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NRA mocked in 'Bullet to the Head of the NRA' video game demo

Posted Jan 16, 2013 by Can Tran
A member of Encyclopedia Dramatica, as a means to mock and infuriate the National Rifle Association, created a game demo called "Bullet to the Head of the NRA."
Gun control advocates protesting in front of the NRA s Capitol Hill office in Washington DC
Gun control advocates protesting in front of the NRA's Capitol Hill office in Washington DC
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A few days ago, the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a target range simulator, for free, on all devices that used iOS. The game's called “NRA: Practice Range” which is to educate people on firearms and so forth. This game was made in the wake of the horrific incident that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On December 14, 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into the school and killed almost 30 people with most of the casualties being children. It reignited the talks about gun violence, gun control, gun rights, etc. The video game industry was dragged into the debate as a consequence.
A member of this satirical open wiki called “Encyclopedia Dramatica,” going by the name of “gizmo01942,” decided to make a parody video game that makes fun of the NRA which is called "Bullet to the Head of the NRA." The main purpose of this game is to inflame the fury of the NRA. In short, the creator of the game just wants to make members and the leadership of the NRA pretty angry. When playing this game, you get to shoot NRA CEO and vice-president Wayne LaPierre and other two representatives of the group when they go on stage to talk about guns. However, it is explained that this is only the demo part of the full game that's currently undergoing development.
Kotaku reports that you can download a copy of the game demo from Encyclopedia Dramatica. However, it's further reported that this game will be based on the Sandy Hook shootings. Due to the severity of circumstances surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary, such a game would most likely make the situation even worse.
On the forum about the game, where the creator is talking about the game, there are other forum users opting to help out with the creation.
If this was to get the attention, the game definitely got the attention. Sean Hannity of the Fox News network ran a segment on the game called “Left-Wing Violence.” Apparently, this game has gotten the necessary outrage.
Back to the game's entry on Encyclopedia Dramatica, the game's creator is calling forth for people to share this game demo everywhere. The creator wants to the anti-game and pro-gun websites to take notice of this game as well.
One person responded to the Kotaku article by saying that it doesn't help the video game industry at all.
There is information that backs the response. Recently, one of the main developers for “Dishonored,” spoke out about violence in general. The developer believed that video games do not contribute to violence; but, he also said that the industry does little to prevent it. With that said, the move on part of Bullet to the Head of the NRA's creator could do more damage than just infuriate the gun rights proponents. The full game, if and when created, will simply pour the proverbial gasoline to this growing political fire.
Back to the NRA game, NRA: Practice Range, it was originally geared towards ages 4+; but, the ratings were given on part of the iTunes. In a recent Kotaku report, Apple has changed the rating to 12+ due to recent political pressure. The main reason this game was given a 4+ rating is due to Apple saying that there was nothing objectionable in the game.
Also in the article, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the game hypocrisy on the part of the NRA. Being one of the people pushing for gun control, Bloomberg reminded people about LaPierre's press conference that took place a week after the Sandy Hook shooting. At the press conference, LaPierre talked about violence in games.
The main function of the app is to teach responsible gun ownership and educate people on firearms. However, there are things that critics can find questionable such as the unlocking of assault rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles.
On one hand, you have the NRA launching their own game; on the other hand, you have someone working on a game to mock the NRA and so forth. With the latter, this could make the issue even more volatile because the game will involve the Sandy Hook incident as well. In regards to Encyclopedia Dramatica, in which the creator is a member of, it's a known satirical wiki where things are lampooned and so forth. In short, Encyclopedia Dramatica is where you go to find some of the most offensive content let alone about current events.