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Posts Tagged ‘Google Play’

Google Removes ‘Bomb Gaza’ Game from App Store After Backlash

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What could possibly be offensive about a mobile game that makes light of the bloody and ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict by encouraging bored Android and tablet users to drop animated explosives on Gaza, where over 1,800 real, human Palestinians have been killed since the start of the fighting? Oh, that’s right — everything.

To make matters worse, the game, titled “Bomb Gaza,” released by developer PLAYFTW, had a “low” maturity rating, meaning children were given the green light to play it. Excellent.

Angry and disgusted complaints flooded the game’s (now-deleted) comments section, and while some comments were political and defended one side of the conflict or the other, the overwhelming sentiment of the outraged objections can be pretty-well summed up by this simple, straight-forward one (heads-up for some swearing):

“WTF There is ongoing conflict in which people are dying and you seem to find it acceptable to make a game of it. That’s fucked up.”

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Two Thumbs Up? The Movies are the Latest Victim of the Internet (STUDY)

thumbsupshirtBeen to the movies lately? The nice seats, the big screen, the sweet sound system — it’s all part of the experience.

You know what else is part of said “experience”? The $12 ticket, $8 coke (with no refills, thank you very much), $5 (half-full) box of Starburst…sounds about right.

That’s not the worst part, though:

You find that one seat for yourself and your crew  nestled in the upper left part of the theater. As you prop your feet up and wait for the festivities to begin, a family of eight decides that is where they want to sit too.

Soon, all of these first world problems will be things of the past because Internet.

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Cookie Monster Tries to Stick to Resolutions in New Google Ad

It’s that time of year again — the time when TV, print, radio, and online ads remind us at every turn that we resolved to lose weight, get healthier or otherwise improve ourselves in the new year.

While we, like you, are already sick of hearing about discounted gym memberships and the countless ways we could “jump-start” our diets, this resolution-related ad made us smile; not only is it honest about the way resolution-makers tend to behave (off the wagon before ever really getting on it), but it playfully makes us feel we’re in good, joyful company, rather than feeding the inevitable guilt spiral resulting from resolution failure. Also, it features Cookie Monster.

The ad for Google Play, which allows users to browse and download everything from movies to music to cookbooks to smartphone apps, acts as a minute-long tutorial on how to use the service. Viewers watch as a certain blue cookie fanatic hunts down everything he might need to inspire and support his presumed resolution of a cookie-free new year. But, as so often happens to even the best of us, Cookie Monster runs into some temptation trouble while browsing cookbooks–and wonders if perhaps he can put off the diet (just ’til tomorrow).