Apple Rejects HappyPlayTime Sex-Ed Game

Apple Rejects HappyPlayTime Sex-Ed Game

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Apple says HappyPlayTime, a non-pornographic game designed to "eliminate the stigma around female masturbation," is too racy for the App Store.

The title doesn't really give it away, but HappyPlayTime is a game about "making female masturbation friendly." It's not pornographic, though, but educational, and stars a smiling, interactive vulva named Happy.

"Sexuality is one of the most basic instincts of human beings. Being comfortable with your own sexual pleasure is a prerequisite to both being able to healthily accept pleasure from others, and pleasing others," the HappyPlayTime website explains. "Unfortunately for many women, there has been a cultural stigma that blocks access to self-stimulation. HappyPlayTime is here to eliminate this barrier as much as possible. By talking openly and lightheartedly about female masturbation, we are taking the first step to becoming truly sexually liberated."

It's an admirable goal, but apparently not one that Apple feels comfortable supporting. Despite the complete absence of graphic content in the HappyPlayTime app, it rejected both the initial App Store submission and an appeal filed last week by creator Tina Gong, saying it violated two restrictions: One against "excessively objectionable or crude content," and one forbidding "pornographic material."

"While we understand your intentions behind the app, we find that the app concept is not appropriate for the store at this time," Apple wrote in its rejection letter. "We also found that your app currently includes erotic and mature themes that are not appropriate for the App Store. We encourage you to review your app content and evaluate whether you can modify the content to bring it into compliance with the Guidelines."

The HappyPlayTime site says the game will be "recoded" but Gong told GamesIndustry that she doesn't intend to change it. "I have a feeling that if I changed the way this game was designed, taking out the central core of it being an app where you can literally play with the character, invest emotionally in her well-being, it would get through. They mentioned that the 'concept' was objectionable. My feeling is that they don't mean female masturbation, but just this gaming aspect," she said.

"My guess is that Apple might have understood the purpose of it being educational, and that it was built with a mission, but wants to force me to strip out all the things that make this game what it is," she added. "And I can't accept that."

Gong said she's trying to make direct contact with the App Store decision-makers in order to plead her case, and while the touch-screen design means that a PC release isn't likely, she also holds out hope for an Android release.

Sources: HappyPlayTime, GamesIndustry International

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The Apple Store: where having a game that has some sort of message is bad, but having a million and one clone games is good.

Eh. Whatever I may think of the app (think its kinda dumb but I know its not aimed at me so whatever). Any shot I can take at calling Apples Appstore curation stupid, I'll take.

"a smiling, interactive vulva named Happy."

... what ?

OK, no, I'd love to see this... app go live really. Educational purpose, see ?

But... what ?

""My guess is that Apple might have understood the purpose of it being educational, and that it was built with a mission, but wants to force me to strip out all the things that make this game what it is," she added. "And I can't accept that.""

Really? You couldn't think of any other way to teach girls about female masturbation than to literally have them play with a bouncing, smiling, digital personification of their own genitals?

I get it, sex ed isn't always up to the task of letting young people feel comfortable with their sexuality, but I don't think I'd feel any more comfortable about letting a game like this teach kids than just telling them myself.

That cartoon mascot is creeping me out because it looks like a person with a gaping stomach wound. Like those one enemies from Binding of Issac.

I'm saying this not in a perverted sense but in general:

Finding out this thing exists has made my day.

I will take the time to remind everyone that Apple is a company that bans any sexually explicit material from apps in their app store, presumably because they think kids will have access to it, but they have absolutely no qualms allowing thousands of real money gambling and betting apps on their store... which can be accessed by the same kids.

I guess their priorities are warped when the kids in question have a chance of mistakenly giving Apple some dosh.

At least Google sticks to their guns, if you are going to ban one thing on the basis of restricted age groups then ban them all - Though I have a sneaking suspicion that Google would allow this app no problem, as it doesn't break their guidelines and google don't usually make up new ones just to restrict an app.

Eric the Orange:
That cartoon mascot is creeping me out because it looks like a person with a gaping stomach wound. Like those one enemies from Binding of Issac.

That was actually one of the first things I noticed too, even with the knowledge of what it was supposed to be.

Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

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This does not bode well for my first game development project for the iOS: Fappy Bird

Muppets explain the male sex drive in a way involving furious interaction with the device and LOTS AND LOTS OF PIPES

Andy Chalk:
Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

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What the actual redstars. Why does this exist. Why do people PAY for this sort of content.

Additionally I would say that from what I remember from Sex Ed (in Oregon, mind though it's been like over five or so years since I had this class), they were actually trying to STIFLE any sexuality our 15-16 year old selves might have had by spending about a day going over how to have safe sex, then two months going over STDs, STIs and unplanned pregnancy complete with basically "IF YOU HAVE SEX WITHOUT A CONDOM YOU WILL GET AIDS HERPES HIV AND THEN DIE (Addendum for girls: AFTER YOU GIVE BIRTH TO AN AIDS-RIDDEN BABY)".

So power to the people who made this, I hope that they can find somewhere it can be put out because in the 21st century you have to come to terms with the fact that women need to tend to themselves to.

If it had manipulative microtransactions that Apple were getting a cut of then it'd probably be accepted in a heartbeat. Maybe she could change it to a match-3 game called Clit Crush Saga?

Andy Chalk:
Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

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Apple's never been consistent in how they do things, though. For example Lulu (an app for rating men without them being able to know what you said about them or even that they've been rated -- essentially an app for women to say nasty things about their ex's) hung around for a long time, while s similar app but with the genders flipped didn't make it a week before Apple killed it.

This is the weirdest idea for a game ive ever seen. What if a kid saw this?

CriticalMiss:
If it had manipulative microtransactions that Apple were getting a cut of then it'd probably be accepted in a heartbeat. Maybe she could change it to a match-3 game called Clit Crush Saga?

How about "African Tribal Coming of Age Simulator"? That has pretty much the same meaning.

It kinda looks like it's meant to appeal to 8 year olds. Not good.

CriticalMiss:
Clit Crush Saga

That sounds painful. o_0

I would have been somewhat disappointed and annoyed if this wasn't Apple.

But it is Apple and I've long since learned that Apple doesn't give a shit about anyone but Apple.

I can only say that there's a slight lingering sadness that I rate what was, perhaps, once a passionate company below the likes of Microsoft and, hell, even EA now.

Samsont:

CriticalMiss:
If it had manipulative microtransactions that Apple were getting a cut of then it'd probably be accepted in a heartbeat. Maybe she could change it to a match-3 game called Clit Crush Saga?

How about "African Tribal Coming of Age Simulator"? That has pretty much the same meaning.

Hmm, good point. How about Vulva Victory Odyssey?

Andy Chalk:
Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

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Okay. You got me. I didn't think i could be insulted by the content of the app store any more after "Happy Poo Flap" but you did it, you actually made my disgust with mobile game stores that much deeper. The idea that Apple bans all sexual content is bogus, if you spout that you need to look at the app store again. They remove things they consider EXPLICIT. As uncomfortable as a cartoon vulva makes us, the only thing is does wrong is.... make us uncomfortable.

I think sexual education apps should be behind certain projections for squeamish parents but if "Rack Stare" can exist, so can an app promoting a healthy relationship between women and their lady bits. I speak as an objective vagina fan of course.

Next time on app-store refusal; FGM simulator: "Allah hates your clitoris" Edition

Apple, you disappoint me, but I've gotten used to it, and we're going to proceed as always: With me ignoring you in favor of anything else that does the exact same thing for less money. At least the Apple App Store isn't the end of the line. I wish the creator much success with an Android release, or whatever other platform they so choose.

One last question: Is there actually a stigma attached to female masturbation? I'm genuinely not aware of one, but I usually don't ask and kind of eschew gender and sexuality in general.

seris:
This is the weirdest idea for a game ive ever seen. What if a kid saw this?

Harping on 'What about the children?' is just another step to fascism and a threat to personal freedom.

Captcha: ad for Sarasota County. Um be smart ad company, I live in coastal Florida. Why would I go to Sarasota for beaches when Sanibel is 20 minutes away?

On the one hand, Apple has a pissweak attitude to classification in the App Store.

On the other, using cartoon mascots to teach sex ed usually ends up being either creepy or condescending.

shirkbot:
One last question: Is there actually a stigma attached to female masturbation? I'm genuinely not aware of one, but I usually don't ask and kind of eschew gender and sexuality in general.

Yeah, same here, I had no idea this was a thing. Don't doubt it at all, just never heard of it. Can anyone shed some light?

Kinitawowi received a warning for this post.

Oh, fine.

"The subject matter and content of this topic are beyond my ability to comprehend. My reaction is thus one of sheer disbelief and bewilderment."

Happy, mods?

(No, seriously, what the hell is this? Who thought they could put up a talking vulva next to a sign that says "Love Your Vagina" and thought that it would be immediately acceptable? Just... what?!)

Not news. Apple does not accept anything that does not fit their bland hipster stnadard coting bullshit reasons. it happens all the time.

UberPubert:
I get it, sex ed isn't always up to the task of letting young people feel comfortable with their sexuality, but I don't think I'd feel any more comfortable about letting a game like this teach kids than just telling them myself.

by the time your kids get interested in games like this you should have already told them already.

seris:
This is the weirdest idea for a game ive ever seen. What if a kid saw this?

thats the idea - kids are supposed to see this.

Samsont:

CriticalMiss:
If it had manipulative microtransactions that Apple were getting a cut of then it'd probably be accepted in a heartbeat. Maybe she could change it to a match-3 game called Clit Crush Saga?

How about "African Tribal Coming of Age Simulator"? That has pretty much the same meaning.

That's in such poor taste.

I love it.

OP: Good, kids have it too easy anyways. I had to discover masterbation via word of mouth from my cousin and sleeping in a dorm room with three other boys at age 11. Had to do it damn careful too, but now I can fap it anywhere quite as a cockroach.

Anyways, would this actually help anyone? I get the feeling that playing this would feel patronizing at best and downright creepy at worst.

MisterM2402:

shirkbot:
One last question: Is there actually a stigma attached to female masturbation? I'm genuinely not aware of one, but I usually don't ask and kind of eschew gender and sexuality in general.

Yeah, same here, I had no idea this was a thing. Don't doubt it at all, just never heard of it. Can anyone shed some light?

I think its an imagined stigma. Sure it's not actually a topic that's often out in public debate- but It's not as if people talk about Male Masturbation more than Female Masturbation... And unlike actual sex, the chance of someone getting an STD or becoming Pregnant from the lack of education on the matter is quite low, making the importance of school-ed on the matter a bit less important.. Besides, usually I reckon kids have an easy enough time figuring out the know-hows on their own and that's fine.

Only exception I could see is the religious zealots going about in the Middleeast/United States or what have you try to guilt-trip their kids into feeling like Hitler for touching their genitals, but I doubt those are going to let their kids get their hands on this game in the first place so it can't be marketed towards them either. Really I'm just a bit confused as to whom the game is meant for.

Doesn't mean I'm against it appearing in the app-store, there are much worse things with far less reasons to be there.

seris:
This is the weirdest idea for a game ive ever seen. What if a kid saw this?

OMG! They might get a healthy education! WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!

OT: Apple gonna Apple, I suppose. We all know how mind-numbingly dumb they can be when it comes to their marketplace. All I can say to Ms. Gong is convert it to Android and see what Google say.

Andy Chalk:
Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

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Wuh... why the hell does this exist?

Andy Chalk:
Just a brief reminder that Rack Stare, the "adults only!" game about leering at hot, luscious tits without getting caught by the life support systems they're attached to, remains available for purchase in the App Store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rack-stare/id385786751?mt=8

image

Apparently, it's not "pornographic" if it only has "strong sexual innuendo" overtones instead of "openly non-pornographic" undertones... *shrugs*

OT: Huh... Even as a dude, that game sounds like it could have been really fun to play... and, on top of being educational too?

Apple, what do you have against learning games for [growing] adults, huh?

I'm kinda on Apple's side here, if not by much. With the cartoony lady bits, it (at a brief glance) appears to be more geared towards children, and a game/app about masturbating really shouldn't be aimed at kids. Teenagers, maybe, but the game/app in question is still a bit of a touchy subject.

While the creator's intent is to be educational, it's still kinda pornographic. And Apple does have a right to deny such things approval from their app store.

But, I do stand behind Miss Gong in creating such a thing to better educate women about masturbation, as I'm sure that many women (such as myself) were led to believe that the only sexual pleasure to be had is the penis entering the vagina kind, and nothing else. (if that sentence was too graphic, please tell me and I'll fix it)

And let's face it, Sex Ed is terrible and awkward. Having an educational app would do a lot of good, and not only that, it'd probably be better for squeamish people to go to the app than to search the internet.

soren7550:
I'm kinda on Apple's side here, if not by much. With the cartoony lady bits, it (at a brief glance) appears to be more geared towards children, and a game/app about masturbating really shouldn't be aimed at kids. Teenagers, maybe, but the game/app in question is still a bit of a touchy subject.

I, uh disagree. No really, the sooner we get over this entire "You'll understand when you're older" shtick, the better. Kids are way smarter than we give them credit for, seriously. And one mistake we're making especially often is thinking that just because we tell them "Not til you're older", they're just going to go "Oh, okay, I'll just forget it for half a decade".

What they're going to do is what's pretentiously called "explore sexuality". When I was younger we simply called it "fooling around". It's fun, it's exciting, and it doesn't have to be made up as if it's some kind of a profound learning experience. Now all that's left to do is tell 'em how to go about it in a responsible way.

And let's face it, Sex Ed is terrible and awkward.

No it isn't. Hell, I've had "the talk" with my parents when I was like, eight. It was all very technical, none of that "birds and bees" nonsense. Then we had sex-ed a few years later in school and I was baffled as to how pretty much only me in the entire class seemed to know anything about it.

It's only terrible and awkward if you're terribly awkward at explaining it.

Now, as for Apple...

Andy Chalk:
-snip-

Wait, what? Ooooookay. Well, I rest my case...

Vegosiux:

soren7550:
I'm kinda on Apple's side here, if not by much. With the cartoony lady bits, it (at a brief glance) appears to be more geared towards children, and a game/app about masturbating really shouldn't be aimed at kids. Teenagers, maybe, but the game/app in question is still a bit of a touchy subject.

I, uh disagree. No really, the sooner we get over this entire "You'll understand when you're older" shtick, the better. Kids are way smarter than we give them credit for, seriously. And one mistake we're making especially often is thinking that just because we tell them "Not til you're older", they're just going to go "Oh, okay, I'll just forget it for half a decade".

What they're going to do is what's pretentiously called "explore sexuality". When I was younger we simply called it "fooling around". It's fun, it's exciting, and it doesn't have to be made up as if it's some kind of a profound learning experience. Now all that's left to do is tell 'em how to go about it in a responsible way.

And let's face it, Sex Ed is terrible and awkward.

No it isn't. Hell, I've had "the talk" with my parents when I was like, eight. It was all very technical, none of that "birds and bees" nonsense. Then we had sex-ed a few years later in school and I was baffled as to how pretty much only me in the entire class seemed to know anything about it.

It's only terrible and awkward if you're terribly awkward at explaining it.

Now, as for Apple...

Andy Chalk:
-snip-

Wait, what? Ooooookay. Well, I rest my case...

While that may be true, a lot of people have problems with little kids being even aware of sex. I'm kinda on both sides of that. Yes, it'd be good if people were well educated while young so that it's second nature when they're older, but then again, a five year old should be far more concerned about Pokemon than proper masturbation and safe sex.
And there's the whole possible shitstorm of parents losing their shits over an app trying to peddle sex to little kids (even if it isn't).

And while the idea behind Sex Ed is all well and fine, the practice isn't as much. The one year I had the class, the teacher wasn't really qualified to teach it, and she more often than not showed movies that barely, if at all related to the subject. (we were once made to watch a movie about Wal*Mart) And from what I've heard/been led to believe, my situation is hardly unique.
Add to the fact that there are government funded abstinence only Sex Ed classes, and there's probably a lot of parents that just don't tell their kids anything because they're delusional enough to believe that if they don't mention it ever, then their kid will never do anything.

 

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