Apple rejected one of the best games of the year over pixelated nudity

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Mike Wehner
December 11th, 2014
In this article: apps, games, gaming
Apple rejected one of the best games of the year over pixelated nudity
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If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks you with screening immigrants at the border of a war-torn country. Its debut on iOS is nearly upon us, but the game's developer, Lucas Pope, revealed today that it was initially rejected by Apple due to "pornographic content." Yikes.

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In the game, it's up to you to check identifications, verify permits, and in some cases put suspicious individuals through an x-ray scanning device. The resulting images often reveal bombs, weapons, or other prohibited items, but they also show a good bit of nudity. This might already seem like a bit of a sketchy reason to reject an iOS game -- there's really nothing explicit or suggestive about the images -- but it's even more questionable once you actually see the game's super low-res, pixelated graphical style.

A bare breast is essentially a semicircle with a dot on it, and good luck identifying anything in the mess of pixels that resides down below. To call such a thing "pornographic" is a massive stretch, but rather than fight the decision (which you can't really do anyway), Pope decided to remove the nudity from the game entirely.
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