iPhone App Rejected for being too Violent

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by chickenhouse, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. chickenhouse macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    Hi all,

    My app was rejected for being too violent. Yet there's a heap of violent apps in the store. I write about it here in my blog "iPhone App Rejected for being too Violent"

    Anyone else had the same problem?

    If you like the story please digg it.

  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i agree with apple

    apps like that have no place in the app store
  3. jbennardo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Ours was rejected because we had little padlocks on premium features that you unlock through the in-app store. Sportacular has little locks on certain extras and that one is fine. :rolleyes:
  4. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
  5. rKunda macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2008
    I agree. I like that Apple attempts to maintain some moral constraints on what it puts up.
  6. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    If they put an +17 on it,,, I don't see a problem with this. Heck, look at the games we see today. And some of these games can be played on a Mac.

    I don't know where to draw the line. Is there anything that says a game can't be violent? I know about the porn stuff, but violence?
  7. chickenhouse thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    My main concern is about the apparent hypocrisy. There are apps that are a lot more violent than mine in the store. Apple's concern that mine encourages violence more than others I think is unfounded. It's pretty harmless really. Certainly a lot less violent than paintball or other shooting style games around, that are perfectly legal.

    Of course I'm happy to make it 17+ and then it's up to the parents to police what children can and can't have access to.

    iPhone Apps don't kill people. People kill people! ;)
  8. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I guess the problem is not that you're shooting, (doom is in the app store after all), but that you are shooting actual real people.
    I can see why that might raise red flags, I can also see that you could have avoided rejection by making it paintball instead of blood animations.
  9. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    Actually I agree with you.

    Didn't a 12 year old boy put out an app like this just 1 month ago? But with laser beams .....and no blood ? .....Same concept .:confused:
  10. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
  11. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    I DISAGREE with this censorship. Age restrict the App, and it should be up to the parents to decide, not Apple. This is not OK, but the sniper games are?

    Hypocrisy at it's finest.

    And before anyone say's it's "real people", a pixel is a pixel. There's nothing "real" at all.
  12. chickenhouse thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    I just want to clarify as there is some confusion.

    The App IS now available in the App Store "Augmented - Wanted Dead or Alive". I just had to remove the blood component. So it's a tame version of the original.
  13. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    Do you want me to use your vacation photos of you and your family and make them gore to the ****?

    That's what this app does...
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I fail to see where the line between useful apps and senseless ******** apps is drawn these days. The iPhone app store has become a joke. I think a few novelty apps are fine but when dumbass novelty apps out number useful apps then that's a problem. Even the 10,000 flash light apps are semi useful.

    I agree with Apple on this but I also wish this developer would focus his efforts on something more positive.
  15. strike1555 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    Anybody that agrees with Apple on this is nothing short of a complete moron.

    So it's ok for me to play Gameloft's "Gangster" and kill cops and other people but this isn't ok?

    Another shining example of Apple failure.

    Because there's like, no other way to do that right?
  16. chickenhouse thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    I understand your frustration.

    But if you look in the top 100 of the AppStore you'll find very few "useful" apps.

    Most of them are games and novelty apps. These are the types of apps that are making people millionaires.

    There's little incentive for developers to make useful apps, that take longer to develop and may not see the light of day, due to the review process and how the store is set up. It may have a niche market, as games and novelty seem to be the most popular.

    Just look at number 40 in the US store "Finger Scale". It's clearly impossible to weigh things with your iPhone. 1,503 people out of the 1,672 have rated it 1 star. All the reviews say that it doesn't work.

    Yet it's number 40 in the store and making the developer $1,000s of dollars a day. It probably took him a few hours to make.

    If you were a developer what would you do? Spend 6 months and earn $100 or spend a day and earn $100,000?
  17. AndyCodez macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2009
    Heres the thing though, why should your opinion limit those who would want the app? If it's on the app store, and you don't like it, then don't buy it. It's as simple as that.

    Personally I wouldn't buy the app but I think people who would want it should have access to it.
  18. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    I got this app through a promo code, and frankly I dont really care one way or another. Its a pretty useless app as it is. All it is is adding simulated bullet holes to objects.

    Meh, deleted.

    Sorry if I offended you developer guy, I would have said the same thing in iTunes. At least im keeping it out of there and witholding a 2 star review.

    As Jessica said, more useful apps are needed.
  19. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    My opinions.

    1) I also got this app with a free promo code and I'm sparing the developer a negative review on itunes. Frankly - the app is relatively useless. And it's certainly not a "game" as it was originally marketed as.

    2) The developer (and I don't mean to incite) is clearly posting to advertise/shill his application. Notice that his first post is all about his blog and even encourages the spreading of the blog via Digg. His blog also states how he names all his apps with an "a" as a means to position his apps at the top of lists. Fine and dandy. But If you're going to try and "work the system" and the system doesn't work for you - please don't cry about it.

    This thread is nothing more than a way to draw attention to his app.
  20. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    You're complaining about a useless app like that?
  21. chickenhouse thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2009
    There have been loads of very popular gun apps, like shotgun, that have even been in the top 10. So it seems people like these kinds of apps.

    My app "Wanted - Dead or Alive" overlays the gun onto the camera and allows you to record who or what you've shot. Surely that's more "useful" than shotgun (which just makes the noises).

    Ultimately what's in the App Store is determined by the customers. If people keep buying novelty apps then developers will keep making them.
  22. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
  23. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Don't care if anybody thinks it is usesless. If you don't want it, you don't have to get it. Nobody is pointing a gun at your head telling you to get it. (punny i know).

    Samething goes for pretty much anything. If you don't like it, don't get it. Some people will like this and want it.
  24. strike1555 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    Congratulations on entirely missing the point. It's about the hypocrisy.

    Oh yeah, it's spelled useless. Kind of like your post, ;).
  25. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Are you effin serious? Did you just say that his app is SHOOTING REAL PEOPLE?

    I swear some of the posters here sometimes make me want to kill myself. May be I should use the OP's app since you can use it to SHOOT REAL PEOPLE.

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