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Apple Yanks "Sweatshop Themed" Game From App Store 184

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First time accepted submitter danhuby writes "Apple have removed sweatshop-themed game Sweatshop HD by UK developers LittleLoud from their app store citing clause 16.1 — 'Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected.' According to the PocketGamer article, Littleloud's head of games, Simon Parkin, told Pocket Gamer that 'Apple removed Sweatshop from the App Store last month stating that it was uncomfortable selling a game based around the theme of running a sweatshop.'"
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Apple Yanks "Sweatshop Themed" Game From App Store

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  • Game Dev Story (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Akratist (1080775) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:18AM (#43234947)
    Then how did Game Dev Story get approved??
  • Apple (Score:5, Funny)

    by bradgoodman (964302) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:20AM (#43234965) Homepage
    What, so only APPLE is allowed to run a sweatshop?
    • by emagery (914122)
      Yeah, seems a bit two-faced, huh? To be fair, Apple has the strictest pro-labor requirements of places like Foxconn out of all of Foxconn's clients... but they're still terribly lax and sweat-shoppy. I think they are more concerned with people making this kind of connection than 'objectional content,' seeing as how violence in games (while not as controversial as many claim) could just as easily be considered far more 'uncomfortable' a reality to confront than sweatshops.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Yeah, requirements of FoxConn. Not FoxConn's subcontractors.

        Inspectors go in, FoxConn guy says "Oh no, these are workers of PhantomCorp, not our employees" and the Inspector goes the other way.

        PS, Angry Birds smashing pigs? That makes me uncomfortable! Very uncomfortable!

        • Inspectors go in, FoxConn guy says "Oh no, these are workers of PhantomCorp, not our employees" and the Inspector goes the other way.

          I wonder what evidence you have for this. BTW, Apple performs audits at Foxconn and right now about 150 subcontractors, and at least two companies lost their contracts after an audit.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Dishevel (1105119)

        Killing people is less offensive to Apple than not paying people enough.

    • Re:Apple (Score:5, Interesting)

      by epiphani (254981) <<ten.lad> <ta> <inahpipe>> on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:31AM (#43235121)

      Nope. This exact thing has happened before - except it was Nike, not Apple:

      http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blnike.htm [about.com]

    • Re:Apple (Score:5, Insightful)

      by _xeno_ (155264) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:39AM (#43235211) Homepage Journal

      What, so only APPLE is allowed to run a sweatshop?

      No, no, no. Apple doesn't run any sweatshops.

      They contract that out. That way, they can be shocked - shocked! - to learn that their third party contractors are running sweatshops and hiring children. Plus they can "drop" the manufacturers who hire children, just to rehire them under a different name when people stop paying attention.

      Plus, Apple's contractors have the best suicide-prevention nets in the industry! Who needs "livable working conditions" when you have suicide prevention nets?

      • Same thing happens here too. Big telcos hire out the installations to contractors (usually lowest bid) then dump them when the smallest thing happens.
        • by arekin (2605525)
          Believe me when I say that contracted installers for telcos are nothing like sweatshops. For starters while lacking the in house benefits they actually make more for their services because they are paid per job and not per hour. This is why people complain about contracted installers, often they rush the job to make more.
    • Re:Apple (Score:4, Informative)

      by Tx (96709) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @12:01PM (#43235521) Journal

      They probably have a patent on it.

    • What, so only APPLE is allowed to run a sweatshop?

      I think that this is obviously just Apple getting too big and attempting to throw its weight around to reduce competition. Of course, I could just be comparing Apple$ to Oranges... or Micro$oft.

  • by LordKaT (619540) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:22AM (#43234995) Homepage Journal

    If it makes you feel uncomfortable, force people to stop talking about it. The definition of political correctness!

    • by i kan reed (749298) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:45AM (#43235299) Homepage Journal

      It's not really though. The original intent of political correctness was to provide a way for people to be self-critical about the subtle biases that they engage in when they speak.

      When you say "black" as a description of someone, for example, your description carries with it connotations that aren't necessarily true, especially since in western culture the word black is historically associated with evil(i.e. black magic, black death, black mark, blacklist, etc.). Political correctness has never been legally forced on anyone, and it's a straw-man to call it "forcing" people to do things. The social judgement people get for failing to be politically correct is no different than the judgement that people get for being rude.

      I won't say political correctness has never been about people being offended, because many people invoking the concept have as poor an understanding of it as you do, but that's not the point.

      • by malkavian (9512)

        The problem being that many of the people invoking it, and not having a real understanding of it, manage to get other people in court and charged with offenses anyway.

        • [citation needed]

          No really. That seems like the sort of thing that, in the U.S. might just happen to have a constitutional limitation that the courts might just invoke. I'd love to see a court case where a judge ruled that "non-PC" speech was somehow a violation of a federal or state statute.

          I'm not saying it wouldn't ever be brought up in court: It could be relevant character evidence in another crime, so I'm not looking for examples of that, but of any sort of standing conviction that isn't completely m

      • the word black is historically associated with evil

        It's also been associated with entirely neutral things, such as the colour black, a surname, the name of a particular type of shrubby tree (blackthorn), certain fruits (blackcurrant, bleckberry), working with iron (blacksmith), certain birds (blackbird) and so on. And it's also been associated with good: the traditional choice of colour for the clergy is black robes.

        • I won't argue that words aren't complex. But there being neutral words associated with the color black doesn't alter the fact that the definitions of the word black, in the English dictionary, includes this entry: connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil. That's a hell of a thing to attach to a whole group of people, even incidentally.
          There's also more than just connotations to consider, though. That was only part of the idea that I happened to bring up for the sake of brevit

          • But there being neutral words associated with the color black doesn't alter the fact that the definitions of the word black, in the English dictionary, includes this entry: connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil. That's a hell of a thing to attach to a whole group of people, even incidentally.

            Like you said: words are complex. Words have multiple meaning. Outside of the area of race, people don't seem to have a problem distinguishing them, and correctly dismissing any supposed l

          • Black is associated with evil because it is black out at night. It has nothing to do with skin color.
        • by dkleinsc (563838)

          And it's also been associated with good: the traditional choice of colour for the clergy is black robes.

          Umm, I don't think you're supporting your own argument very well here, given what's been going on in the Catholic church recently.

      • by 0xdeadbeef (28836)

        The original intent of political correctness was to provide a way for people to be self-critical about the subtle biases that they engage in when they speak.

        No, it wasn't. [wikipedia.org]

        • You're talking about the term. I'm talking about the thing itself, which predates the stupid politically invented slur. That isn't really a correction.

      • by tragedy (27079)

        I thought the original intent of political correctness was to terrify military officers into obeying orders and never criticizing the administration for fear of imprisonment or death and that the term somehow got twisted into other uses.

    • by AdamWill (604569)

      No. The definition of 'political correctness' is 'handy term of abuse you can use to dismiss anyone who wants you to respect other people in any way'.

  • Thinking??? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Carnivore24 (467239) <brianshoNO@SPAMcomcast.net> on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:22AM (#43234997)
    "challenged people to think about the origin of the clothes we buy" Challenging people to think is one of the main things an Apple user is not allowed to do. Makes sense if you think about it.
  • Apple didn't grant them permission to create a simulator on how apple works so it was easier to just toss the app out before suing them for infringing their history. I'm also sure there were rounded corners somewhere in the app.

  • if its so easy, it might produce competitors.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I should think the objectionable thing would be the existence of those sweatshops. It's apparently just talking about them that is offensive? If we just look the other way and pretend they don't exist, then everything is peachy?

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      It's apparently just talking about them that is offensive? If we just look the other way and pretend they don't exist, then everything is peachy?

      It's a common defense mechanism for people who have done things that they would probably consider morally evil: pretend they never happened.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:33AM (#43235151)

    "Increasingly, Apple is not for doâ(TM)ers. It is not for power users. It is not for creators. It is not for people who think different. It is for posers. It is for hipsters. It is for metrosexuals. It is for wannabes and pretenders."

  • by digitalhermit (113459) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:39AM (#43235213) Homepage

    This game will be called "Patent War"...
    The object is to collect as many patents growing around the landscape stuff them in your pocket. The more patents you collect, the better are your chances against the Innovation Monster. Defeat the Innovation Monster and collect Gold Coins. Use the Gold Coins to buy Senators who can help build fences to keep the Innovation Monster away. Once you level up, defeat the Consumer Rights Beast and collect even more Gold Coins and even the Vorpal DRM which can stave off the Indie Media Goblin and the DIY Music Devil.

  • Typical (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:41AM (#43235239)

    Kill hundreds of thousands of virtual people in videogames? No prob! Force them to work in a sweatshop? That makes me a little uncomfortable.

  • Walled Garden (Score:5, Insightful)

    by stevegee58 (1179505) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:42AM (#43235253) Journal
    Welcome to the walled garden where everything is beautiful inside and you're protected from the ugly outside world (by the gardener's definition).
  • by theurge14 (820596) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:46AM (#43235325)

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • What about the Tapper game that's been around since the dawn of time where you have to frantically serve drinks to increasingly fast and angry patrons. Or the waitress game. Or any stressful job situation. Heck I think it's cruel to throw birds at pigs' houses.
    • Re:Tapper? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by vux984 (928602) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @12:19PM (#43235747)

      What about the Tapper game that's been around since the dawn of time ...

      You do realize Tapper was reworked to use Root Beer in most of its iterations including a version for Arcades, the version for Coleco and Atari, and even the version on Xbox Live all are "Rootbeer Tapper"... even the Tapper scene in "Wreck it Ralph"; looks like the original Tapper game, but the Bud logo is not present, and you can clearly hear a patron interrupt Tapper to order a Root Beer.

      Probably not the best example.

      • I don't believe any part of the post was about alcohol being objectionable material. Rather people working too hard for too little pay. (IE what is going on in a sweat shop). Now my opinion of the topic... it's pretty simple, apple hasn't been participating in the food service industry, so making their jobs look bad, isn't offensive to the ghost of Steve Jobs. Meanwhile Apple has indeed gotten media spotlight numerous times for the fact that they are part of the insanity that is the chinese manufacturing in
        • by vux984 (928602)

          Rather people working too hard for too little pay.

          Hmm.. you are probably right.

          And in that line of thought its particularly ironic, as the game was originally made to be played in bars, and was sponsored by Budweiser. Clearly that industry had no qualms about poking a little fun at itself.

          The only controversy Tapper ever had was when it made its way to more child friendly arcades and the alcohol theme became an issue.

  • Too close to home. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Culture20 (968837) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @11:49AM (#43235375)
    Seriously, a game called "5 minutes to kill yourself" (and the wedding day edition) is okay, but a game where you run a sweatshop isn't? I'm guessing the top tier goal of the sweatshop game had the workers building iGlasses for an unnamed American corporation.
  • Just turn the barbed wire to angle OUTWARD.

  • by rvw (755107) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @12:10PM (#43235627)

    Just got confirmation that the iPhone 6 has airco built in. So sweat is no longer an option and will be banned from the Appstore.

  • Streisand Effect (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @12:31PM (#43235897) Homepage Journal

    Never heard of Sweatshop HD before this...

    Now I MUST PLAY IT!!!!

    Good work, Apple, the dev couldn't pay for this kind of publicity.

  • by HycoWhit (833923) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @12:39PM (#43235987)
    Sweatshop HD is such a crude and offensive name. The game simply needs to be renamed: Foxconn Fun or iFactory, maybe Making Apples...
  • But non PC bullshit isn't. Swear to god I want the next fucking asteroid to hit us.

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