Olympic Shooting Gaming App Realistic?

A tech company by the name of Sight In Games SRL has come out with an app on the Android platform (iOS as well I presume but can’t find a link) that tries to simulate as much as possible shooting an air rifle at a 10 meter Olympic competition setting. It does this by mimicking the front and rear sight picture upon a target, then using a thumb adjustable pad on the right of the screen to simulate a trigger. By applying screen pressure, the trigger is pressed, and the shot is recorded downrange, along with all the previous shots. The game also comes in a multiplayer mode, wherein gamers can play with a number of other gamers across the world in tournaments. They can even compete with each other, and see scores in real time.

Shooting World Cup – SWC is a close to real sports shooting as a smartphone game can get – see for yourself. You will experience realistic rifle sway and you’ll be using an almost exact replica of the actual two stage triggering mechanism that air guns have. How do we know that? Our team includes ex-sports shooters – some of them are continental championship medalists.

Shooting World Cup – SWC present to you an air rifle 10 meters discipline. You’ll use true-to-life air gun models, actual sport shooter’s clothes, real target models and real RWS pellets. Even if you haven’t tried out sport shooting yet, you’re at the right place. The realistic mechanics of this game will improve your real life shooting skills as well.

I think the app is a neat idea, we’ve seen numerous apps and games made for competitive shooting over the years. I’m especially fond of the long range ones where you can actually “load” your ammunition and use it to compete with. However, from a shooting training perspective I’m not so convinced. As an app, something fun you could play on a train or bus, it seems to be realistic enough. But if you want to actually use it as a training tool, the company could possibly have included something better.

For example, breath control, trigger control, and follow through are some the biggest obstacles that shooters consistently face the world over. How this game accounts for those three obstacles isn’t necessarily clear. There has to be some way a phone’s internal gyroscope can be used, when holding your phone out in front of you, to account for the weight of a rifle. It would match your breathing and heart beat through your hands. With the prices of Virtual Technology steadily coming down to consumer availability, I can imagine a company being able to hook up a VR device to a phone, and have something attached to whatever actual rifle you practice with, and getting into some tech dry fire!



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • David B

    I take it it’s a coincidence that the game abbreviation, SWC, also stands for Semi-Wadcutter, a popular target shooting bullet design?

    • M-dasher

      ….i always went Full Wadcutter personally……

      • David B

        From the what I understand semi wad cutters are more popular for semi autos because many semi autos don’t feed full wad cutters well.

      • noob

        never go full wadcutter… in a semi auto

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Anyone else here play Battlefield One?

    Most of the rifles can be doped for various distances.

    • Jacob

      Yes, fun game. You can even adjust your recoil pattern. Though it doesn’t seem to have the ability to hold your breath like in CoD, but I don’t play the Scout class and only briefly used a Marksman rifle in the medic class so maybe I missed something.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        No, I believe its the same function. Press down on left stick.
        BF 1 is definitely the most immersive game ive ever played and its much more playable than any other BF.
        When the damn EA servers arent down anyway.

    • iksnilol

      You can do the same in Battlefield 3 and 4, including adjusting sights for various distances.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Boy, it didn’t take long time before I uninstalled this trash 😉

  • thedonn007

    Or, buy a used Daisy 853 from the cmp and shoot pellets in your home or backyard.

  • Brick

    Has the same big problem other shooters have, unless I missed it somewhere: perfect sight alignment every time. Then add in trigger and breath control.

    Definitely needs to use the accelerometers/gyroscopes built into phones.

  • M-dasher

    spent 4 yrs shooting NCAA……it was boring doing it in person……i really cant imagine a video game of it is that riveting……

    • MrBrassporkchop

      People said the same thing about farming.

      And where are now? Farm Simulator 17!

      • Hamhands

        Specifically the Germans are in Farming Simulator. And Eurotruck Simulator. And many other Simulators.

        Stereotypes be damned, as a demographic they really like going home to play a nice, relaxing game of simulated Arbeit.

        This app is probably right up their alley.

  • Sasquatch

    Zzz… Zzz… Zzz… Zzz… Zzz…

  • noob

    what do you think of the HTC vive/Steam VR game Hotdogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades?

    Sometimes known as H3VR, it simulates a whole bunch of different guns and accessories. and you can make ridiculous picatinny rail constructions

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70a61352fd1814ebb0d085636978572a1110f8200f959f0e9e388964217db28c.jpg

  • Jake

    world champion shooting attire, or escaped happy meal toys? you be the judge