Apple in hot water over 'baby shaker' computer game.

  1. Baby Shaker features a crude drawing of a baby, and the object of the game is to stop the baby from crying by shaking the iPhone until red X's appear over the baby's eyes. The description of Baby Shaker read: "On a plane, on the bus, in a theater. Babies are everywhere you don't want them to be! They're always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about it."
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/16371...n_removed.html
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  3. by   FireStarterRN
    Hard to believe that they would spend all that time and money developing such an irresponsible product. What could they have possibly been thinking? Really, very hard to imagine what was going through their minds!
  4. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Absolutely disgusting...

    It's worth emphasizing, however, that Apple did not create this abhorrent program. Rather, it was created by some independent idiots and then slipped through the Apple approval process. One can only hope that it was simply rubber-stamped at Apple as one of a batch of programs and not actually reviewed by somebody and then approved.

    This application is irresponsibility at its absolute highest.

    Again, simply disgusting.
    Last edit by ♪♫ in my ♥ on Apr 24, '09
  5. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    OK, after my oatmeal I'm a little more rational.

    Perhaps we need to view this program as evidence that there's much more work to be done in educating people about shaken baby syndrome. Going through my maternal-child health rotations I have been struck by the total dearth of education about this topic at my clinical sites. It wasn't addressed at the well-child checks nor upon discharge from the postpartum unit.
  6. by   Purple_Scrubs
    I can just see the lawsuits now. Some moronic teenager is going to shake their kid to death then say they got the idea from the game. They will sue Apple and the maker of the game. Or, some teen babysitter will shake a kid to death, get put on trial for murder, and use the game as a defense.

    What were the people who make this game THINKING?
  7. by   Ruthiegal
    The application has been removed. Here is one story from geek.com...

    http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/b...tcry-20090423/
  8. by   libnat
    Is this really any worse than first person shooter games?
  9. by   FireStarterRN
    I agree, libnat. I think graphic violent video games desensitize youth and lead to violence. I'll bet they have something to do with the rise in these crazy school shootings.
  10. by   ChristineN
    My mom called me yesterday very upset after hearing about this "baby shaker" game on the news. It is definitely sending a mixed message to people. I can't even imagine what parent would buy this game for their child.
  11. by   Diahni
    Obviously, it was written by (sorry) a guy who never had a kid.
  12. by   lindarn
    Quote from ChristineN
    My mom called me yesterday very upset after hearing about this "baby shaker" game on the news. It is definitely sending a mixed message to people. I can't even imagine what parent would buy this game for their child.
    Stupid is as stupid does! JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  13. by   libnat
    Quote from FireStarterRN
    I agree, libnat. I think graphic violent video games desensitize youth and lead to violence. I'll bet they have something to do with the rise in these crazy school shootings.
    Maybe, my brother and I both play the latest and greatest shooters, grand theft autos, ect, never thought of actual doing those things in real life though. Video gaming is fantasy role playing to some, others just enjoy the challenge, I play/watch them like movies for the storyline.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from libnat
    Maybe, my brother and I both play the latest and greatest shooters, grand theft autos, ect, never thought of actual doing those things in real life though. Video gaming is fantasy role playing to some, others just enjoy the challenge, I play/watch them like movies for the storyline.
    Yeah, and my husband used to look at Playboy for the articles.

    (Sorry, that just reminded me of THAT old excuse).

    There is a lot of education where I live about Shaken Baby Syndrome. There were two cases about 15 years ago with the father watching the baby and shaking the baby to get the baby to stop crying. One baby died and one baby ended up with brain damage.

    steph

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