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Old 22 Nov 2004, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nov 21, 2004 By Ben Berkowitz

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new video game to be released on Monday allows players to simulate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

The release of "JFK Reloaded" is timed to coincide with the 41st anniversary of Kennedy's murder in Dallas and was designed to demonstrate a lone gunman was able to kill the president.

"It is despicable," said David Smith, a spokesman for Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late president's brother. He was informed of the game on Friday but declined further comment.

Kirk Ewing, managing director of the Scottish firm Traffic Games, which developed the game, said he understood some people would be horrified at the concept, but he insisted he and his team had nothing but respect for Kennedy and for history.

"We believe that the only thing we're exploiting is new technology," said Ewing, a former documentary filmmaker and senior executive with Scottish developer VIS, responsible for games like "State of Emergency." He said he sent Edward Kennedy a letter before the game's release.

Ewing said the game was designed to undermine the theory there was some shadowy plot behind the assassination. "We believe passionately there was no conspiracy," he said.

Traffic Games said the objective was for a player to fire three shots at Kennedy's motorcade from assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's digitally recreated sixth-floor perch in the Texas School Book Depository.

Points are awarded or subtracted based on how accurately the shots match the official version of events as documented in by the Warren Commission, which investigated Kennedy's assassination.

Shooting the image of Kennedy in the right spots in the right sequence adds to the score, while "errors" like shooting first lady Jacqueline Kennedy lead to deductions.

Each shot can be replayed in slow motion, and the bullets can be tracked as they travel and pass through Kennedy's digitally recreated body. Players can choose to see blood by pressing a "blood effects" option.

Players can view the motorcade from a number of angles, including the perspective of filmmaker Abraham Zapruder and a view from the "grassy knoll" where some conspiracy theorists believe a second gunman was stationed.

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Wonder what would happen if Rockstar came out with a Princess Diana racing game?
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John Kennedy is my hero of heroes, me personally I would never play this game.

There are a lot of JFK consipracy theorists, this would be big with them.
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This is disgusting. There has to be some sort of restriction. GTA is bad enough
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Yes, they crossed the line with this. They've had decades to do this and haven't for a damn good reason. There are some things you just don't do and this is one of them.
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Why would anyone play this game?



Only three shots? What a dumb game. You'd think it would get boring pretty quickly.
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Only three shots? What a dumb game. You'd think it would get boring pretty quickly.
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Why would anyone play this game?



Only three shots? What a dumb game. You'd think it would get boring pretty quickly.
lol, finally some sense in this thread.

Anyhow, on the topic of "the line being crossed", there are 2 different ways to look at it. You are either going to look at it as an honest attempt at recreating the Kennedy assasination to show a conspiracy was not in effect, or you are going to look at it as disrespectful and nothing more but an oppourtunity for sick minded people to take part in the shooting of John F. Kennedy.

While I beleive both sides are right, I lean towards this game being sick. No one is actually going to play this game to learn how there was only one shooter, they are going to put themselves in the position as the killer for shits and giggles. This is horribly offensive, not to me, but to the family and friends of the late John F. Kennedy. I know I wouldn't fuckin appreciatiate it if someone made a video game in explicit detail of one of my family members being killed.

I can almost see a lawsuit over this game being put on the market.
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The game hasn't even been released and it's already completed its main purpose --- to get a rise out of people.


No one gets mad every time a new WWII game is released. What makes this one all that different?
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Where's the educational value of exploding someone's head? that's basically the point. What next? Make a Ted Bundy game to prove he only killed hookers? And I've never seen a world war 2 game where you shoot Holocaust prisioners
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But you're still killing Germans. They may have fought for the opposition, but their life doesn't have less value than an Allied force.


They should have just renamed JFK Archduke Franz Ferdinand. I bet none of you would have cared then.

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this is wrong on so many levels.
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Oh, and for the people that realize that it's just a game and want to play it ...

http://www.jfkreloaded.net/download/

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okay, im not canadian, im not going to claim to know a lot about canadian history, but lets say that one of canadas most charismatic leaders ever was assassinated. would you want a game about that made? i believe kennedy was one of the most popular presidents in american history. when it happened it was a damn national tragedy and somebody wants to make it into entertainment. thats sick. i dont give a shit how "unamerican" you are, this is completely wrong.
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I haven't played the game, and I have no desire to play the game. I'm just putting the link there for anyone who is interested.
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I have no desire to play it. Not because I am offended or anything but mostly because it looks like a shitty, boring ass game and killing a former loved president with an old ass rifle just doesn't sound like more fun then using the G-Gun and saw blades in HL2 to cut alien zombies in half.

I personally think the game is what you make of it. It could be used as an educational tool or it could be used for someone's sick sadistic pleasure they get out of killing JFK.
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