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article imageNRA launches 'NRA - Practice Range,' an ages 4+ iOS game

By Can Tran     Jan 14, 2013 in Politics
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has launched a shooting range simulation game for the Apple iOS called "NRA: Practice Range" in which the ratings are 4+.
With the video game industry being one of the scapegoats in the events that led to 20-year-old Adam Lanza perpetrating the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and the recent meeting between United States Vice President Joe Biden and representatives of the video game industry, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has launched its own iPhone game called “NRA: Practice Range.” This is a game for the Apple iOS; meaning, this game is only available for the Apple iPhone. However, you could still use it for the iPad due to the operating system compatibility. Make sure you have at least iOS 4.2 installed on your Apple device. It is unknown if or when they might do this for Android or Windows phones. For the time being, it's only for the iPhone.
What might get the attention of most people is that the rating is four and up. Meaning, this game is for children that are at least four years old. For a first-person shooting game, that's pretty much unheard of. Many first-person let alone first-person shooter games such as “Call of Duty,” “Metro 2033,” “Fallout 3,” and so forth have an M for Mature rating. That means you have to be at least seventeen to buy the game. Retailers will even ask you for your ID to make sure you're old enough to buy such games.
So far, this game comes off as harmless as you're not shooting at live targets. You're simply in a simulated targeting range. Also, this game app gives tips on safety, training, state laws, and so forth. This app is for free. It says to do the following: use the correct ammo for your firearms, neither do alcohol nor drugs before or while shooting, know your target, and so forth. With that said, there are tidbits of gun education and safety in this game. But, the rating is still 4+.
However, Politico reports that it's not the NRA's doing in regards to the rating system. The rating system was handed down via iTunes itself. Its reasoning is because the game has no “objectionable material” and that it instills “safe and responsible ownership.” For the ratings, one cannot blame the NRA on that one.
In this game, you have different modes: indoor range, outdoor range, and skeet shoot. At the range, you shoot at coffin-shaped targets. Kotaku reports that in this game, you can unlock an AK-47 assault rifle and an MK11 sniper rifle for only $.99 a piece. The article points out irony on the part of the NRA. It goes back to when NRA CEO and vice-president Wayne LaPierre, at a press conference a week after the Sandy Hook shooting, blamed the video game industry for planting the seeds of violence. With this respect, the group blamed video games and then creates somewhat of a game a few weeks later.
The Kotaku article also interviewed a game developer and scholar who recently wrote for The Atlantic. According to Ian Bogost, the game designer, it's part of the NRA's ongoing effort to show “responsible gun ownership.” Bogost explains that this is both an educational tool and a baiting tool; he says that the NRA is most likely expecting the game community to call it “terrible” and in turn the group can respond by saying those people just want violence.
One person responding to the article, who identifies as being a member of the NRA, said that this iPhone game was in poor taste.
This is a pretty simplistic game in which you have one-touch access. You simply move the targeting crosshairs to hit the targets. The vital areas, head and heart, are marked red on the targets.
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