Apple tosses Civil War games showing the Confederate flag from the App Store

Apple tosses Civil War games showing the Confederate flag from the App Store
In the current environment where anything with a Confederate flag (including the flag itself) is being thrown off store shelves, Apple has removed all Civil War games that show the flag from the App Store. For example, all of the Civil War games developed by Hungry Cow, Ultimate General: Gettysburg and other titles are no longer available. Apple has released a terse statement that reads "We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines."

Reportedly, Apple has told HexWar Games that their games were pulled because they show the Confederate flag being used in violation of Apple's guidelines. But the Developer says that it only included the flag because of the historical context. HexWar hopes to have its games listed again in the App Store after replacing the traditional flag with a different and less-known 1861 version.
But not every developer plans on giving in to Apple in order to sell their game to iOS users. Game Labs, the developers of Ultimate General: Gettysburg, released a statement in which it said that the Confederate flag was used in its games for historical reasons. Unlike HexWar, Game Labs has decided not to make any changes to its games and will simply let them be removed by Apple. In a statement, the company does note that the original Gettysburg film from 1993 remains available from iTunes.

The backlash against the Confederate flag came after a racist shooting last week at a South Carolina church killed 9 people. The assailant, an avowed racist, had posted pictures of himself on Facebook holding the flag in various poses.

source: TouchArcade via AppleInsider



1. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Apple actually behaving like the sheep it breeds. Anyone that doesn't see this flag nonsense as a distraction to bigger issues needs help.

6. waddup121 unregistered

yay apple

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I agree, even though the love of that flag is clearly too much. They call it a rebel flag for a reason, because it symbolized the rebellion of the Civil War. I don't support removing it in this context at all.

2. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Game ON...

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Good for the devs. The world we live in, and its history isn't "politically correct", so stop trying to fudge it to make it so. I hate that, because you never get the full truth.

4. hotelman2

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

er idiot!

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Wow, such insight in a meaningful, thought provoking comment /s

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple, why? you cant erase history by removing games with the flag... specially war games - do you throw out games with nazi tanks and old soviet russian themes? No... that's history, if we dont learn from it - we're bound to repeat it... Can't support apple on this... I dont care for the flag, it doesnt represent anything im for/against... but how do you make a game that signifies war against/for confederate side? Are you also gonna block wiki-links to explain the confederate flag, or the history behind it?

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's been confirmed that Apple is working on reinstating some of these removed apps. Only the ones that are offensive, non-educational, and non-historical will continue to be absent. I think that's fair.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, now that makes more sense.... thanks for the update E.N.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So should they also remove the flag from things like encyclopedias and textbooks, or documentaries and movies? In a historical context there is no need for it's removal. But if the only reason it's being flown is to incite anger, then they need to take it down. Free speech is a right, but it isn't an unlimited right. Anytime something done under the guise of freedom of speech causes violence and/or death, it is no longer protected, like yelling fire in a crowded theater and leading to people getting trampled to death. Just doing this to appear to be on the side of right is empty and meaningless.

15. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

This... Why does nobody understand this? Same issue with the Moslim caricatures

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple is ignorant and idiotic beyond belief. What are they afraid of...that someone playing some stupid game on the side of the South will win (or lose) and go insane and use this as cause to shoot up a church, causing a lawsuit? History is history. It's in the past, yet should never be forgotten when looking to the future. There's not a country, race, religion, movement (political or social), revolution, revolt, coup, whatever, that isn't guilty of something they'd rather forget they did in the past. Ignore or forget it, and we're doomed to repeat it. That said, anybody who flies a Confederate flag is an ignorant f#%$. Yeah, I'll defend your right to fly it, but that doesn't defend you from making me think you're a racist, bigoted, backwater, probably inbred, pile of feces. In fact, I prefer you display it; just like Juggalos and anybody who wears a flat-brimmed baseball cap with the size sticker still on it. I appreciate you telling me without words that you're a blithering idiot who isn't worth me wasting my time on before I waste my time on you.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I like your post.. Planterz..

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I didnt wanna comment on this topic with what happened in South Carolina recently....but +1 to you Planterz. +1000 +100000000 Reading some of the comments from some folks in that area lately that have been interviewed.....all I will say is its sad. And frustrating. And infuriating.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31560; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn Planterz! You went hard yo!

20. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I agree with you until the baseball cap bit. You may not understand it but the sticker is to show the authenticity of the cap. It's basically me saying anyone that has a tattoo is a no life idiot who would never get a job => Prejudice bro

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Summed it up perfectly man.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Why? Because some stupid, mentally disabled psycho poses with a Confederate flag? That is one of the worst American actions I've ever seen.

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

History is history. Can't change it. Things are really getting ridiculous now. Dukes of Hazard a racist show. Uncle Bens rice too? . Wake up people.

23. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

DEAR APPLE - as a black person, I'd like to say that denying history does NOT help me in any way. Don't use our cause to make yourselves feel good. The games have a historical context and nobody has a problem with that. Stop trying to score cheap PR points with our legitimate and righteous struggle - we see through it!

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