Apple Thought This Game Was About Pedobear, Might Be 'A Recruiting Tool For Paedophiles'

Given the fact Apple is notoriously oblivious to so much other wrong-doing on its App Store, it's always amusing when the company stumbles upon something it actually thinks is important and needs fixing, only to quickly find it does not.

Case in point: iOS tower defence game Childhood's End, which despite Apple originally clearing for release, was later the subject of a review by the company when someone thought the game's name and use of teddy bear characters "might be a recruiting tool for paedophiles".

Seriously.

In order to get their game back on the App Store, developers Pixel Brain had to edit the appearance of the character to be less similar to the notorious internet mascot Pedobear. Even though the original design, as you can see above, looked nothing like Pedobear.

Cute iOS app Childhood's End back online after Pedobear mix-up [Eurogamer]


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    "Apple Thought This Was Game Was About Pedobear, Might Be ‘A Recruiting Tool For Paedophiles’.". Somebody forgot to proofread.

      And Luke is the contributing editor too... awkward.

        We should all just be happy he used more than 6 words in the article.

          Fuck, you're right, a whole three paragraphs.

    Apple's restrictions are why I hate apple. I have an iphone that Im using only cause I got for free. Wouldnt get an iphone again though.

    A recruiting tool?

    "Join Paedophiles Pty Ltd! Best dental care in the land! 17% superannuation contributions!"

      That's fantastic! Where do I sign up? :P

      I believe they go by NAMBLA. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Man/Boy_Love_Association)

    "Thought This Was Game Was About" ... can someone PLEASE start checking crap Luke tries to post? or maybe fire him and replace him with someone who knows how to use the English language properly?

    Crap? His posts are way more interesting and funnier than the rest.
    Less nerdy too. Thumbs up luke

      Less nerdy is always a good thing. You lot are just too much of nerds to get what Luke is about. God I'm good to you lot being here to grace you with my presence. Maybe you all can learn something from me.

      Frickin Nerds.

      Most of his posts have the sophistication of a finger painting. You look and go "aww, that's nice" but its hardly groundbreaking stuff.

    The title "Apple Thought This Was Game Was About Pedobear, Might Be ‘A Recruiting Tool For Paedophiles’" is hopefully just a bad "copy and paste" from US Kotaku

    Uh... Much as I hate to be the one defending Luke Plunkett, it's as valid as many newspaper headlines. They tend to drop words like "and". Consider:

    Apple thought this game was about Pedobear and might be 'a recruiting tool for paedophiles'.

    This is valid English. A little awkward, maybe, but perfectly valid. The "and" has been replaced with a comma for brevity. It's no different to "Man wins lottery, buys boat", or "Battleship enters beauty contest, wins second prize".

    Also: I can't imagine it's just a copy-paste from a US source - it's spelled "paedophiles", which is rather British. An Australia could be expected to go "paedo" or "pedo", but I can't recall the last time I saw an American pull out the ol' "ae". Maybe it's a copy-paste of a copy-paste?

    Apple think a lot of things. They think they invent stuff and go ahead to patent pre-existing ideas.

    Just as stupid as those who buy their products.

      Sometimes I agree with you Chazz, and even when I don't you're often reasonable. But calling everyone who buys Apple products "stupid" just because you've got a chip on your shoulder is really pretty dumb of you.

        For me it's that Apple products actually offer NOTHING over competing products yet are priced higher.

        People are free to do as they will but if a person does the monetary equivalent of running into a brick wall on purpose are you not going to question their intelligence?

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