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New Video Game Recreates Kennedy Assassination

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the showed-what-one-motivated-marine-and-his-rifle-can-do dept.

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theodp writes "Lee Harvey Oswald-wannabes will be able to simulate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when Traffic Games releases the $9.99 JFK Reloaded on Monday to coincide with the 41st anniversary of Kennedy's murder in Dallas. 'It is despicable,' said a spokesman for Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late president's brother."

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If it were a different president (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885546)

Perhaps one in office in the 21st century, I bet michael and other Slashdot lefties would be pre-ordering copies.

Re:If it were a different president (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885563)

No joke. They probably would be hosting lan parties with free pizza and beer to celebrate it.

Re:If it were a different president (3, Informative)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885578)

While I might or might not agree with your assessment of the Slashdot editors' political opinions, we would all do well to be careful when making remarks regarding violence towards current or former presidents, as well as presidential candidates and other high-level federal officials(elected or appointed). There are laws regarding this sort of thing. If I recall, some late-night talkshow host got into some serious trouble years ago by showing a picture of W at a podium with the words "Snipers Wanted" underneath. Or, something like that. Quite a stir arose from the incident.

Re:If it were a different president (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885681)

there was a show on one of the history/scientific channels last night going over this. It was hosted by Peter Jennings. It had some current game-quality 3-d simulation of the whole thing, pointing out that yes, LHO could have fired the shots, that the shots did come from LHO's rifle, that other things alleged in the movie, "JFK", were false, etc.

Perhaps it's being put out by some of the same people, who have put it out for all to play around with.

Re:If it were a different president (1)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885699)

Also, if i reacll correctly, it was/is popular to put famous pictues heads on targets at shooting ranges, presidents and annoying actors and such. This has been stopped, as it can be deemed threating behaveyor.

Doesn't Sound Fun to Me (2, Interesting)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885548)

This doesn't sound like a fun game to me. I'll have to try it out anyway, but it seems kinda off. I can gun down a million monsters in most enjoyable FPS games. How is putting four bullets in JFK going to bring me *any* satisfaction? Magic bullet, indeed.

Re:Doesn't Sound Fun to Me (0)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885610)

Think CSI [amazon.com]

Re:Doesn't Sound Fun to Me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885635)

CSI sucked as a game. It was kinda cool but toooooo short. Ok so you shoot the guy then look at what you did????

That's pretty messed up. I'm not sure I would classify that as a game.

Re:Doesn't Sound Fun to Me (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885640)

Yeah. Though I think the History Channel or Discovery had another NEW JFK thing. They recreated the shot, and it seems like it is totally possible to have one bullet do what it did.

Sequel ideas? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885551)

I for one am looking forward to "Chappaquiddick II: The Game"

see if you too have the skills to beat the rap! (5, Funny)

taxman_10m (41083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885613)

or drive Mary Jo home... which is less fun.

Re:Sequel ideas? (1)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885657)

I for one am looking forward to "Chappaquiddick II: The Game"

really, what i want for christmas is:

  • "squeaky" - the lynette fromme [rotten.com] vs. gerald ford game. 20 extra points for taking the safety off.
  • "call me czolgosz! if you can!" - polish anarchist [geocities.com] fights american president in this real time strategy game.
  • "zero year!" - can you make the zero year prediction come true and take out reagan [parascope.com] ?

estimated play time for all three, four and half minutes.

Re:Sequel ideas? (5, Funny)

earthforce_1 (454968) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885677)

To be followed by the JFK Junior Flight Simulator game.

Interns The Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885703)

I hear Monica Lewinski is doing voice overs for "Oval Office, The Clinton Years". The object is to commit the most sex acts in eight years without getting caught. If the JFK game does well I hear they are doing a sequel about the Kenedy years.

Whats wrong? (5, Interesting)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885555)

What is wrong with it? I see re-creations all the time on the History Channel, Discovery, etc, etc, etc. Why not create a game that lets you do it? It is something that happened. Where is the upcry when you have WWII games happening??

Re:Whats wrong? (5, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885575)

Let's see... It's:

1) disrespectful to the family of the victim.
2) morbid
3) a cheap ploy to get attention for a mediocre effort.

-jcr

Re:Whats wrong? (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885601)

IOW they makers of the game are doing the exact same thing the senate does 50+ times per year? It's king of like a whore complaining about sexual harassment.

Re:Whats wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885622)

Like Edward's running a car off the bridge and killing a woman and not reporting it for 10 hours?

Try again

Re:Whats wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885658)

You must be from MassASSchewshits.

Let's see...It's not: (1, Troll)

ZxCv (6138) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885670)

1) disrespectful to the family of the victim.
Are reenactments of historical events disrespectful to those involved? How is this form of reenactment any more disrespectful than a TV show that does all the work of the recreation for you?

2) morbid
So? Plenty of historically important events can easily be called morbid. As such, recreations of said events are bound to be morbid.

3) a cheap ploy to get attention for a mediocre effort.
I don't know that I'd call it "a cheap ploy", or even "mediocre". Personally, I wish there were more "games" that let people recreate historical events for themselves, and scored them on how accurately they recreated the event. Imagine that...learning history while playing a game. Personally I like the idea of using games for something more than just passing the time.

Re:Let's see...It's not: (4, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885684)

Are reenactments of historical events disrespectful to those involved?

They certainly can be, and this game is one such example.

-jcr

Re:Let's see...It's not: (1)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885706)

Luckily, they don't need your permission for this.

Re:Let's see...It's not: (3, Insightful)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885689)

You're missing the point.

While this is recreation of a historical detail for points, it's also recreation of a murder.

I imagine you would be extremely upset if someone created a videogame reenacting the murder of your sister or brother, asking players to try and mimic as perfectly as possible the trajectory of the bullets that exited your loved one's skull.

This isn't a history role-playing game, this is recreation of an actual murder.

There's definately more wrong than right in this. You should be able to see that.

Re:Whats wrong? (1)

POLAX (690605) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885705)

Are we talking about the game "America's Army" here or what?

Re:Whats wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885580)

Twin Towers 2....

Re:Whats wrong? (1)

vranash (594439) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885593)

I thought that was an adult themed fps... ;-p

Re:Whats wrong? (5, Insightful)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885589)

Where is the upcry when you have WWII games happening??

Games about WWII: OK.

Games about shoveling the dead naked bodies of Jews into ovens: Not OK.

I guess the point is that some things just go beyond what most people think is appropriate/acceptable/good taste.

Re:Whats wrong? (5, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885630)

Good point.

I notice that games like Battlefield 1942 never include scenarios like being one of the Soviet troops who murdered the Polish officers in the Katyn forest massacre, or playing one of the SS thugs at Treblinka.

They all seem to be based on scenarios where the people you're trying to shoot can shoot back.

-jcr

Much Better Game: Winning the War Against China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885595)

A better game would be the following. Take advantage of the large mainland Chinese community in Canada. Many of the folks in that community are the children of officials in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Befriend these privileged children and determine their home addresses in mainland China.

Then, send some Western vigilantes to mainland China to kill the CCP officials. Killing Hu Jintao, the leader of China, garners 1000 bonus points [tibet.org] .

Re:Whats wrong? (4, Insightful)

Erwos (553607) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885619)

Shooting Nazis is generally considered good form, because they're universally regarded as evil personified and with damn good reason. You'll notice that this is the objective of 99.9% of FPS WWII games. Not too many games where you start off as an SS soldier out to kill FDR, some famous Jewish rabbi, etc.

More to the point, you get _points_ for drilling JFK just so with your rifle. That's pretty tasteless, and for a president who was liked pretty well (so I'm told) by most of the world, you'd think they could stay away from that...

-Erwos

Re:Whats wrong? (1)

wviperw (706068) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885624)

"What is wrong with it? I see re-creations all the time on the History Channel, Discovery, etc, etc, etc. Why not create a game that lets you do it?"

The primary difference here is that you are the one doing the "killing." All of a sudden it is interactive and YOU are making the choice to assasinate the President, regardless of the fact that it is still a video game. When watching a documentary about it on the History Channel your motives are hopefully a little better than getting pleasure out of seeing JFK die--for example you might be interested in how it happened and state of mind behind Lee Harvery Oswald that moved him to shoot.

Re:Whats wrong? (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885708)

Wouldn't the same thing be said about the game? To see if the shot actually could be made?

I see it more of a historical recreation game, where you are trying to see if it could actually be done.

Re:Whats wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885637)

WWII games are not about a specific real life
people.

I'm suprised to be agreeing.. (4, Funny)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885556)

with Teddy Kennedy on *anything*, but this is in very poor taste.

-jcr

Re:I'm suprised to be agreeing.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885568)

Nobody said anything about eating the game.

Re:I'm suprised to be agreeing.. (2, Insightful)

PoopJuggler (688445) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885604)

The problem is that people like Ted Kennedy will try to make a law banning this sort of thing. It may or may not be in poor taste, but companies should have the right to make games like that if they desire. Let the marketplace decide.

Re:I'm suprised to be agreeing.. (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885696)

The problem is that people like Ted Kennedy will try to make a law banning this sort of thing.

Well, he might, but we do have this thing called the First Amendment that provides some impediment to that kind of legislation..

-jcr

Oh my god! They killed JFK! (3, Interesting)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885558)

Those bastards! AGAIN!

Seriously, tho, WTF?! Is this a way to commemorate what is reportedly (I wasn't born at the time, so I can't speak for it) a very sad day in US history?

Or is this just a thinly vieled cover for the "Shrubya" skin that will be showing up on 0-day sites shortly after release?

Re:Oh my god! They killed JFK! (4, Interesting)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885628)

Read about the 10,000 - 100,000 USD contest they are running, it appears that they think that no one will be able to make the shots match the Warren Commission Report.

That may be why they are doing it.

hummm (1)

yaroze32 (689185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885559)

history relived, an interesting concept

Well... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885560)

Hopefully it isn't this [live-shot.com] company and a Kennedy impersonator.

Re:Well... (1)

stor (146442) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885661)

Hopefully it isn't this company and a Kennedy impersonator.

Yeah. Hopefully they'll do it with an Elvis impersonator.

Cheers
Stor

Journalistic Standards in Web News Sites (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885562)

Journalistic Standards in Web News Sites: Are They Adequate?

"...Additionally, there is a valid concern about ego-based censorship at Slashdot. Generally, Rob, Jeff, and most of the other editors are above this sort of thing. Allegations of it crop up from time to time, though, especially in connection with editor Michael Sims, who has been accused of misusing his administrative powers to down-moderate even high-scoring comments to -1 if he didn't like them. Even away from Slashdot, he attracts allegations of misconduct. One recent striking example is Seth Finkelstein's article on the apparent death of the censorware.org site, which Mr. Finkelstein attributes directly to Mr. Sims' out-of-control ego. (Read the article for yourself for details.) This particular example has nothing to do with Slashdot, but it bears on Slashdot to the extent that we may wonder about the integrity of a site that allows such a person on its editorial staff..."

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/3/5/44551/245 22

Re:Journalistic Standards in Web News Sites (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885673)

Posting anonymously because, you know, but my user name is ZackSchil. I've actually seen this done to massive discussion threads, suddenly all modded down to -1 offtopic, even though many comments had already been rated +5 or above by community mods. Whole threads longer than 20 or even 30 posts have been shot down all at once. It's really unnerving to expect a friendly, community moderated discussion and see that sort of stuff happen. Of course, by now the parent has been modded -1 offtopic but honestly, when will such a subject not be? Come on guys, let's demand some answers.

"We believe passionately there was no conspiracy," (0, Troll)

sailforsingapore (833339) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885566)

HA!

Awww.... (5, Funny)

empee (219598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885569)

I was hoping for a game that would let me recreate the beers that were thrown at Ron Artest on Friday night.

Re:Awww.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885652)

Dude. The beverages that hit Artest had *ice* in them. Only a fool puts ice in beer.

Oh, wait...it was an NBA fan.

Never mind...carry on...

Warren Commision. (5, Informative)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885571)

I was look around on their site earlier. Seems to me that the point of this game is to get people to question the findings of the Warren commision by showing how impossible it is to pull off.

If you can, they offer a $100,000 reward. [jfkreloaded.com] Sounds like it's bot time to me...

Re:Warren Commision. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885597)

That's interesting. There was a lot of speculation after 9/11 that the two planes could not have done sufficient damage to cause the collapses. I wonder if a video game re-enactment could drive the point home?

Re:Warren Commision. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885609)

So it's a game you can never win? Hmmm, they should charge a monthly subscription fee.

Re:Warren Commision. (1)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885686)

Impossible in a game doesn't mean much in real life. They have a $100,000 incentive to make sure it doesn't happen.

Re:Warren Commision. (4, Interesting)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885688)

There was a new show, either on Discovery Channel or the History Channel, where they recreated the shot. The bullet pretty much did what the "magic bullet" did. Check it out.

how about a simulation of (2, Interesting)

taxman_10m (41083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885572)

Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969.

Re:how about a simulation of (1)

toupsie (88295) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885605)

God, where are my mod points when I really need them! Consider this modded as +1 insightful.

Re:how about a simulation of (1)

Sinner (3398) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885648)

Um, why is this insightful? More to the point, why are so many people suddenly talking about Ted Kennedy in response to a post about JFK?

Re:how about a simulation of (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885680)

Because of this line that was craftily hidden in the article summary " 'It is despicable,' said a spokesman for Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late president's brother.""

That's why, damn people don't even read the article SUMMARYS before they bitch

Re:how about a simulation of (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885638)

Because the only valid debate tokens are possessed by liberals who are products of only a handful of Philosophy and Sociology programs in select universities in this country. You are only allowed to respond to points, not raise them yourself. Didn't you read the rules [theregister.co.uk] ?

How about being more original? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885667)

An anonymous coward beat you to it by 2 minutes.

ok, flying a piper to Martha's Vineyard at night (1)

taxman_10m (41083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885693)

or playing Ski football

Better Game: Winning the War Against China (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885573)

A better game would be the following. Take advantage of the large mainland Chinese community in Canada. Many of the folks in that community are the children of officials in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Befriend these privileged children and determine their home addresses in mainland China.

Then, send some Western vigilantes to mainland China to kill the CCP officials. Killing Hu Jintao, the leader of China, garners 1000 bonus points [tibet.org] .

That is the entire... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885574)

freaking game? It sounds more like a mini-game within GTA or something.

Heh... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885576)

If Mr. Kennedy thinks this one is despicable, just wait until he sees the sequel. You know, the one that simulates getting blitzed and driving off a bridge with your mistress, then leaving her to drown while you crawl home and sleep it off

Why can't anyone think of something original? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885674)

This is a popular theme for comments. Only what, #3 or 4 to say the same thing?

Oswald. (4, Funny)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885583)

Campers. Bastards. The lot of them.

My question is... (4, Funny)

SnprBoB86 (576143) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885584)

How can this possibly be $10 worth of entertainment? How can this be worth anything?

I get to shoot one guy, four times? If that costs $10 bucks, I owe Bungie about 180 billion dollars.

Re:My question is... (1)

Dagrush (723402) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885641)

no, you pay $10 to practice shooting him as many times as you like and to get 10 scored chances to shoot him.

'It is despicable,' (3, Insightful)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885585)

Yes, as so was your boses behavior when he, while driving drunk, killed a woman.

But thats in the past and doesn't matter.

Re:'It is despicable,' (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885632)

You mean exactly like Laura Bush killed her childhood boyfriend during a late night party where the police report has the speed of her vehicle blurred out and she says that it was just an unfortunate accident?

Just like Teddy.

Re:'It is despicable,' (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885646)

Do you have any info about that?

Re:'It is despicable,' (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885645)

The game is despicable, and so was Teddy's behavior at Chappaquiddick. What's your point?

-jcr

Re:'It is despicable,' (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885668)

My point is, you haven't read the game makers site, if you had you would realize their is just a little more to this than a computerized snuff film of a horriable day in Dallas, Texas.

weeeee (5, Funny)

kaje103 (828985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885588)

oh boy oh boy.. I can't wait until they make a simulation of Clinton in the Oval Office. Mission: Hit the mouth Fire torpedo one! The dress was hit, I repeat the dress was hit! Game Over

Re:weeeee (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885653)

I can't wait until they make one of Bush's resolve. The towers are hit! Read the book! Read the book!

Shoot the Iraqi civilians!

pow pow (0, Troll)

kaptink (699820) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885591)

I wont be buying it untill the Bush version comes out.

Re:pow pow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885603)

Expect the secret service to come visit you shortly.

Re:pow pow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885634)

Yes Max, just because you live in Australia doesn't mean we won't come.

Re:pow pow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885608)

I think one where you beat the crap out of Bush would be more fun, maybe like a Doom mod with only fists.

Re:pow pow (1)

Dagrush (723402) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885663)

a bush version wouldn;t come out for several years or decades after he's been shot. if you'd like to speed up the release date then you won't even need to pay a game company.

Bush Version (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885594)

When does the Bush version come out?

Obligatory Profit Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885598)

1. Make controversial game
2. Post reports of said game on a heavily trafficed nerd site
3. ?
4. Profit
5. See if you get sued by the Kennedy estate or if you go to hell first.

Nintendo Power Classified Information (4, Funny)

Gary Yogurt (664063) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885600)

Press "back and to the left, back and to the left" on the controller after the Traffic Games logo for an extra shooter!

even tasteless chuckleheads deserve entertainment (2, Informative)

EllynGeek (824747) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885611)

I guess. Or maybe not. But it's not like the cretins who play this game would be doing something useful otherwise.

Hm... (0)

Taulin (569009) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885612)

My wife's (Japanese) mom still remembers hearing the 'rumors' that Kenedy was shot, not believeing them, only to find out it was true. I think one thing this game will proove is that it was imposible for one man to do the bodily damage that was done. It is funny/not how people 'accept' that other 'factors' were involved and go about their merry ways. I guess the majority of people don't mind that others control them which is why such things as 'salary' workers and 'reality' TV exist.

Re:Hm... (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885672)

Well, here's the thing that I find hardest to accept about the conspiracy theories: Bobby Kennedy was a member of the Warren Commission. I just can't buy the idea that he'd cooperate in a cover-up of his own brother's murder.

-jcr

Turnabout is fair play... (4, Insightful)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885617)

Just my two cents, of course, but with videogames like this [americasarmy.com] , maybe the outrage at the lack of decency should be directed a little more broadly...

The last I checked... (2, Insightful)

laughingcoyote (762272) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885620)

I live in a free country. Namely, America. (Yes, I realize a significant number of /. readers do not, sometimes I wish I was among that number...) We have freedom of speech and expression the last I heard. If you think the game is in poor taste, by all means, do not buy or play it. To me, it just doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, but I could care less about the subject matter.

Why is there not this outcry against Call of Duty, when it recreates the tragic deaths of millions during WWII? Is a historical simulation only wrong if someone FAMOUS gets hurt?

Re:The last I checked... (4, Insightful)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885662)

We have freedom of speech and expression the last I heard.

Those freedoms apply to the brothers of assassinated presidents too, yes?

D'oh! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885621)

I wonder what happens at the end. Kennedy lives, right?

Another screen/headshot (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885623)

here [cnn.net] .

seems boring. (4, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885625)

*When the simulation starts, you are viewing Dealey Plaza through Lee Harvey Oswald's eyes: from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. A cross-hair marks the position of your rifle sight. Controls available to you are left-click to shoot, and right-click to zoom in/out, and mouse-movements to adjust your aim.*

so, you only get to aim and shoot. sounds quite boring, and doesn't really offer anything for the conspiracy heads either, as the conspiracy and plot is already played out with oswald as the shooter. now if you would be able to reconstruct the happenings in different ways, like placing the shooter at different locations or using multiple shooters.

Too Soon? (3, Insightful)

Stubtify (610318) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885629)

While I personally don't agree with the product, I certainly hope this doesn't turn into another campaign against video game violence. It may however, since that this comes out during a time when people still lived through the event in question, yet the audience is clearly a newer generation. Shameless, yes. Outlaw it? nope.

Couple thoughts. (3, Insightful)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885636)

One, You realize that at least we have the freedom to create this recreation. Many countries could ban this, or even worse put you in jail.

Second, Could this be to prove that the 3 bullets didnt come from the same gun? No matter what you do, you can't recreate the assignation since the bullets come from different directions?

I thought it was proved when the home movie was finally released showing the driver getting hit, that there was a 2nd gunman.

Or is that damn Magic bullet bullshit true? Bounces around like ping pong ball. Hey, even snopes.com doesnt explain that urban legend.

Can I be on the Knoll ? (1)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885644)

Of course, the grassy knoll gunman had all the advantages ...

Btw, I was reading yesterday about how JFK (and his brother) was exhorting CIA to assasinate Fidel Castro .
cross border terrorism .. NOT !.

other shooters (4, Insightful)

syynnapse (781681) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885659)

I suppose its somewhat in poor taste, but im all about free speech.

I don't like that it only allows you to be oswald though. It would be much more intresting if you could also try it in the multiple shooter scenario. if this were an option, the game would be much more likely to "undermine the theory there was some shadowy plot behind the assassination" as the developer claims its purpose is.

strange, but workable (1)

pagal_paanda (824030) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885665)

I wonder what would the characters be like? What type of guns could we use etc? And would it be more like Team fortress classic? For $10, I might even give it a try, just to see the feeling of an el-cheapo game.

Anyone notice: The Competition WIN UP TO $100,000 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885666)

A competition to match Oswald strikes me as a bit morbid. But, then again I'm sure the game will sell moderately well so someone out there probably thinks its keen.

Here's the text from the webiste:

Could Lee Harvey Oswald have murdered John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository?

A familiar component of modern police detective work is to reconstruct the crime in order to establish the most likely course of events and with JFK Reloaded, you can be part of a forensic investigation reaching back over 40 years.
By entering our prize contest, you can help to establish the facts of what happened on November 22nd, 1963 and win up to $100,000 in the process!
How it works
To win the competition, you need to most closely match the shots taken by Lee Harvey Oswald, as concluded in the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of JFK.
Accuracy of your shots (in terms of trajectory and timing) will be judged purely by the JFK Reloaded server, which is programmed to audit each shot for timing and injuries, and thereby arrive at a total score. The higher the total, the closer you are to Lee Harvey Oswalds actions and thereby the more clearly you prove that Lee Harvey Oswald had the means and the opportunity to commit the crime.
Your shots will need to have exactly the same timing and cause exactly the same damage as the shots described in the Warren Commission Report in order to score the maximum possible total.
Note that you are NOT obliged to enter the competition in fact, after you have unlocked JFK Reloaded you can have as many practice runs as you like, and you will have all the feedback and action-replay tools that are available for competition runs.
Entering is simple. After you have paid to unlock your copy of JFK Reloaded, you are given 10 Competition Entry Tokens, allowing you 10 attempts to match Lee Harvey Oswalds shots. Within JFK Reloaded, click on the Enter Competition button, and you will be asked to confirm that you want to spend one of your Tokens. Once you have confirmed this, its like pushing a coin into a slot-machine: theres no going back. Your competition-entry run will start, so concentrate, and think like a sniper!
The prize fund will grow over the three months of the competition (which closes at 12:00am (CST), February 21st, 2005) to a total of $100,000, with the fund increased every time somebody buys JFK Reloaded. There is already at least $10,000 in the prize fund!
And if you feel you could do better with just a few more chances, then dont worry: more Tokens can be purchased from within JFK Reloaded as soon as your current consignment has run out.
Research the JFK assassination
Competition rules

Change history... (5, Funny)

MrDyrden (833392) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885679)

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start JFK now has 30 lives!

SLASHDOT SHOULD REMOVE THIS STORY (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10885685)

Look - its their right to make this game, that's fine. I, and many others find it horribly offensive, but it's their right. That does not mean that we should bring attention to their site, and help them make money through advertising sales. Please, moderators, remove this story.

I've posted this anonomously so there is not karma, but please mod this up. It's wrong, and if you agree they should know that's how you feel.

Multiplayer Sequel (4, Funny)

LeiGong (621856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885690)

The hear the multiplayer sequel lets your friends play as the shooters on the grassy knoll!
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