Eternal wet blanket Apple has removed the most popular free app in their App Store. Of course, that seems like a strange thing to do until you know what the concept of that app was, and remember exactly how Apple feels about adult content and basically anything fun.
The app was called Weed Firm, and it let players–well–run their own weed firm.
From the app's description:
Follow the story of an expelled botany sophomore Ted Growing as he inherits a growing operation and expands it. Learn to grow weed, plant new varieties to increase your yields, expand your customer base and interact with the characters to become the biggest weed dealer in town. Complete tasks to open new shelves in the store and become a more efficient and prosperous weed grower and seller. Watch out for the thugs and cops.
I mean, it's more of a business app than anything, right?
Maybe, but it's still too risqué for Apple's sensitivities. As of today, the app is gone.
"As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours. We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called 'illegal activities' such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings," says the game's developers, Manitoba Games.
Manitoba promises fans of the game that it will return to the App Store–albeit a censored version that fits with Apple's principles of refusing to let people make up their own minds. The app is currently out of the Google Play Store, but that's due to a problem with the publisher. Manitoba says they never had any issues with Google during the application process.
The list of times when Apple acted like a total fuddy duddy is endless, but just a handful of examples include the time they banned the casual hookup app Bang with Friends because people aren't adults who can make their own decisions or anything; the time they banned a controversial app that dealt with the dark side of smartphone production because, well, obviously; the time they may or may not have reduced Twitter's Vine app's visibility in the App Store because there were too many videos with boobies, because the children, remember; the time they banned beautiful photo-sharing app 500px because porn; and finally, the time they held up approval of Imgur's official app because someone could find nakie pictures if they were looking for them.
Apple, meanwhile, may just make Dr. Dre an executive. You know, Dr Dre. of The Chronic fame.
Anyway, back to Weed Firm:
"If we let hypocrites determine what content is suitable for us we will soon all be watching Teletubbies instead of Breaking Bad and playing... oh I don't know… nothing good comes to mind, without some form of 'illegal activity' or other really," says Manitoba.
True, but don't act like it's not fun to get blazed and watch Teletubbies.
Image via Manitoba Games