App Store Pulls ‘Barbie’ Plastic-Surgery App Following Backlash

Apple’s App Store pulled a Barbie-inspired plastic-surgery app on Tuesday, following intense backlash fueled in part by a Twitter campaign.

The game, which launched last week and was rated for children 9 and older, walked players through the graphic steps of liposuction that must be performed on an “unfortunate girl” to make her “slim and beautiful.”

The dubious steps included injecting anesthetic, making incisions with a scalpel and suctioning out fat with a pump. This process was then repeated multiple times on Barbie’s different “problem areas.”

“This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her, doctor?”

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App Store Pulls ‘Barbie’ Plastic-Surgery App Following Backlash.

Gamasutra – Features – Ethical Dilemmas and Dominant Moral Strategies In Games

How do moral choices interweave with game design and player expectation? In this article, Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center graduate student Brandon Perdue examines how games like The Witcher, Mass Effect, Heavy Rain and more struggle to offer players meaningful choice.

Gamasutra – Features – Ethical Dilemmas and Dominant Moral Strategies In Games.

Character Evolution, Moral Choices and Ethics in Divinity II: Ego Draconis | SocInfo

…Your choices and decisions will get people in jail, break marriages, unite lovers and earn you friends, lower prices, rewards and enemies as well.

Such are the moral and ethics of modern games, where good becomes evil and evil becomes good and where you can often choose (or not) to play on either side of these shifting boundaries.

Character Evolution, Moral Choices and Ethics in Divinity II: Ego Draconis | SocInfo.