Here’s what happens when Apple bans your game on the App store

Ultimate General

The last couple of weeks has seen America get very vocal about the use of the Confederate flag. Apple’s response to this was banning any game on the app store that uses the flag, and among the pulled games was Ultimate General: Gettysburg, which uses the flag in historical context. 

Ultimate General: Gettysburg is also on Steam. Interestingly, as the App was pulled by Apple, player counts of the PC version jumped considerably. 

Steam Charts tracks player data, and whilst the number of players does fluctuate over the year, you can see that in the recent months of this year the game was only seeing around 250 players at it’s peak. Hit June, the month when Apple pulled anything with Confederate flags, and the peak player count jumps to 507. Thats a +22.77% gain in player counts. 

Basically, if you ban a game, people are going to try and play it anyway. The numbers are likely to settle back down soon though as the controversy passes. The game has since been restored to the App Store, too. 

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

This whole thing was so fucking stupid. The idea of banning the confederate flag is almost as retarded as banning Nazi imagines. What are they scared off? That the general Lee is gonna posses someone after seeing the flag and try to raise the south again?

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Fraser Brown Avatar
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2 Years ago

It's a bit more complicated than that. It's a knee jerk reaction, sure, but it's also a reaction to the racial tension that's gripped parts of the US.

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[GM] SocietyX Avatar
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2 Years ago

Bringing it down from over Statehouses is one thing. Going so apeshit you're banning it from HISTORY is just fucking retarded. The way to overcome racial divide is not to just pretend history never happened.

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

It's not complicated at all, it's just morons trying to bann things that offend them for no reason but to claim non existent victories over nothing.

Banning historical elements has to be the most retarded thing in the world, it goes against the very idea of learning from our past so it doesn't happen again, what are people gonna learn from if we devote so much into banning and hiding said past?

It's like with Germany and the Nazis, they have such a thight grip on nationalism and anything related to Nazi germany that it feels more like they want to pretend it never happened instead of accepting it and living with it as part of their story, a part they wouldn't want to repeat.

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Mountain_Man(4 hours played)
2 Years ago

It's a knee jerk reaction, PERIOD. There is not a "but" that suddenly makes this nonsense understandable or acceptable.

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Selarek Avatar
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2 Years ago

Poor Bryan, being overwhelmed.

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Aever Avatar
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2 Years ago

So Apple are total clueless idiots when it comes to games. Who would have thought ...

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