Nov 29 2012, 1:00am CST | by Mark Raby
After its explicit sexual references became media fodder, the iOS app Boyfriend Maker has been yanked from the App Store. This comes as no surprise and really just answered the question of when, not if.
The app is obviously targeted at teenage girls, and it seems harmless enough at first glance. However, the website Pocket Gamer received an email from a concerned user about the level of detail that players can go to when the topic of conversation becomes sex.
In one screenshot, the user is depicted asking "when did you last have sex?" The game's reply is, "last night there where 5 but only one was conciouse. they where kids and i didnt want to here them scream" (sic).
The topic of sex also appears to be brought up even if the user never mentions it. The developer, 36you, has so far not responded to requests for comment. It is a Japanese company, so perhaps there was either a translation issue, or these issues just aren't as taboo over there. As for how it passed the App Store, no doubt this explicit content was not revealed to Apple during the review process.
In the course of Apple's greater-than-average censorship practices, the company has managed to brand everything from pictures of women in bathing suits to Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons as offensive and unacceptable for the App Store.
So it seems like the only reason this one was approved is because the explicit content was hidden deep enough to be missed during the review process. 36You, the developer of the app, said that the automated conversation prompts came from a third-party source, as though that alleviates it from any responsibility for the content.
The app is no longer available for download.
Via Insider Social Games
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