April 23, 2009

An open letter to Apple

Dear Apple, specifically those at apple that regulate iPhone applications,
You would think that one would see the problem with allowing an application through your device where the player's sole goal is to shake a baby.  Especially if you don't want to be associated with violence towards children.  However, you let that slide.  What were you thinking?  Enjoy the public relations storm this will result in.  

Love, d20 Sapphire

p.s. Still glad I didn't feed into the hype and got your phone.


There is some talk on Game Politics about censorship here.  Some people claim that this game shouldn't be censored at all.  But Apple is a private organization, hence they can choose what applications are sold on their sites.  Don't shame Apple for pulling the game (albeit, twice since it got put back on again) since it's not squandering anyone's freedoms.  

Another question going around is if there's something wrong with a game like this, or is it all just in fun?  Well it depends on how you feel about video games.  If you feel games should be treated amorally, and are purely there for enjoyment, then there's nothing wrong with this game existing.  However, if video games are to be amoral, and hence not start a conversation within you about your morals, it makes it harder to argue that video games should be perceived as art.  Art, or should I say the majority of art, is supposed to interact with your senses and your beliefs.  A lot of art is disturbing as well as pleasing, both for their own reasons.  For those of you who don't believe me, read the play Marat/Sade.  It's a beautifully disturbing play with a message about revolution.  It's art meant to make you think, despite some of the horrid subject matter.

Hence, to no longer judge video games morally is to lose the idea of video games as art.

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