Microsoft Rejects Windows Phone Game Because 'Flushing Toilet Sounds' Offend Asians

April 20, 2012 -

A game called Occupied Forever can't get certified from Microsoft for release in China because the flushing sounds it contains apparently offend Asians. At least that's what Austrian indie developer Christian Zangl claims Microsoft told him when they rejected his game from Windows Phone Marketplace in the region.

Microsoft has a requirement for its Windows Phone Marketplace that "Content that is offensive in any country/region to which your application is targeted is not allowed." Occupied Forever failed certification because it "contains content that depicts toilet flushing sounds [...]" and is targeted at Asian countries (like China, Iran, etc.). Apparently the sound of flushing toilets bothers people in these countries.

But Zangl notes that the game, which is already available for iOS devices in China, has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. If the Chinese market is offended by the game, they have a funny way of showing it.

"As always it's up to the developer to submit again and try to convince the tester that the game should be certified," said Zangl. "In my opinion you shouldn't create and enforce rules that you can't even define."

The game is free on iTunes and the Windows Phone Marketplace.


Comments

Re: Microsoft Rejects Windows Phone Game Because 'Flushing ...

Then don't let it show i nthe asian app store /solution

Re: Microsoft Rejects Windows Phone Game Because 'Flushing ...

So uh, what are Chinese toilets like?  Are they just holes in the floor or are they super sophisticated, silent flushers?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Microsoft Rejects Windows Phone Game Because 'Flushing ...

I think it is just a general toilet humor level of offense. At least that is what I would hope.

 
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