Apple has just added another game to their list of banned titles after they deemed the strategy game app Afghanistan ’11 inappropriate for featuring the Taliban. The game is set up much like a lot of war-reenactment titles are, where there are two sides to every conflict. This one, being set in Afghanistan a decade after 9/11, features the predominant force in the region which would be the Taliban. Unfortunately, Apple has a very strict and, at time, very stupid policy, when it comes to who can and cannot be featured in any way/shape/form, and alerted publisher Slitherine that the game was pulled.
Apple have just pulled Afghanistan '11 from the app store because its got "people from a specific government or other real entity as the enemies". You mean like every realistic game ever…. and people wonder why we don't do iOS anymore. https://t.co/LQjUPUkWWr pic.twitter.com/m4YRNQXyoL
— Iain McNeil (@Iain_Slitherine) December 5, 2018
We say stupid because, from both a gaming and a writing perspective, this is dumb as hell. It’s no different than every World War I or II game out there that features the Germans, or Vietnam War game featuring the Viet Kong, or even Revolutionary War games featuring The British. This policy has gone back years for dozens of games, some for simply featuring flags that were flown in times of war and conflict. You can still play the game on Steam, and like a lot of other people who have been following this story have commented, it probably plays better there anyway.