Apps getting rejected by Apple if their screenshots show violence or a weapon

Apps getting rejected by Apple if their screenshots show violence or a weapon
If you want Apple to approve your game for the App Store, you can improve your chances by leaving out violent screenshots with your submission. According to those in the know, Apple does not want to see violent screenshots containing weapons, like a gun. The gun doesn't even have to be a real one to incur the wrath of Apple. For example, Team Chaos had to change the original icon for Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens because the image showed someone holding an NES zapper gun.

One developer says that even with apps approved for those 12 and over, Apple wants screenshots approved for ages 4 and above which is difficult for your average action game. Some are complaining that Apple is not enforcing its rules evenly. The screenshots for the game GangNations show cartoon gang members firing revolvers at each other.

In addition, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple said that he was told by Apple that it is being more liberal in terms of the images and screenshots in the App Store. Despite this, if we were trying to get an app listed at this moment, we would take the conservative stance.

source: AppleInsider



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

So apps/games get reject for violence/weapons or sex But movies and books with violence/weapons and sex are fine Double standards much?

3. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

I mean, to be fair generally a younger audience has more access to apps than to novels; Apple probably wants to appease parents who give their children iPads as entertainment devices. Not that it holds any ground to say that having violent icons is going to make kids violent, but that's probably where they're coming from.

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

or more like pleasing liberals and anti gun politicians

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Double standards is like the whole point if you ask me. Brutal bloody and violent games that look very close to realistic, or lotsa gore and what not. "Hey, that's cool" A female nipple even in a non sexual situation, "arrrggghhhh censor censor censor censor, think of the children!" Makes my head hurt, I mean most of us feed from nipple's when we are young and suddenly they become taboo? no wonder people get confused.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's getting even worse, a Montana lawmaker wants to put a ban on yoga pants for being to nudy lol

18. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Hard to believe a man would want yoga pants banned. I consider them one of the greatest inventions ever lol.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Depends... don't know the women in Montana, there are valid reasons to ban those:

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

....I have absolutely no idea what to say, I cannot wrap my head around people that behave like that, simply cannot understand what leads them to such conclusions.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Their own App Store should get rejected by themselves too, why? Look at the logo...Yeah, it shows an 'A' in the blue circle. But look closely, there is a weapon and violence in there. Look at the 'A', the '/' shows a pencil right? Yup, no weapon or violence there. But look at the '\', it looks like a knife. Uh oh, weapon and violence alert. So Apple, I think your App Store should also be rejected because of the logo showing a weapon and violence. Thank me later, Apple. Peace!

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's actually a paint brush. A scale, a pencil and a brush.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Always thought it was a ruler.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, I mean the same thing. :)

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A knife? Please go see a doctor because that's a paintbrush. Fine example of you demonstrating the typical behavior of an Android troll.

13. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

y u mad bro?

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

lolwhut? Are they going to censor bird-on-pig violence too? Some mother must have complained. Probably a gluten-free, Obama voting, anti-vaxxer from California.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Planterz.. i'm right there with you... we as humans will not every be able to shield our kids from violence... you can hide all the media tabloids you want - but on the street when they see it - I rather have my kids know what danger is and what to do in that situation than be shocked and dumbstruck by the sight of it...

28. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

actually the anti-vaxxers are more likely to be conservatives than liberals. Most of them use religious exclusions and follow looneys like Sarah Palin.

29. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Not in California. Most of them are the rich liberal elite. Or the super poor.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Pretty funny though how they replaced the "gun" with a buttplug.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or you know - a bat. Give up on being a comedian. It isn't working.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I think considering the movies he downloads in those late night hours, he actually thinks it's a buttplug ;) Also buttplugs in his eyes: soda cans, bottles and baseballs

7. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Oh, so I take it those GTA games are real appropriate.. facepalm

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Pretty stupid. How else are they supposed to promote their FPS games?

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Weird that games like Call of Duty Strike team, Battlefield 4 Commander, etc still have guns in their icons/screenshots.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So don't use a gun to shoot something, instead beat something to death with a blunt object. Much less violent.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

For an Apple fan - this is stupid... (no better world for that)

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I wonder if restrictions like this help explain the misleading pictures in games. If a game has misleading pictures and doesn't feature at least one actual in-game screenshot, I won't download it, even if it's free. Rather not waste my time, if they are that ashamed of their graphics and game that they can't show actual gameplay, then Im not confident enough to waste my time downloading it.

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