JFK: Reloaded is a controversial edutainment first-person shooter video game recreating the John F. Kennedy assassination. The game was released November 21, 2004 (the day before the 41st anniversary of the event) by Scotland-based Traffic Games.


JFK: Reloaded puts the player in the role of Kennedy's alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. The player is then scored on how closely one's version of the assassination matches the report of the Warren Commission. According to the company, the primary aim of the game was "to establish the most likely facts of what happened on 1963-11-22 by running the world’s first mass-participation forensic construction", the theory being that a player could help prove that Lee Harvey Oswald had the "means and the opportunity to commit the crime", and thus help support or disprove the Warren Commission's findings.

Critical reactionEdit

JFK: Reloaded was condemned by the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the late President Kennedy's brother, as "...despicable."; and by Senator Joseph Lieberman who "was sickened by the game."[1] Children NOW, an organization that promotes safer media for children, dismissed Traffic Media's claims that JFK: Reloaded has educational merit. Director Christy Glaubke commented "I would think the only [lesson it teaches] is how to be an assassin."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jason Tuohey (Nov 24, 2004). JFK Reloaded Game Causes Controversy. PCWorld. Retrieved on 2010-07-10

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