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  • Crackdown on Devs Who Speak Ill of Apple?



    Developer Tommy Refenes has attracted the attention of a substantial number of his developer peers this weekend. Refenes' game "Zits & Giggles" was yanked from the App Store a few days ago without the developer receiving any word from Apple as to why the pimple-popping game for the iPhone and iPod Touch was dumped.

    One possible explanation? Last week Refenes verbally shredded Apple during the "Indie Gamemakers Rant" at The Game Developers Conference. Calling the App Store "awful" and "horrible," Refenes lambasted Apple on multiple fronts, even referring to the iPhone's gaming platform as being comparable to the cheesy Tiger Electronics LCD games that first rose to popularity almost two decades ago.

    As a result of the app getting yanked on the heels of Refenes' controversial and derogatory comments, some are wondering if Apple is cracking down on devs who speak negatively of the App Store. Sound far fetched? Indeed, it does, especially when another component of this story is exposed. Refenes has consistently and incongruously elevated the price of his game in the App Store. And we're not talking about modest increases. According to PC World, which also covered this situation and the "other side" of the story, Refenes has hiked the price of his app to unreasonably high levels that could have naturally provoked some concern from Apple. As the app's price jumped from $15 all the way to $400, it's quite reasonable that Apple pulled Zits & Giggles over pricing issues, not the developer's disparaging remarks.

    Although Apple has certainly thrown its weight around in many aspects of business and applications development in the past, it's monumentally difficult to accept the idea that Refenes got the boot due to his less-than-friendly words alone. If not for the dramatic and outrageous price increases of what amounts to a fairly silly app, it's highly probable that the game would still be for sale in the "awful" and "horrible" App Store.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Crackdown on Devs Who Speak Ill of Apple? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      The guy seems like a douche.
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      Because he had the balls to speak out publicly about apple in a negative way?
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      What left to respect, Appl£ have gone against everything they said they stood for, though I do have to agree with
      TheDirtyDiddler
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      interesting... I need to poo...
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Steve Jobs = 3rd World Dictator.
    1. kingbijan's Avatar
      kingbijan -
      no obviously not because he talked **** about steve jobs but because he was charging a ridiculous amount of money for a useless app......make sense??
    1. jedinight's Avatar
      jedinight -
      400$?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      pimp slapped lol
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      The dev probably wanted the status of "runner up" for expensive and useless apps, next to "I am Rich."
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      A good reason to pull that app from the App Store. Useless and expensive.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      dont bite the hand that feeds you
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Apple's douchebag ways are known, however that app and that dev got what they deserved.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Developer: Fail
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      anyone here know if he ever sold that 400$ to anyone? lol.
    1. dm2017's Avatar
      dm2017 -
      As much respect as I am quickly losing towards apple, I have to admit it seems more reasonable that it was pulled for the price of the app. The only bigger douchebag would be somebody who actuallynpays 400$ for it. That's besides the point the most people avoid as many pimples as they can throughout their teenage life. Why would anybody pay anything to do exactly what they got to so for years for free.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      What ever happened to Apple being against authoritarian-like polices as shown in their ad back in 80s? So much for actually keeping true to their values instead of just giving it up at the drop of a hat when money's involved.

      And who is Apple to say that an app is or isn't worth the price that it's being sold for? Macs are overpriced when compared to the price of the exact same hardware running another OS, but you don't see them being banned from being sold in stores.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      What ever happened to Apple being against authoritarian-like polices as shown in their ad back in 80s? So much for actually keeping true to their values instead of just giving it up at the drop of a hat when money's involved.

      And who is Apple to say that an app is or isn't worth the price that it's being sold for? Macs are overpriced when compared to the price of the exact same hardware running another OS, but you don't see them being banned from being sold in stores.
      You bought the app for $400, didn't you?
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      i wonder if he thought that would get him somewhere with a $400 app thats useless so i hear i would have not said anything dont he know STEVE is a mean man LMAO
    1. ncnyxx13's Avatar
      ncnyxx13 -
      they should have pulled the app when it was at $15 that is a completely useless app that some person with some pictures and 4 lines of code prolly made.... then again one US dollar is worth like 200 in china
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      The guy sounds like a cocky bast! $400 for a stupid app like that, probably thought he was doing so well that he could charge whatever and talk trash against Apple and get away with it. He got what he deserved.