It’s all fun and games


The deer hunter

In the wake of yesterday’s posting about dangerous toys, Bill Kennedy sent me notice of the above-pictured plaything, Kaba Kick. As the promotional text for the game explains:

Kaba Kick is russian roulette for kids. The points the gun at his or her own head and pulls the trigger. Instead of bullets, a pair of feet kick out from the barrel (which is shaped like a pink hippo). If the gun doesn’t fire, the player earns points.

And if the gun does fire, what? The kid has a ‘Nam flashback?

I can’t figure out what is more compelling here: The expression on the kid’s face, or the tiny illustrations carefully showing you how to load bullets into the gun.

(Thanks to Bill for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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