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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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RE: geeez
By Fanon on 4/23/2009 12:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
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Last time I checked, babies aren't in their own race or sexual preference classification.


Correct, but babies are a group of people who are completely and totally dependent on other people to survive. Shaking a baby for the expressed reason of killing her is no different than killing someone of a specific race or creed for the same reason.

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But let me guess, you don't use the ol' "jews and gas chambers" analogy when it comes to shooting adults in GTA.


Nope. Adults are only slightly different than babies.

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What if the game was centered around shaking teenagers? Would you be as upset?


Nope. See reason above.


RE: geeez
By adiposity on 4/23/2009 1:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
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Correct, but babies are a group of people who are completely and totally dependent on other people to survive.


Yes.

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Shaking a baby for the expressed reason of killing her is no different than killing someone of a specific race or creed for the same reason.


No.

I'm having trouble following your logic--babies are the equivalent to racial/religious groups because they are helpless?

If anything, baby shaking is universal. We were all babies, most people will have babies, and babies are a necessary part of our existence as a species. None of these things can be said about specific racial or religious groups. Additionally, babies are one of the most cared-for and protected groups in almost all societies. So a game that mistreats them is pretty different from one that encourages hate against a certain race or religion, which might play into biases that already cause crimes and mistreatment.

-Dan


RE: geeez
By phxfreddy on 4/23/2009 5:45:00 PM , Rating: 1
GeeSuss more believers in THOUGHT CRIMES.

Let's see...we should give people lighter sentences because they really liked who they kilt !

You see you bought the premises all of you on "hate crimes"....generally people hate who the freakin kill. So give em death 2 times!


RE: geeez
By ayat101 on 4/24/2009 4:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
Nah... not really... sometimes it is just business :)


RE: geeez
By adiposity on 4/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: geeez
By omnicronx on 4/23/09, Rating: 0
RE: geeez
By Moishe on 4/23/2009 2:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
So it's be wrong to make a video game where you shake crippled or old people until they die because they are helpless?

Now you're splitting hairs. If video game killing is bad, then it's bad. No more Doom, BattleField, or any other violent video games for you!


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