It's Hard Out There for an App

September 15, 2010 -

Apple's guidelines for App developers are strict, as we have detailed in multiple stories on Game Politics. But as this editorial on Gamasutra points out, the company is also vague in its guidelines - and apparently playing the part of parents who are just too lazy to set up parental controls.

The main thrust of the editorial is about the murky language of Apple's App Store Review Guidelines document, and how difficult it is to get an App on an Apple device given all of these loosely defined restrictions.

Here is a sample on sexual content (from Apple's App Store Review Guidelines document):

"Explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings."

And another on violence:

"Apps involving realistic depictions of weapons in such a way as to encourage illegal or reckless use of such weapons will be rejected."

Read Kyle Orland's commentary on these and other sections of the document at Gamasutra.

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WonderkarpI wish I was a rainbow unicorn. I Like My Little Pony05/05/2015 - 2:59pm
Matthew WilsonI am ok with brand deals, so long as they say it up front.05/05/2015 - 2:50pm
Andrew EisenI'm not 100% behind the theory that you're a rainbow unicorn but you've done nothing to make me think otherwise.05/05/2015 - 2:46pm
E. Zachary KnightSo, your problem is not taking money from developers to produce a video, but in the perception that the person took money to produce a video. Gotcha.05/05/2015 - 2:45pm
Wonderkarplike politicians. capital hill would be very different if senators had to wear their sponsors on their jackets like NASCAR05/05/2015 - 2:41pm
Wonderkarpe zach. then thats alright. full disclosure man. i like knowing who sponsered these opinions when i watch a video. lets you see through bullshit05/05/2015 - 2:38pm
Wonderkarpgranted im not 100% behind the theory, the people at femfreq have done nothing to make me think otherwise05/05/2015 - 2:36pm
Andrew Eisenand until you actually watch it and learn what her arguments are, criticizing her opinion makes you look immature and foolish.05/05/2015 - 2:35pm
E. Zachary KnightWonderkarp, here is the video. They admit outright at the beginning that the Total War devs paid them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbBHk_zLTmY05/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Andrew EisenWell, that's an entertaining albeit completely unsupported conspiracy theory you've got there but it still doesn't change the content of her video…05/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Wonderkarpits still undisclosed05/05/2015 - 2:33pm
Wonderkarpe zach, do they say who funded them? cause if not, then id have a problem with them. and Andrew, theres enough info there to follow. i believe that it was chosen to boost sales on the older game as a way to fund the newer game in development.05/05/2015 - 2:32pm
Andrew EisenYes, dude, I'm sure the MAIN reason Sarkeesian decided to talk about the Scythian is because some guy who didn't work on it but eventually worked for the company that did, backed her Kickstarter.05/05/2015 - 2:29pm
Andrew EisenHA HA HA HA HA! Oh my God, are you SERIOUS? Did you even read what you linked? One guy backed her kickstarter AFTER The Scythian released and BEFORE he went to work at Capybara!05/05/2015 - 2:28pm
E. Zachary KnightWonderkarp, do you feel the same way about Extra Credits? They took money from a game developer to produce a series of videos that act as a kind of advertising for that developer's game.05/05/2015 - 2:23pm
Wonderkarphttps://m.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/315zh3/possible_ethics_issue_with_anitas_latest_video/05/05/2015 - 2:22pm
Andrew EisenIt may well be. What evidence have you seen that Capybara donated prior to the video's release?05/05/2015 - 2:18pm
Wonderkarpit is still a fact. first game she gushes over paid her. i wont say they paid her for the advert. but that fact still stands05/05/2015 - 2:16pm
Andrew EisenTrue or not, that does not change the arguments she makes in her video.05/05/2015 - 2:12pm
Wonderkarptheres also the fact the the games devs donated to femfreq and here she is advertising their game05/05/2015 - 2:10pm
 

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