This Week's iPad Charts: Temple Run 2 and the NRA Practice Range

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On one side we have the sequel to one of the most beloved mobile games in the world. On the other, an app mainly being downloaded due to controversy, morbid curiosity and irony. There's room for everyone in the weekly free iPad app charts!


Thanks to our new streamlined table format for these weekly chart tracking bits I get to spend less time downloading and sorting images and more time watching trends, which was one of the major reasons I started doing them in the first place. It'll be another week before the numeric tracking reboot kicks in, swapping those "N/A" entries for tale-telling numbers, but that doesn't preclude us from starting a pool to guess when NRA Practice Range falls off the face of the charts, never to be seen again.


Will it outlast Temple Run 2? Wouldn't it be even better if you were being chased by furious temple guardian monkeys while trying to practice responsible gun usage, or would the two concepts clash horribly, creating an incredibly short game with a pack of incredibly deceased primates?

Top Paid iPad Games — 1/18/2013

Top Free iPad Games — 1/18/2013

RankGameLast WeekChange
1.Temple Run 2N/AN/A
2.Angry Birds Rio HDN/AN/A
3.The BlockheadsN/AN/A
4.Candy Crush SagaN/AN/A
5.Amazing AntsN/AN/A
6.Smash ManiaN/AN/A
7.Jigsaw PuzzleN/AN/A
8.NRA Practice RangeN/AN/A
9.Trial Xtreme 3N/AN/A
10.Subway SurfersN/AN/A

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That NRA Practice Range game (and the "outrage" behind it) reminds me of all the hoopla involving the original release of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. At that time you had a load of Religious Right-types protesting the movie and doing the "moral outrage" thing.

At the time, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Ashland (KY) Independent, which is where we lived at the time and suggested that all these protesters were doing was giving the movie free advertising, and if they really wanted to protest the movie, just shut up about it and people would most likely go and see something else.

Of course this got a response from a group of church members (including, funnily enough, one of my cousins) telling me that they had an "obligation" to protest the movie.

Fine, protest all you want, but your protests are counter-productive.

Except all the "moral outrage" surrounding this NRA proper gander has a far more insidious purpose; page hits. All the self-indignant people on the left behave just as the the self-indignant people on the right does, knowing that in the end, they don't give a rat's ass about the actual cause; they just care about keeping the "moral outrage" going for as long as possible while they guarantee themselves exposure.

And the NRA game? Makes more and more money and gets more exposure for the NRA.

And you've just given them free advertising.

Don't you all feel proud of yourselves?