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Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's No. 1 mouthpiece, disappeared behind Oz's curtain this morning to condemn the worst video games of American culture. Funny, the NRA made one itself: NRA Gun Club, released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2. Here's what people said at the time.
NRA Gun Club
Released: October 2, 2006.
Critic: Brian (Metacritic) • "I'll give it an overwhelming thumbs down." Score: 2.
Critic: GamesRadar • "The feeling you get from holding an actual weapon in your hand might grant some intoxicating sense of power, putting as it does the power to end a life in your hands. Of course, the same could be said of a hammer." • "NRA Gun Club may be useful for demystifying gun ownership for wannabe weekend warriors, but it sure as hell doesn't qualify as much of a game." Score: 2.
Critic: Ian Nelson (Amazon) • "Perhaps one of the single most horrendous games to ever come from a third-rate game creator." • "NRA Gun Club could very well be the single worst game in the history of games." • "This game is pure garbage, and Crave Entertainment should be as ashamed of itself as I am." Score:: 1 star.
Critic: Jeff Gerstmann (then of GameSpot) • "Absolutely pure in its devotion to awfulness." (Note: This was the lone bullet point under the heading "The Good.") • "This is the sort of hastily slapped-together game that should have been a free bonus for subscribing to the NRA newsletter or something." • "Most textbooks are more entertaining." • "This game promotes violence — you're bound to rip the disc out of your PlayStation 2 and fling it across the room almost immediately after putting it in." • "Since the game doesn't let you reload the weapons or press the safety, you don't learn much." • "NRA Gun Club's awful gameplay and presentation make it an effective though unintended antigun message: Guns are boring." Score: 1.6
Critic: GarrisonO. (Metacritic) • "This game completely sucks!!!" Score: 2