US gun maker arming Wii shooter game

Oct 03, 2009
A Best Buy customer walks by a display for the new Nintendo Wii in 2006 in San Francsico, California. Legendary rifle maker Remington Arms Company said Friday it has teamed with videogame maker Mastiff to put virtual versions of its guns in a hunting title tailored for Wii consoles.

Legendary rifle maker Remington Arms Company said Friday it has teamed with videogame maker Mastiff to put virtual versions of its guns in a hunting title tailored for Wii consoles.

"Remington Great American Bird Hunt" for play on the popular Nintendo videogame consoles will be released by Mastiff in October.

"I grew up with Remington," said Mastiff chief executive Bill Swartz, explaining that his father was an avid hunter.

"I still remember as a child when an A on a spelling test earned me what my dad called 'a boy-sized 22 rifle.' Naturally, it was a Remington."

Japanese videogame maker Mastiff publishes a "Deer Drive" hunting game for and will soon add "Shimano Xtreme Fishing" to its list of outdoor action titles for the consoles.

US-based Remington is renowned for shotguns, rifles and ammunition.

"Mastiff's success with outdoor sports games coupled with their commitment to quality and attention to detail make them a great fit for the Remington brand," said Remington spokesman Marc Hill.

"Introducing hunting and the shooting sports to youth and non-shooters, is a key strategy for Remington, and we're incredibly excited to share our passion in the 'Remington Great American Bird Hunt' game."

(c) 2009 AFP

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zevkirsh
not rated yet Oct 03, 2009
its about time ! this is just a prelude to the video games where you can use a gun with 'virtual' settings for various missions, sniper gun, shotgun, short range snub nose, 9mm , long range lazer handguns, while the gun will not exactly feel like the real thing, it will help unlease the inner kill that resides in most -violent video game playing people.

of course, they'll be using this to train cops and probably already have something out for the cia. excellent. violence!
ShotmanMaslo
1 / 5 (1) Oct 04, 2009
Cool, I remember playing this shooting game with real (albeit plastic..) gun on some archaic console when I was younger, and always wondered why current shooters cannot be played like that.
weewilly
not rated yet Oct 04, 2009
Would we be training more soldiers or police or would we be teaching more future criminals? If you don't think that what we expose our young people to has any real significance in how they turn out, then this whole discussion is a mute issue. I am a former US Marine.
scohn
not rated yet Oct 08, 2009
WOW guys, what a great training and recruiting vehicle! Get the feel of SHOOTING larger animals, like people, and you don't have to worry about the police!
Improve hand - eye coordination, depth perception so that you never miss!
defunctdiety
not rated yet Oct 08, 2009
All of these comments are idiotic. If there is a market for these games, these games should be marketed. It is up to PARENTS to put these toys in the proper context. You all need to get a clue about freedom and the responsibility that goes with it.
weewilly
not rated yet Oct 08, 2009
Teach our kids violence and they will exhibit it in the streets and homes. Isn't there enough blood and guts on the TV these days?
defunctdiety
not rated yet Oct 08, 2009
But the teaching of mass consumerism is beneficial? Teaching our kids that they should be medicated with drugs, instead of trying to fix the root of a problem is good? Teaching kids that sexuality is something to be afraid and ashamed of is alright? Get a clue.

Hunting is a very valuable skill, teaching someone to hunt is not teaching them to be violent.

Buying your children a game (or allowing them to watch TV) that contains violence, or other mature content, without discussing it is simply irresponsible and bad parenting.

You cannot blame the state of our society on what's in our culture, there are millions of kids who grow up with the same things in the same culture and don't take violence into their streets and homes.

If half the nations people were decent parents there would be no problem beyond normal statistical rates of aberrant behavior.
weewilly
not rated yet Oct 08, 2009
You haven't lived long enough to make this rationale. I have seen this evolution and it stinks. Once upon a time.......
defunctdiety
not rated yet Oct 09, 2009
You haven't lived long enough to make this rationale. I have seen this evolution and it stinks.

I don't need to have lived long. I know that hunting has been around as long as guns, I know violent video games have been around as long as I've been alive. I know I hunt and play violent video games. I know I don't feel any compulsion to shoot people, and that there are far far more kids like me than not.

I know in recent history more and more homes have had both parents working. I know in recent history kids have had to raise themselves more and more. I know in recent history, childhood dysfunction has risen.

Culture is to blame, only in-so-far-as our culture has reduced the number of decent parents there are out there. Weewilly, you rationale is indefensible. The problem is that there are more and more horrible parents, as people seek to avoid personal responsibility more and more. That's what stinks.
weewilly
not rated yet Oct 09, 2009
Where do you think horrible parents come from? They start as horrible kids.
ShotmanMaslo
1 / 5 (1) Oct 11, 2009
And horrible kids come from horrible parents, in the first place. It is not kids or culture fault, it is only parents fault, they are the ones responsible.

We have NO right to forbid violent games and movies. Only right we have is to stick something on them so responsible parents will not allow their children to play them.
ShotmanMaslo
1 / 5 (1) Oct 11, 2009
And horrible kids come from horrible parents, in the first place. It is not kids or culture fault, it is only parents fault, they are the ones responsible.

We have NO right to forbid violent games and movies. It is my right to go to shop and buy any game I want, no matter how violent.
Only right we have is to stick something on them so responsible parents will not allow their children to play them.