Apple rejected the “Binding of Isaac” game from its store, and it is not the first time when the company censors a game unnecessarily. The reason that the company gave for this decision was that the game was depicting violence and abuse against children
This is not the first time that a game was refused by the Apple Store because of various reasons. The main argument was that games are not as valuable as books or songs are. And they have a strict moral policy when it comes to graphic content that depicts violence and abuse against children, or racial slurs or encouragements of deviated behavior such as drug abuse.
But it seems that the standard is only applied to games, because there are plenty of such books, movies, and songs in the Apple Store, some of them, for example, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, contain both child and drug abuse.
The game that they refuse to make available for iOS, the “Binding of Isaac” is a parody of the biblical tale of Isaac, the son of Abraham, which was almost sacrificed by his father in the name of God. The character in the game, which is also named Isaac. The boy is locked in the basement by his mother and he has to undergo certain trials involving plagues and monsters that are a parallel to the events that happen in the Bible.
But Apple prefers not to sell this kind of games, not even to adults that actually have a sense of humor. But they do make large amounts of profits from games that are directed towards children and that are filled with scenes in which you lose certain character abilities if you do not pay a dollar, or you can’t unlock another level or character without paying.
Other games that they refused to add to their store were Endgame: Syria, a game which takes place during the actual civil war in Syria and doesn’t contain any of the dangerous content that we listed earlier. It was just inspired by real events that happened during the war.
Also, the HappyPlayTime game which was a game designed to provide sexual education to women was not considered worthy of being in the Apple Store.
Apple’s actions are legal. They are entitled to refuse any application that they don’t see fit for their users. But this doesn’t mean that they are not applying unnecessary censorship. Taking into account the fact that iOS supports very few games, people that prefer to have the liberty of choosing their own games should stick to Android.
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