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Apple Pulls Weed Selling Game 'Weed Firm' from App Store

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Apple has pulled the number one game "Weed Firm" from the app store.

Manitoba Games's game "Weed Firm," which is centered on the player growing and selling weed to earn fast cash, quickly rose to the top of Apple's free game charts within a few days. Apple pulled the plug on the game almost just as quickly. Weed Firm disappeared from the app store yesterday.

Considering the game's subject matter, it's not really a surprise why Apple's taken the game down. Apple's pulled games for less. Last year, for instance, Apple pulled down the game Sweatshop HD, which was meant to raise awareness about sweatshop labor.

TechCrunch has pointed out the fact that Apple has pulled Weed Firm, but has allowed many marijuana-related apps to remain in the app store. It seems like Weed Firm's popularity may have been its downfall, as most of the other apps have remained under the radar, and therefore safe from app store rejection.

Manitoba Games speculates the same. "As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours. We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called 'illegal activities' such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings," states the developer's website.

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    Zeroplanetz , May 21, 2014 8:47 PM
    I really dislike apple. Just saying.
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    bigpinkdragon286 , May 22, 2014 3:31 AM
    Apple isn't considered an open platform, and this isn't new behavior. Developers who choose to spend their resources on projects for closed platforms have little recourse if what they develop is rejected. If you want open distribution, target an open platform.
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    Zeroplanetz , May 21, 2014 8:47 PM
    I really dislike apple. Just saying.
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    Amdlova , May 21, 2014 10:25 PM
    there no point about weed "god" make the weed for us smoke. everyone hastaman vibration!
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    voltagetoe , May 21, 2014 10:49 PM
    Stupid move. It was the number 1 due democracy...
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    Christopher1 , May 22, 2014 12:05 AM
    I would be thinking of suing Apple if they did this to my game. Hello, it is a farking GAME, that means it does NOT have to be politically correct and it does NOT have to kowtow to 'da law' on this subject.
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    icemunk , May 22, 2014 3:05 AM
    Apple is like an authoritarian state
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    bigpinkdragon286 , May 22, 2014 3:31 AM
    Apple isn't considered an open platform, and this isn't new behavior. Developers who choose to spend their resources on projects for closed platforms have little recourse if what they develop is rejected. If you want open distribution, target an open platform.
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    acadia11 , May 22, 2014 4:41 AM
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    I would be thinking of suing Apple if they did this to my game. Hello, it is a farking GAME, that means it does NOT have to be politically correct and it does NOT have to kowtow to 'da law' on this subject.


    But it does have to ka taw to the wishes of a private company and their private virtual store.
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    dstarr3 , May 22, 2014 6:27 AM
    App will still be available to users in Colorado.
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    Camikazi , May 22, 2014 7:56 AM
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    there no point about weed "god" make the weed for us smoke. everyone hastaman vibration!

    God also made extremely dangerous things as well, like a tree whose sap will cause blisters and if burned can blind you. I don't know if weed is actually dangerous (it is not completely good, of that I am certain) but it is stupid to think that just because it is natural that it can't be bad.
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    southernshark , May 22, 2014 8:05 AM
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    there no point about weed "god" make the weed for us smoke. everyone hastaman vibration!


    like uranium, all natural with a good vibration.
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    Amdlova , May 22, 2014 8:07 AM
    you guys are right :)  but the joke is fine
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    npyrhone , May 22, 2014 8:43 AM
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    I really dislike apple. Just saying.


    Your insightful comment is noted.


    And yours wasn't. As it should be.
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    mobrocket , May 22, 2014 9:43 AM
    i havent played this game, how do throwing birds fit into the theme?
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    Quarkzquarkz , May 22, 2014 11:45 AM
    Listen, for those who don't know any better, marijuana has been banned and illegal for almost a Century under Federal Law for a REASON. Since January 2014, there has been reports of 80% increase in 'drugged' driving in the states of Washington and Colorado which leads to more evidence that traffic fatalities are on the rise due to being stoned. (Source: DMV Statistics report Washington and Colorado)

    In other words, encouraging a drug app that increases this kind of activity should not be allowed. We learned in school that Marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, pre-mature death, and unwanted violence.

    Lastly, if you think inhaling smoke into your healthy lungs is considered 'medicine', then I am not the one who is out of touch. Doctors are even prescribing this stuff to children for Heaven's sake. What's next? Cocaine for restless-leg syndrome? Gimmie a break.. even Rubio says it's dangerous so enough, tired of arguing thank you~
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    fil333 , May 22, 2014 1:30 PM
    Really weed? Who cares other than potheads.
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    stingstang , May 22, 2014 1:36 PM
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    I really dislike apple. Just saying.


    Your insightful comment is noted.


    And yours wasn't. As it should be.

    Your comment literally means that his comment was also noted. I hope you feel good about yourself.
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    cburke82 , May 22, 2014 2:10 PM
    Quote:
    Listen, for those who don't know any better, marijuana has been banned and illegal for almost a Century under Federal Law for a REASON. Since January 2014, there has been reports of 80% increase in 'drugged' driving in the states of Washington and Colorado which leads to more evidence that traffic fatalities are on the rise due to being stoned. (Source: DMV Statistics report Washington and Colorado)

    In other words, encouraging a drug app that increases this kind of activity should not be allowed. We learned in school that Marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, pre-mature death, and unwanted violence.

    Lastly, if you think inhaling smoke into your healthy lungs is considered 'medicine', then I am not the one who is out of touch. Doctors are even prescribing this stuff to children for Heaven's sake. What's next? Cocaine for restless-leg syndrome? Gimmie a break.. even Rubio says it's dangerous so enough, tired of arguing thank you~


    Do you know what pain meds like oxy and Vicodin are based off of? They are opiates so they are basically a pure form of heroine. I get that inhaling smoke is not good for you but the pills they give out are far worse. My mom passed away from cancer and the pain pills they gave her made her sick. Smoking weed helped with the pain and made her apatite come back. You say whats next cocaine but the pills the pass out are far worse than that already.
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    smeghead4269 , May 22, 2014 3:58 PM
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    Listen, for those who don't know any better, marijuana has been banned and illegal for almost a Century under Federal Law for a REASON.

    Yes, and that reason is general ignorance on the part of lawmakers.

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    Since January 2014, there has been reports of 80% increase in 'drugged' driving in the states of Washington and Colorado which leads to more evidence that traffic fatalities are on the rise due to being stoned. (Source: DMV Statistics report Washington and Colorado)

    And I'll bet that figure doesn't even come close to the number of fatalities that result from drunk driving, yet no one is in a rush to outlaw alcohol.

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    In other words, encouraging a drug app that increases this kind of activity should not be allowed. We learned in school that Marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, pre-mature death, and unwanted violence.

    I remember learning the same thing in school. I also remember learning Columbus set sail to prove the world was round. Funny thing about schools, they don't always get it right.

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    Lastly, if you think inhaling smoke into your healthy lungs is considered 'medicine', then I am not the one who is out of touch.

    Actually, yes, you are. Inhaling smoke certainly can cause problems, but medicines often have harmful side effects. Marijuana is not at all unique in that regard. It's all about the benefits outweighing the damage.

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    Doctors are even prescribing this stuff to children for Heaven's sake.

    WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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    mapesdhs , May 22, 2014 5:01 PM
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    ... In other words, encouraging a drug app that increases this kind of activity should not be allowed. We learned in school that Marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, pre-mature death, and unwanted violence. ...


    Learned in school... that's a good one. :D  I can't imagine a worse place for
    shoving nonsense into a growing human's brain than school (watch some
    episodes of QI, you'll see what I mean). And so ironic that you're griping
    about weed, which results in very few deaths each year, yet it's business
    as usual wrt gun violence, more than 30000 deaths a year in the US, half
    of those suicides, many of which would otherwise more than likely be
    preventable.

    This has far more to do with control, power and money. Ordinary cigs cause
    enormous numbers of deaths through cancers & other illnesses, imposing
    huge burdens on health care systems, wasting incomprehensible amounts
    of money which could be better spent on food, clothing & other essentials
    (or saved), yet it's tolerated because it earns a lot of tax revenue; those who
    run a nation's finances care more about the money coming in right now than
    much larger future avoidable costs.

    Researchers have been calling for rational decision making on these and
    other issues for years, but it'll never happen as long as so many people
    choose to be blind about the realities of underlying causes, etc. People
    would rather believe a lie than confront a truth they can't handle for
    political, religious or other reasons.

    That's not to say I'd use weed (I wouldn't, because it does cause various
    types of harm), but it has genuine medical benefits for certain people and
    it's nowhere near as deadly as other perfectly legal pursuits which kill
    hundreds of times more people each year, to little serious complaint or
    desire for change.

    Tell you what, try walking through South Central at 3am with some lit
    spliffs in your mouth - what do you reckon might kill you first? Weed
    smoke, or a bullet?

    Ian.

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    wekilledkenny , May 22, 2014 5:43 PM
    This has happened before, and will happen again. When will the game developers finally learn that when they go to bed with Apple, they should be ready to get shafted.
    In regards to Apple's ownership of the app store - they are not exactly a charity. They charge a whopping 30% commission on any (cr)app that is sold there. If my game made Apple millions, only to get the boot by Apple, I'd be pi$$ed off too. Thing is, I know better then to go to Apple's bed, so cry me a river.
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