Sick and bizarre game

From Google News I found this article talking a about a new game JFK Reloaded. The game recreates the events of November 22, 1963 and the player is Lee Harvey Oswald. The goal is to recreate the shots Oswald fired that killed JFK. The closer you get to recreating those shots, the closer you get to the perfect score of 1000.

I downloaded the demo which allows you to watch Kennedy’s motorcade travel through Dealey Plaza in Dallas and past the the sixth-floor window of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. You can aim the gun, but not fire. I’ve got no problem with violent video games, I know they aren’t real. Even when you play games that recreate historical events, there is still a sense of detachment.

But here it’s exactly like you where watching news footage. Not only are you watching, you’re the guy with the gun. These are real people and one of the people that was in that car, Nellie Connally, the wife of Texas Gov. John Connally, is still alive. You can see the faces of these people, you’re aiming to kill. This is too close to reality for me, and the events of November 22, 1963 are a reality that doesn’t need to be recreated in a first person shooter game.

One Reply to “Sick and bizarre game”

  1. Yes, definitely over the top. Saw it promoted at another Librarian site.

    “I’ve got no problem with violent video games, I know they aren’t real.” But you see, people get bored with simulated violence, then need reality, then maybe the real thing? I think your gut probably tells you the violent games aren’t so good for you either.

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