Greg Gant, on April 24th 2009, 06:41 PM, said:
Oh c'mon, you never laughed at something that wasn't appropriate? Never made a joke that wasn't in good taste? I just don't buy it. Either that or you're the most hyper conservative person I've ever had the pleasure to engage in some format of conversation with.
A good deal of great standup comedy is derived inappropriateness of it all and there's plenty of TV shows like South Park, Dave Chapelle, Family Guy and other recent TV shows, all of which made jokes pretty much of everything you just listed. Maybe you are but I doubt you're offended by any of those sources. Its the videogame double standard as aforementioned. Step back from the keyboard, have a breather and think about it. No one is forcing anyone to download a poorly done baby shaking app, and I actually happen to be in favor of the ability to filter content so you can go about your day not worrying about infantile humor (Yup, I went there...) on your iPhone/Touch .
I'll admit I was being hyperbolic in my post
Oh yes, I've laughed at many great inappropriate things. As a general rule too many people are offended by too much stuff. A lot of stuff in life needs to be faced with a laugh and a lot of people in life need to be able to laugh at themselves. But that doesn't mean that everything inappropriate is funny to me, or that as levels of inappropriateness increases that the level of humor increases. Some stuff I just find sad, tasteless, and worrisome. And that's pretty much the category I put the shaken baby app.
I'm not the type of person who would ever legislate morality. While I'm glad to see the shaken baby app gone, I shudder at the thought of the government decreeing that thou shalt not make shaken baby apps. But the "no one is forcing you to download the app" argument breaks down at a point. I believe that someone could hypothetically create an app too horrendous to be allowed. So at that point the discussion becomes on where on the sliding scale do we draw the line. Clearly there exist legal limits to freedom of exp
ression, video games are no different. Not a big fan of censorship, but also not a big fan of telling Apple/Walmart/Whoever what content they have to carry in order to avoid censorship. Both are trampling on freedoms.
Anyways, I agree Apple should have a rating system or a filter, but it's entirely up to Apple. It's their device, they have every right to control the content that goes on to it and they can be as heavy handed or as lenient as they want.
the Battle Cat, on April 25th 2009, 09:35 AM, said:
One of your games involves blowing up cute little harmless magical flying pink ponies with a rocket launcher. Their only defense is to throw candy at you.
Ever been hit by candy thrown by a pony? It hurts
! Bastard ponies have it coming, and if a rocket launcher happens to be involved... well, who am I to say no?