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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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yes or no?
By Screwballl on 4/23/2009 9:32:13 AM , Rating: 4
The real story here is how confused Apple is with these apps... they are so afraid to make anyone mad that they approve the seemingly harmless apps (like baby shaker), yet anything from a known "mature" TV show like South Park is denied without so much of a review of what it actually does.

I think they are finally learning that you can't make everyone happy. They are (maybe) starting to learn that without their iPhone, they would still be some niche computer maker with 4% or lower of the PC market.

Face it, without the iPhone, a good chunk of people would not have even known that they still make anything other than Windows computers for home users.




RE: yes or no?
By TomZ on 4/23/2009 9:35:42 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is learning that being a censor is a hard job.


RE: yes or no?
By masouth on 4/23/2009 2:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
I 100% agree with you that Apple seems confused with how to handle these apps and their decisions seem to be totally arbitrary. It's their right to do so but hopefully this helps them decide to manage the process at least a little better.

However regarding Apple outside of the iphone...

You seem to have forgotten about that money train they have been riding for several years: the iPod. I also can't say that I know anyone, let alone a good chunk of people, who believes that Apple makes Windows computers.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads














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