jason (FMA Admin)
jason on 09/14/2011 at 01:07PM
Minusbaby tips us off to the brilliantly thought-provoking Creative Commons-licensed game Phone Story, which features his song "Derecha," and has just been banned by the iPhone App Store. Why? Just read their description and then consider the realities of the world in which we live:
"Phone Story is an educational game about the dark side of your favorite smart phone. Follow your phone's journey around the world and fight the market forces in a spiral of planned obsolescence." The "game" addresses children mining for Coltan in Congo, conditions in outsourced factories in China leading to suicides, planned obsolescene and eWaste.
In covering the story, The Guardian points us to a Gamasutra interview with Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria, the game's Italy-based developer, who believes that the removal of the game from Apple's App Store "signals a full acceptance of a regime of censorship, the equivalent, for developers, of what journalists call the 'chilling effect'"
Of course within this regime, the possibility of an anti-iPhone game seeping into the app store would have been nothing short of a miracle. But Phone Story is working to promote openness and products designed for sharing as a means to encourage collaborative consumption and minimize waste, among many other causes. The game is available in the Android Market, and all proceeds go directly to workers' organizations and other non-profits that are working to stop the horrors represented in the game.