|May 21, 2014, 02:31 PM||#1|
Apple Pulls Top Free iOS App 'Weed Firm' from App Store
Released earlier this month, somewhat controversial iOS game Weed Firm quickly shot to the top of the App Store charts for free apps. The game centers around a marijuana business, with the player controlling a character responsible for all aspects of growing and selling the product.
Just as quickly as it arrived, Weed Firm has disappeared from the App Store, with the game's developer, Manitoba Games, tweeting yesterday that the game would be removed for "a few days" to address "a few maintenance things". That may not be the complete story, however, as Manitoba Games has posted a note on its website (via CNET) noting that the removal "was entirely Apple's decision, not ours."
The developers don't share Apple's specific justification for the removal, claiming that while there may have been some objections to "illegal activities", Apple must have simply thought it was "too good" of a game as there are a number of other marijuana-themed apps available in the App Store.
Manitoba Games promises that Weed Firm will be returning to the App Store shortly, although some of the more controversial aspects of the game may need to be toned down given the close scrutiny Apple will undoubtedly give the app upon review.
Apple maintains a list of review guidelines for App Store submissions, but as part of the document's broader themes the company also reserves the right to reject "any content or behavior that we believe is over the line". As such, Weed Firm may simply have been a borderline case that garnered a second look as it soared to the top of the charts. But exactly what changes Apple will require of the app's developers in order for Weed Firm to return remain to be seen.
Article Link: Apple Pulls Top Free iOS App 'Weed Firm' from App Store
|May 21, 2014, 02:34 PM||#6|
Yet the "Whack a Girl in the Head With a Shovel" game is still available.
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|May 21, 2014, 02:36 PM||#10|
|May 21, 2014, 02:37 PM||#11|
As the devs said, there are all kinds of games with illegal activities: shooting, killing, running criminal organizations, etc.
Even strategy/conquest games allow you to violate international law by attacking and subjugating foreign countries.
|May 21, 2014, 02:41 PM||#15|
|May 21, 2014, 02:47 PM||#18|
Those political bafoons sure did a very solid job of poisoning the USA against this useful plant and mostly harmless drug. I still think pot heads are idiots, but it's become clear to me that weed is far less a legit problem in the USA than alcohol and other street drugs. Then we have the fully legal and worshipped drugs: caffeine, cigarettes, & sugar/sweeteners. The worst of all of them being the legal use of psych drugs, constantly pushed by "healthcare" industry people to everyone and anyone for everything and anything.
Once capitalists stop fearing marijuana, they will have an explosion of opportunism over the plant. The only down side for corporate America is it cannot be patented. That's why Dow chemical was so heavily involved in political lobbying to make it illegal in the first place.
If it cannot be exploited by capitalism, it's unwanted here. Know what other things cannot be exploited by capitalism? Democracy, representation, reedom, justice, truth, independent thought, and all the other stuff Americans think our nation stands for.
|May 21, 2014, 02:48 PM||#19|
From the App Store Review Guidelines:
A more effective solution however might be to add a couple medical signs to suggest it's a medical marijuana business, which wouldn't make it an "illegal substance" in that context.
|May 21, 2014, 02:49 PM||#22|
Doesn't sound like we really know why it was actually pulled. The whole thing about it being about weed or relating to illegal activities is certainly a decent conjecture in a way, but that's all it is so far, just a theory.
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|May 21, 2014, 02:50 PM||#23|
Hey Apple... It's a GAME... relax a bit...
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|May 21, 2014, 02:51 PM||#25|
Well, it was a bit too skeuomorphic, but it's nothing a simple design tweak can't fix:
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