Apple to remove games with Confederate flag from App Store

Apple joins the bandwagon of merchants that have pulled merchandise bearing the Confederate flag today as it pulls several apps from the iTunes store.

The public outrage about the symbol of slavery and repression began kicked up late last week after the June 17th massacre of nine people by a racist thug at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

According to multiple reports, developers are receiving notices explaining that their app has been removed

“because it includes images of the confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

Mulholland and any game developer that had their game removed would be required to remove the confederate flag and replace it with another image before the game would be reinstated to the app store; effectively ruining any historical value or context the games attempted to draw from.

Among the games that were pulled are “Civil War: 1862”, “Civil War: 1863,” “Civil War: 1864” and “Civil War: Gettysburg“.

We have reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story with more information if they respond.

Do you support Apple’s removal of Civil War games? Andrew Mulholland, who directed the Civil War games, told Kotaku that his apps weren’t using the flag in an offensive way.

Those who claimed the flag represents southern heritage and history seem outnumbered. Also vanishing is The Guns of Gettysburg, a more detailed strategy game focused on the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. For instance, Ultimate General: Gettysburg, one banned title, uses the flag in its historical context. A lot of companies are crying outrage since some of the games that were removed are actually references to the flag as part of history, particularly the civil war.

“We believe that all historical art forms: books, movies, or games such as ours, help to learn and understand history, depicting events as they were…” Therefore by eliminating apps such as these, the app store is attempting to scrub away games that would be important educational tools for teaching kids and teens about America’s past regarding racism and the confederacy. All historical commanders, unit composition and weaponry, key geographical locations to the smallest streams or farms are recreated in our game’s battlefield. The developer of this game designed it to use interactivity to encourage women to become more comfortable with the idea of masturbation.


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