July 20, 2009 by dennis
By now we all know how strict Apple is with new AppStore apps approvals. There’s been a lot of apps that have been rejected for various reasons.
But after a closer look, it appears that Apple’s acceptance standards are rather arbitrary. Simply putting it, they might accept some apps that probably shouldn’t have been accepted, while rejecting some that should have. Let’s have a look at one case in particular.
One of the developers of Zombie School iPhone game recently posted the following interesting promo blurb on iPhoneWorld.ca’s forums (do note that he writes “My friend just downloaded this iPhone game“, while we were in fact able to trace the post back to the developer of the game Retarded Arts, through a previous post by the same user on our forum):
Killing your classmates and Principle, Are you out of your Mind?
Guys, This is totally insane! How can a normal person play this kind of crazy game? Could someone tell me please?
My friend just downloaded this iPhone game called “Zombie School”, in which you are killing your zombie friends, classmates and even the principle! I think the creators of this game are out of their minds! This is like promoting school shooting!
I am also shocked by the fact that my friends love this game. They really enjoy killing their classmates or teachers using bow, machine gun and grenades. They just bomb the Cheerleader into several pieces!!!
Oh my god, People are out of their mind these days.
As the developer himself writes: “This is like promoting school shooting!” Why did Apple accept a game like this one into the AppStore while rejecting many other ones?
Is it acceptable that you shoot up your class because they’re zombies and want to eat your flesh? We’d say go for it.
Is it acceptable as a developer of the game to write: “I am also shocked by the fact that my friends love this game. They really enjoy killing their classmates or teachers using bow, machine gun and grenades. They just bomb the Cheerleader into several pieces!!!” as a promo ad for his game? Hmmm… good question, isn’t it?
Was it acceptable for Apple to have accepted this game into the AppStore before this promo was posted?
..And what if they knew of this sort of promo now?
We’d love to know what you think!
P.S, Only last year an 18 year old American student was arrested on felony charges, after writing a zombie school massacre story. Now what would be the consequences of bringing this game to school?
P.P.S. Following our coverage the game was pulled from the AppStore.
- Zombie School iPhone app pulled following iPhoneWorld.ca story: developer’s responce
- Zombie School iPhone app: Post Mortem Review
- Zombieville USA: new iPhone zombie-shooting game
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