In compliance with Apple’s seemingly random censorship, the Campaign Trail is finally ready for sale. After swapping out the original avatars that resemble somewhat like Obama, Mccain, Clinton, and Palin, the folks at Apple finally relented. Here are the altered and original game screenshots:
Basically, we changed out some hair and skin tones, hairstyle, accessories. But I am still floored by the fact that the application was rejected the first time around. Apple claims that I am ridiculing public figures. However, I can just as easily say that blond guy is Eminem. But Eminem is also a public figure… does it make it OK? If people can get offended by a cartoon that looks like Obama smiling, couldn’t there also be people offended by a grinning cartoon of Eminem?
The irony is that the figure in the screenshot is NOT Eminem. What I am trying to point out is that these avatars can really look like anyone you want them to. If we are not able to depiction of certain public figures in the game, then no game is safe from displaying anything that resembles human. Doesn’t it sound crazy to you? It does to me.