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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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By ggordonliddy on 4/23/2009 9:46:33 PM , Rating: 0
If they show the baby being ripped out of a womb to start each level, people have to stop complaining because then it is the same as abortion. The player can take on the role of abortion "doctor", so it is just a "legitimate" profession being portrayed.

There is documented scientific evidence that babies early in the pregnancy feel immense pain (as if any thinking person would need such evidence, when it is obvious) while being tortured to death in abortion procedures (unlike waterboarding which is not torture, you @#$!@#$ liberal pansies who want nothing more than to hand our country over to the world community). So if it is acceptable (and praised) by so many people in this country, there should be absolutely no complaints about it being bloodily portrayed in a video game. And if it's okay to slice the viable baby up within the womb, why isn't it okay to remove the baby and put it in a blender or microwave? Is it only bad if you can see it?! So it's okay if it's hidden beneath the mother's skin?!




By AlmostExAMD on 4/24/2009 4:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
Waterboarding not torture? LOL
Come here and let me demonstrate on you,Let me DROWN you over and over again and see if you feel the same way.
The problem with waterboarding is that IT WORKS because it is torture.Meaning the threat of death you are gonna spill your guts and tell them what they wanna hear because you want the PAIN to stop.
It produces the gag reflex instantly,Extremely painful and can potentially cause brain damage.
Having experienced the opposite side of drowning in a dam when I was young,That was more than bad enough. I would hate to experience a deliberate drowning over and over again.

Babies in early pregnancy are not even babies,Fetuses more like it.Don't see how they could possibly feel pain as their brains arent developed enough to communicate with pain receptors,Think its about 20+weeks.Most abortions are carried out in the first 6-12 weeks.
Doctors have acknowledge that a fetus needs a cortex to connect to the brain in order to feel pain, the cortex connects the brain to the pain nerves in the end of second trimester (24/25/ weeks on.) Therefore if the nerves havent connected to the brain, the fetus cannot feel pain as the brain needs to send a message to the nervous system in order for us to understand that.
Where is this evidence I would like to read how they showed the fetus experiencing pain,Did it talk to them,Did it wave it's arms or legs ohh that's right they arent wired in yet either damn? lol


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