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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: Never shake a baby!
By Belard on 5/6/2009 5:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
It is no secret that in some states, CPS workers get money for placing children into new homes. CPS, like any other business or govt. enitity has corruption and incompentency.

The day-care nightmare from 1985 was a fact. There are these stories because such things happen. Just as you say that you have "good" experinces, there are way to many victims of CPS.

The companies that support CPS make money... they'll say the child needs (A) (B) and (C) which makes them $1000 a month.

I'm in the USA too... which isn't the perfect country and I don't think there is such a thing. But as noted, when people can abuse the system and not get in trouble for ruining peoples lives, that is a serious problem. Talk to some lawyers who have experince with CPS - they can be a nightmare. They can and DO work to fail the parents if they want to. As far as evidence... its out there, and as seen in COURT with CPS case-workers, they HAVE removed children based off of little / no evidence and not doing any research. They also trick parents into failure: If there is a report. Agree to take a parenting class to improve yourself. But taking a class proves your a bad parent.

CPS to judge: such and such happened.
Parents to Judge: No true.
Jude: give parents classes, sides with CPS.

BUT, yes some people need these classes, some of these kids need to be saved. But when the system is abused, its breaks it.

If you have a son taken away from you based off of lies or incorrect report - what right should someone rip your child from your arms without PROOF first? Its pretty bad when a person calls CPS for help and they don't do anything because they requires work... and when they do something, its wrong wrong wrong.


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