Anti-violence campaigners in the U.K. are upset by iPhone apps which simulate real-world firearms, reports the Evening Standard.
At issue are freely-distributed titles such as Bang Bang and Shotgun Free, which advertise a gun-like user experience. From the Evening Standard:
Software available free from Apple’s online store allows the devices to emit a loud gunshot sound when the owner points it and shakes it… Several different guns are available, from revolvers to shotguns, including a "gangsta edition" where the serial numbers have been filed off.
John Beyer of mediawatch UK, a frequent critic of violent video games, told the newspaper:
In view of recent events in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, I think anything that glamorises guns and shooting is in extremely poor taste. I would hope that whoever is responsible for this would withdraw it immediately.