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Baby Shaker was the hottest new video game for the iPhone, until Apple changed its mind and deigned it offensive, removing it from the App Store.  (Source: YouTube)
Apple appears very confused when it comes to baby shaking

When it comes to iPhone apps, Apple has received bad press aplenty for its policy of strictly regulating the application market.  From competitive browsers to "offensive" apps like a South Park app, the iPhone App Store may have millions of apps, but is still relatively closed.

However, Apple is in the unusual situation this time around for being in hot water for an app it approved.  Apple approved an interesting title -- Baby Shaker -- on the App Store Monday.  This video game, authored by Sikalosoft, looked to channel the inner English au pair in some people, making shaking a baby (as the name implies) into a videogame.

The game consisted of multiple levels.  Each level had a drawing of a baby, which crying loudly.  You would shake the phone until the baby stopped crying and red X's appeared over its eyes (apparently signifying the baby's death).  The app was available from Monday to Wednesday night for $0.99.

Child advocacy groups pitched a fit, demanding Apple remove the app and stating unequivocally that killing babies was unacceptable.  Apple caved in, ruling that there is no longer a place in the world for Baby Shaker.  However, many are noting the curiousness that the company, which is usually so strict with offensive content (like the South Park app) would approve the app in the first place.

As some are pointing out, Apple's iTunes store sells some music which could be designed as highly offensive, with lyrics featuring sexually explicit content, violence, racism, homophobic remarks, strong language, and stories of criminal behavior.

However, as in the past, while other mediums like music and art may deal in the same themes, video games receive the most controversy.  From Wii Beer Pong to the Columbine video game, video game developers' creative licenses have often led to confrontations with the moral opinions of many in society.

You can view a video of Baby Shaker here, and decide for yourself whether it should have be banned.



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seriously?
By SandmanWN on 4/23/2009 9:20:12 AM , Rating: -1
Tell me you aren't going to write an article on every stupid iPhone app? It isn't news worthy every time some nutcase writes a tiny worthless phone app.

Dump this crap into the blog section.




RE: seriously?
By weskurtz0081 on 4/23/2009 9:22:31 AM , Rating: 2
Believe it or not, this made national news! Not that it should be all that surprising I guess, but it did.....


RE: seriously?
By Ryanman on 4/23/2009 9:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
It made national news for two reasons.

One: Video games are a victim of gross media discrimination.
Two: Any "child advocacy" group can get free publicity from making a huge fit about something as minor as this.

The lesson here is, save children at any cost, especially when I'll learn to shake babies as a father from this game.


RE: seriously?
By SandmanWN on 4/23/2009 9:27:42 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately you are correct. Instead of ignoring something so pointless and letting it die in obscurity. Advocacy groups become their own worst enemy by giving these things news worthy attention.

They keep falling for the same catch-22.


RE: seriously?
By afkrotch on 4/23/2009 12:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
I bet the person, company, or whatever who created the app is making a good chunk of money now, due to all the publicity.


RE: seriously?
By Moishe on 4/23/2009 9:28:54 AM , Rating: 2
You are so right.


RE: seriously?
By TomZ on 4/23/2009 9:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
The real question is, what kind of an idiot would pay even $1 for such a stupid program?


RE: seriously?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/23/2009 9:25:54 AM , Rating: 3
Remember the idiots that paid for the "I'm Rich" app? :)


RE: seriously?
By DeepBlue1975 on 4/23/2009 10:36:45 AM , Rating: 2
About the same class of idiots that are asking for it to be banned, but with an opposite opinion about the game :D

Just two faces of the same coin... Both types earned the right to be called idiots.


RE: seriously?
By 440sixpack on 4/23/2009 11:48:12 AM , Rating: 2
I can't believe anyone would find such a game fun. Maybe I'm biased having an infant myself, but I fail to see how this game could have any appeal to anyone.


RE: seriously?
By afkrotch on 4/23/2009 12:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Everything has an appeal to someone.

Hell, I don't see the appeal of running 26 miles, but ppl do it.


RE: seriously?
By callmeroy on 4/23/2009 3:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
Hell people murder babies all the time right?


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