Eurogamer reports that last month, the National Rifle Association labelled the video games industry as “a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against [its] own people,” following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
Now, the NRA has launched its very own iOS shooter, called NRA: Practice Range – appropriate for ages four and up. Basically, it’s a shooting range simulator. Its description on the App Store reads: “The NRA’s new mobile nerve centre.” The game offers, “one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational material and online resources.”
So, pretty much a gun range.
Great. So it’s less of a game and more of an iOS propaganda vessel.
The game’s developer, MedI Mobile, was asked about the app’s surprisingly low age rating. Its response was “the NRA app is to promote gun safety, not ‘for kids aged 4+”.
It’s a free game, but you’ll need $0.99 to buy weapons like an MK11 sniper rifle or an AK47.
Eurogamer says the game is terrible, but that this is not the NRA’s first gaming attempt. The previous title, NRA: Gun Club, received a dismal 18/100 on Metacritic.