Meet NRA: Practice Range – the NRA’s new mobile nerve center, delivering one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources.
SAFETY, TRAINING & EDUCATION
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.
✔ Read up on critical safety and training tips!
✔ Get the latest news and legislation updates!
✔ Know your rights from state to state!
✔ Always stay informed!
NRA: Practice Range also offers 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.
✔ 9 firearms
✔ 3 immersive shooting ranges
✔ 3 distinct difficult levels
✔ Analog & Gyroscope game controls
✔ Game Center integration
So it's not Call of Duty, but instead promotes "safe and responsible ownership" by shooting coffins. That makes perfect sense (if you have no understanding of logic). For an organisation which do nothing but cause trouble with the US Government and make Fox News-style invalid points linking mass shootings, something tragic, with video games, something fun. IF, in the extreme case, a video gamer causes a mass shooting BECAUSE of a video game, the mental state of that person (Ed's note: Not trying to be rude here, just making a valid point) needs to be looked at before the finger is pointed towards video games.
The truth is that a very large majority of people can differentiate between what we should and should not do, as well as what is real and what isn't. Call of Duty is a game which involves shooting, sure, but not of innocent civilians. The Grand Theft Auto franchise is very similar, although I spend most of my playing time driving (and hitting the occasional hundred buildings). In no ways do these games promote shooting civilians at all. Even most war games make you fail a mission if you hit a civilian. That is no way excusable for a mass shooting of innocent people
Back onto the point of this entire article - the NRA. Let's pretend their absurd theories are correct - shooting games are evil. The NRA are right, and to make an even more valid point they'll make their own game as a result.
An excellent quote from Lilly O'Donnell at Pollymic sum up most of my thoughts.
If the NRA really believes that violent video games lead to violence in real life, they can’t have it both ways. They can’t promote video game shooting, and make money off of it, and then stand back and self-righteously claim that the specter of a corrupt gaming industry is to blame for violence but that their own hands are cleanHowever Lilly forgot the most disgusting thing about this app - it's rated 4+. What the NRA are saying is that four year olds, the age of some of the kids in the Sandy Hook shooting in December can learn this rubbish. I don't understand the NRA's logic - Call of Duty is MA15+ in Australia and M(17+) in the United States, while an "educational" shooting game can be played by FOUR YEAR OLDS. Mind = blown.
Well done, NRA. You're a bunch of geniuses, aren't you?
(Ed's note: I do apologise if some of the issues I've brought up in the article are somewhat upsetting, but I had to discuss them. Please keep it PG in the comments; this is a sensitive topic at the moment (and probably will be for a long while, actually).
Normal posting resumes now.)