Apple Inc. has always been against games, and it continues to show its contempt for them. The firm has rejected ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ from the App Store informed developer Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of studio Nicalis. EuroGamer was the first to report this.
Apple’s double standard
The game is about a boy named Isaac, whose mother has trapped him in the basement, and the players take on the role of that boy. The players are faced with monsters and other dangers of the dungeon that they need to traverse in order to escape. The game is a satire of the Biblical ‘Binding of Isaac’ story, where Abraham receives commands from God to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Apple Inc. said this game portrays violence against children, and therefore, it has rejected the game version of this story. This serves as another example of the company’s double standard as far as video games are concerned as iTunes has plenty of depictions of violence against children. Apple even allows convicted abusers to sell products on the iTunes, says VentureBeat.
Apple has enormous market under its control, and for this reason the company’s treatment of games is a problem. The mobile gaming business is worth $30 billion, and the App Store makes up for at least half of it. Also, it is not possible for consumers to bypass the App Store for downloading banned titles.
This means that when players and consumers in the iOS ecosystem wish to make a choice in terms of software they can load on their devices, they are at the whim of Apple. This is typical for Apple, a company that gives mush less importance to games in comparison with films, books and music. The iPhone firm has repeatedly censored other games for their content.
Apple TV’s CBS Sport app creating issues
In separate news, Apple Inc. TV’s CBS Sport app is facing streaming issues because of which the fans are not able to see the game online. CBS took to Twitter, where it confirmed the issue, and said it is working on fixing it ASAP.
The outage left many fans disappointed. One of the users tweeted, “Your app just gives me a black screen! I’m on a 3rd gen Apple TV. Make an app that works or don’t make one at all.’ To this CBS replied, “We are aware of stream issues for 3rd Gen Apple TV. Our team is diligently working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.”
It seems as if users on Xbox, Android and those watching the game in-browser are also affected with the issue.