jueves, 31 de enero de 2013

Boyfriend Trainer, controversial smartphone app, ripped for endorsing domestic ... - New York Daily News

Domestic violence appears to be just a game in a new smartphone app that has users in an uproar.

The controversial app, dubbed Boyfriend Trainer, allows players to slap, strangle or even electrocute their virtual beaus if they do something wrong — like drop a drink or leave their clothes on the floor.

"Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend!" the app's description reads. "When scolding doesn't work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!"

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Boyfriend Trainer, developed by the Mumbai-based company Games2Win, also lets users punish their boyfriends if they eye another woman. Players can put their significant others on leashes, as well.

"Girlfriends don't like their boyfriends to look at other girls. About time he got the message. Slap him silly!" the questionable game advises.

The aggressive app, available for both iPhone and Android, seems to have skirted Apple's infamously stringent App Store rules, which include an all-out ban on nudity and prohibit any program that appears to promote violence against women.

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Many users have suggested that the game advances a double standard, arguing that the app wouldn't be available for download if it allowed boyfriends to "train" their girlfriends.

"Not only is this extremely abusive and wrong, but (it's) teaching girls that this kind of behavior is okay!!? Imagine if the roles were reversed," user Schmidty420 writes in an App Store review.

Though the app is a cartoon, other users have blasted it for promoting what they say is relationship abuse to an impressionable audience. The game is rated for children over the age of 4.

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"I hate how this game is so abusive I understand its just a game but kids play this and u don't want this to be an influence on them," writes one user, Jazzy1289.

Games2Win, which bills itself as "one of the top 20 online gaming businesses in the world," has marketed several other eyebrow-raising games, like Boyfriend Cheater (tagline: "Let those lips meet, go on just cheat") and Naughty Nurse (tagline: "Your prescription for mischief is about to be filled").

Games2Win and Apple did not immediately return the Daily News' requests for comment.

In the past, however, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has yanked apps that appear to promote violence against others, like the Baby Shaker App.

The disturbing game allowed users to quiet a virtually crying infant by shaking their phone.

croberts@nydailynews.com

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