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24 November 2004 @ 05:31 pm
Fucking stupid Traffic Games.  
You sick bastards.

No, really. I'm sorry. That's just utterly disgusting.


New Video Game Recreates Kennedy Assassination
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 (news, bio, voting record), 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.

The game will be available via download for $9.99.
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Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on November 24th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
Saw that on the news the other day...it's just so wrong O.o
Jasondelirium19 on November 24th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
There are degrees.
If this had been made as a simulation as they describe it, to relive history and more importantly disprove or prove old theories, that might be reasonable. Not right, but reasonable.
That is not what they did. Notice the tag line about adding bloddy effects? that is the type of thing they put on gory FPS games like Doom or GTA. That, to me as a gamer, implies they arent interested in historical accuracy, but in exploiting the emotional diress involved.
Weak dude
Suzik00kaburra on November 25th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
See, but even if it is made as a simulation, several of JFK's family members are still alive and this is hardly an appropriate way to commemorate his death.