OMG! Images of Guns! In the App Store! OMG!

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“Apple has asked some developers of gun-based iOS games to remove pictures of weapons from the promotional images used on the App Store.” Of course they have. Because as everyone knows, simply glimpsing a gat while casually browsing for something that allows you to play your favorite tunes on a fart piano can turn an unsuspecting yoot into a bloodthirsty killer. As arstechnica.com makes clear, the censoring doesn’t apply to the actual applications – yet. So images like the one above from the game Tempo have been pixellated to obscure the offending firearm. Which brings to mind . . .

the anti-cigarette crusading senator in the movie, ‘Thank You For Smoking.’ In a similar vein, he wanted all entertainment, including classic films, to be digitally “enhanced” to remove any hint of tobacco.

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How long will it be before that idea catches on and we see something similar proposed by hoplophobes?

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comments

  1. avatar DickDanger says:

    So another reason to hate Apple? Groovy.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      And here I was thinking I didn’t need any more.

      1. avatar Lox Thomson says:

        Apple, ‘We invented Evil’
        If Hitler was alive today he would have an iPhone…Just like Dianne Feinstein and Pelosi do.

  2. avatar franko says:

    I sat on a couple of extremely long flights last week and watched four movies including Fury, The Drop and 2 others.
    Guess what ALL four had in them? Guns and cigarettes, lots and lots of cigarettes. I never knew Brad Pitt could smoke so many damn cigarettes. These Hollywood types sure don’t mind promoting guns and death sticks.
    Wonder why they’re so against them when they’re not for them?

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      Oh, they’re actually very pro-gun and pro-smoking. They just don’t want you to enjoy those things. You see, in their minds, those (among a great many other things) should be in the sole providence of the rich.

      Typical ivory-tower, Hollyweird elitist hypocrisy.

      P.S.: I don’t begrudge actors for playing a period character according to the social structure of the time. However, when speaking to and about today’s society, it is entirely appropriate to point out the blatant and rampant disconnect between what they say and what they do.

      1. avatar dxbandit says:

        Brad Pitt is a bad example here seeing on how he loves guns and everyone’s gun rights.

    2. avatar Jay-El says:

      Brad Pitt is pro-gun.

    3. avatar Scrubula says:

      Good points.

      Watching people smoke in movies has never made me want to. The same way watching a horror movie about a serial killer doesn’t make normal people want to kill.

  3. avatar David says:

    I wonder What would happen If the slave labor used To manufacture these Phones Had access to guns. Oh , no, they don’t have that right Because they live under the oppressive thumb of a communist government. I wonder if they voted for that?

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      But the elves in Candyland who make the iCrap toys are so delighted to work for slave wages that cover only their bed and food that FoxConn last year put anti-suicide nets around their plant so said jolly elves don’t make themselves into sidewalk pizza too often.

      1. avatar Steve Day says:

        But Bill – that would suggest people can kill themselves with something other than guns … which we all know is impossible!

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    I can’t wait for the next gen, Apple approved Call of Duty, where two opposing armies exchange harsh words.

    1. avatar Piet Padkos says:

      Not too harsh though.

      1. avatar Ing says:

        “Hate speech” is a war crime, didn’t you know?

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Or strongly worded texts.

    3. avatar Pieslapper says:

      “Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!”

      1. avatar David PA/NJ says:

        Fetch a la vache!

  5. avatar C.Z. says:

    much ado about nothing.

    Since the icons and previews can be seen by everybody they require these promotional materials to be age appropriate at the lowest level. It’s a parental control thing, and these rules have been around for a long time although not always enforced strictly. It’s like getting a ticket for jaywalking, it usually doesn’t happen but it’s on the books.

  6. avatar TX Gungal says:

    Note to Apple, just shut up and carry on with Iphone
    Note to Actors, just shut up and act

  7. avatar Alex P. says:

    I think it is a completely reasonable request

    Look at this baby.

  8. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Remind me to stick to ANDROID…

    1. Yeah, well the Googlenoids aren’t one bit better. Just FYI.

    2. avatar John S. says:

      Google is just as bad if not worse; the vast vast majority of tech companies, be it Apple, Google, Facebook etc are openly anti 2A

  9. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    My virgin mobile android cost 15bucks. And I’m ok with it. Apple,Google, Fakebook, Micros##t and the others all suck. I guess I could go live in a cave…

    1. avatar whatever says:

      Its The One Ring: walled gardens where alpha geeks can control what people do with their computers and how they do it. If you agree to the EULA, they can thought control with abandon.

  10. avatar BlueBronco says:

    We gun people have really got to get away from funding these gun ban billionaires like Apple and Micro Sucks. Its time that someone starting putting out commercial ready machines with Linux. Screw Bill Gates and Balmer.

    1. avatar whatever says:

      That’s not going to happen as long as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony dominate the supply chains in Asia.

  11. avatar Hannibal says:

    Apple… no surprise. Their business model is a walled off garden where the inhabitants hopefully never figure out there’s anything outside.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Outside?

      Why, there’s viruses and flash and all sorts of horrors outside the nice, clean, sterile, calming walls of Apple OS…

  12. avatar Gearmoe says:

    With all the games out there and the popularity thereof, I’m surprised. Odd they would take the time to focus on such small issues. And to protect whom? from what? Seems like a Co. attorney is involved. They should remain neutral as a business is supposed to treat everyone with equality. They should reconsider.

  13. avatar Fuque says:

    Now if they could Just pixellate that damnedable 2A, that keeps getting in the way of disarming Americans..

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