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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Killing JFK, over and over again!

You know, being a GTA3 fan, i always thought that people who said that videogames go a little bit too far had their panties twisted up in a bunch or something. I would argue that the violence in the game wasn't wrong, it was a form of stress relief. You know, a way of releasing any violent or criminal urges without actually doing anything violent or criminal. In my opinion, playing violent games was a way to help us become more well adjusted civilized people by allowing us to get rid of any bent up agression or desires. A form of mental masturbation if you will! And then i saw this game! This game, JFK Reloaded, puts you in the place of Lee Harvey Oswald the day JFK got assassinated and then challanges you to kill him the way the Warren comission claimed he was killed. It operates under the assumption that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and fired only three bullets. So, the game places you in the precise place where Oswald stood—the sixth-floor window of the Texas Schoolbook Depository—and challenges you to re-create his three shots. One shot missed the car entirely; another hit JFK in the neck; and a third hit the president's head, causing what the commission called "a massive and fatal wound." The closer you get to matching those three trajectories, the closer you get to a perfect score of 1,000. And if that wasn't tasteless enough, the game makers are offering a cash prize of up to $100,000 if you do get the perfect score. Is it just me, or does this redefine tasteless and sick?


At 1/04/2005 05:46:00 AM, Blogger Josie said...

I totally agree. What sick mind thought up that game?? I am one of those people who complain about some games, but usually I'm complaining because little kids are playing GTA3, you know, pick up the prostitute so your health will go up? Then beat her up so you can get your money back? Yuck.

But I love games where I just get to shoot the heck out of stuff, like Halo. And also Wolverine's Revenge... when I get out my claws & hack away at something. Definitely a stress reliever.

I don't like the "M" rating, though. It's like GTA3, San Andreas, True Crime, etc. are "M"... but so is Halo. I just don't see them as the same level.

At 1/04/2005 05:20:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Being someone that watched Oliver Stones JFK, watched every known documentary on the subject including the "history investigate" project that has experts in ballistics use modern day lasers and other tools designed to solve crimes and seeing that they easily proved that 95% of all conspiracy theories were false(including man in sewer man hold not being able to shoot at that trajectory; man on the grassy knoll was a guy with a camera and the guy behind the fence would have had to shoot earlier than the film indicates his presence to make that trajectory, etc, etc, etc); I would say that this game is probably written by some conspiracy theorists who is sure that some one cannot reproduce the same effect on a computer game, thus proving their theory that it couldn't be a lone nut in the book repository. If you prove them wrong you get 100k.

That's how these people work.

Me personally, I like the shooting games the best, but I'm afraid my favorites are more like spec ops and desert storm and time crisis and anything where you actually have to shoot something and yes, I think it's a great tension reliever after you just spent your entire day talking to numbnuts and cannot beat the crap out of them because even numbnuts are protected by the law so it is so much better just to go home and shoot a laser gun at the screen.

At 1/04/2005 05:35:00 PM, Blogger madtom said...

What an interesting way to judge the validity of the commission's report. Wow, you can test anything!
I wonder if anyone has won the game yet?


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