Zombie school-shooting iPhone game expelled

I'll leave it up to you if the "Zombie School" iPhone app game -- where players shoot at zombies on a school campus -- is as tasteless as the "Baby Shaker," a discontinued iPhone app where you can quiet a screaming baby by shaking the phone.

But either way, "Zombie School" was found offensive enough that Apple appears to have banned the game, according to Wired.com.

Even with the shootings in Columbine and Virginia Tech behind us, the idea of a game where shootings happen on a school campus is beyond tasteless. It's dangerous to show kids that shooting people -- even the living dead -- at school can be fun.

In the game, a zombie virus infects the school, turning classmates and teachers into zombies. Players then can try to kill them with a machine gun, bow or grenades.

While the game was a cartoon that was pretty absurd, it still went beyond the limits of taste. Here's how the developer, Retarded Arts, described the game, according to Wired.com:

"Your local campus has been infected by the Zombie Virus!! Every one is infected!!! Will you run or will you fight to eliminate all the Zombies? We figured, you would like to fight? You have the control over the Zombie shooting tower that your supporters have made for you. Starting with a single bow and arrow start eliminating the Zombies. As you progress, you can buy Grenades, Gun or even upgrade your bow to shoot double or triple arrow at a time!"

Poor grammar aside, it sounds like a lame game.

In an online post after the game was removed by Apple on Monday afternoon, Retarded Arts officials write that "Zombie school is not promoting school shooting, it's rather promoting elimination of Zombies to protect the humans, just like any other Zombie Game."

Oh, I get it. Since the game involves shooting zombies, and not humans, the shooting is OK. What they don't get is that it's happening on a school campus.

Most people have nothing against killing zombies. But let's keep it out of schools.

Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reach him at www.AaronCrowe.net
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