However fact remains that some apps just can’t make it on the App Store, ever. What’s interesting, is that it is not the violent shooters, nor games where you drive over people for fun. No, it is thought-provoking apps, games that touch on real-world issues like the war in Syria, the tragedies over rare-earth minerals in Africa, the maltreatment of overseas workers in China.
There are developers that make those kinds of games that are not just fun, but actually eye-opening, provocative.
Interestingly, this is the exact target of Apple censorship. App Store rules shockingly explain the curated app catalog would not tolerate such titles:
What’s shocking here is how frank Apple’s terms and conditions are. No legal weeble-wobble, no metaphors.
Why would Apple want to censor the medium of apps and games that many claim it has reinvented by launching the first mass-market application store for mobile devices? We don’t know the answer to that question.
Apple pulled thought-provoking game Phone Story from its App Store
Let’s not fool ourselves, the medium does not really matter and this type of censorship should not exist in a democratic environment. The reality however is clear - the App Store is not a democratic place, it is a walled garden, a model Apple has long been pushing on users. Whether you want to support that is a whole different question, though. Feel free to speak your mind about this in the comments below.