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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 callmeroy on 4/23/2009 3:30:17 PM , Rating: 1
This is just RETARDED!!! .... It's just a game and the game its not even realistic!!! just X's on the babies face!!! Whats going on with the world ??

Oh the irony in your expressed view point there....for you to end with "What's going on with the world??".....

Its not retarded --- of course its just a game, but that is EXACTLY the point at least I was making and I assumed others were making who are against the app as well --- today there are no lines drawn more, everyone is just "do whatever you want....." --- there is no shock value anymore, nothing offends the majority -- less and less is off topic or out of bounds.

Complete de-sensitization is one of the key down falls of modern society.

I wash things off my shoulder too --- but its always with perspective. The whole mindset and everyone who shares the mindset of -- "do whatever you want, its cool...its not real after all..." Is what's wrong with the world.

It has nothing to do with being uptight, it has nothing to do with folks being "retarded", etc. It has everything to do with a healthy perspective on right and wrong. In this case maybe I should say tasteful and tasteless.

Easiest way to get the feeling I'm talking about --- picture your child looking over your shoulder while you are playing this game? If your honest answer is "so what"....then please reply that its so what -- then I'll know to never ever bother to put any weight into any comment you ever make again. On any subject.

RE: geeez
By ClownPuncher on 4/23/2009 3:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
How do you know what the downfall of modern society is? I think EVERYONE agrees that the game is tastless, but being tastless is a choice that people can make if they want. I personally think the downfall of modern society will be from people imposing their own set of morals on others.

If you think it is going to make people go out and harm children, then I dont know what to tell you, other than WTF?? People who shake babies are already effed up in the head, a cartoony game is not going to indoctrinate a generation of people into baby murdering wack jobs.

RE: geeez
By smackababy on 4/23/2009 4:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
You can't be serious. You are advocating censorship. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean it should be banned. I don't like gay porn, but I don't cry that it exists.

Do I respond "so what" to your question? Nope. I respond with "Learn to be a parent and enforce some morals and guidence."

What's going on in this world when you have to force me to not enjoy things you don't like because you can't be responsible enough to keep it away from your children or simply explain why it is "bad" or "wrong"?

Everyone against this game might as well be against every book, movie, song, video game that has ever dealt with violence towards children. Go ahead and burn down the library and board up the internet while you're at it.

RE: geeez
By mindless1 on 4/24/2009 6:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you can't discern the difference between this game and burning down a library and boarding up the internet, odds are good you can't discern the difference between play-acting violence against children and the real thing.

The reason why we frown upon trash like this is there are too many people in the world who, despite what you or I /think/ they should and shouldn't do, are going to act irresponsibly then place the blame on someone else. Like it or not that does effect other people, innocent people.

It's easy to throw around the word censorship but there are worse things than your ideal of 0% censorship. This game is not an important idea being suppressed, not a statement of rights or individuality, it has no useful purpose whatsoever.

Yell "fire" in a crowded theater when there isn't one and find out why a minimal level of restraint is needed.

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