More 'crap apps' being let loose in the Marketplace
We previously assumed the Windows Phone Marketplace submission review team had a ritual to get unbelievably intoxicated every Friday night, return back to the offices and let through whatever humorous apps they saw, regardless of functionality. We've now had to revise our assumption, as it would appear that the team is simply having some giggles behind the scene throughout the week.
Introducing the app-that-shalln't-be-named (see above photo), no it's not an app dedicated to Lord Voldemort. This is possibly the most interesting submission due to the obscene graphic as the logo (we've actually censored it to keep WPCentral safe for work), which makes us wonder how on earth something this explicit can worm its way through, especially since Microsoft believes Xbox LIVE Avatar toy guns (that don't actually fire rounds or laz0rz) are offensive to the youngsters.
It's perfectly fine to decapitate heads on Skyrim, shoot aliens in Halo, check out some naked women on the Windows Phone Marketplace, but a toy gun on your Avatar is deemed 'unacceptable'.
Unfortunately, should you be looking forward to checking this app out via this article, you'll be slightly disappointed. While hours of fun for our fingers is certainly intriguing to say the least, the reviews of this 'crap app' provide an insight into the app's usefulness:
- "While quite deceiving, the actual use for this app changed my life! Now I drink champaign and flirt with movie stars all day every day!"
- "This is by far the *** app I have ever. Downloaded even worse is the fact they use a *** chick to try to reel you in. Watching grass grow is more entertaining than this"
What's with this post, and why are we providing attention without firing out the Marketplace link left, right and centre? It's frustration. Pure and simple frustration. We have apps such as this making their way through while solid submissions such as the Carbon Twitter client and even our own WPCentral app had difficulties for various reasons. Not to mention Ffffound experiencing issues due to adult content policies. It makes one consider if all apps should have naked women as app logos to ensure a 100% chance of approval?
We've certainly been here before, and Microsoft has even responded to our cries out for tighter control with revisions being made to the limit of apps being submitted within 24 hours, but this is starting to get slightly silly now. Either the automated system needs working on, or we need some more human verification.
Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
If you install this app, the app icon/live tile is different, it's a (bad) drawing of a man. after installing it, you'll find nothing that has to do with naked women.
The real issue here is that the logo uploaded to the marketplace is different from the logo used in the xap file itself and is only meant to draw attention. That's why Microsoft should've decliend it
I also have a problem with "crapps" since they do nothing to promote the quality of service we're all trying to promote with Windows Phone. One of the reasons I choose WP7 over Android is the quality of service and the lack of bad apps.
The app does what it says, if even the graphics could use some work. The icon once downloaded is not the same as in the app description. There appears to be a slight delay at times under stress, perhaps something that will be fixed with an upcoming update. It is truly a shame I can not get some Achievement Point from this. As an added benefit it is a great casual game, with a short learning curve, my cat was able to master it in a short time, making this one of the first time my cat and I can both use a modern(it came out recently) game.
I do take comfort in knowing that these apps can't do anything to "infect" your phone the way many Android apps can, but I know how these things work... they test the waters and each app is a new chance to see what works and doesn't work.
It's something Microsoft needs to be very aggressive in stopping.
Entertaiment category is useless for serious developers, but I begin to see this shits on tools now.. It is pity, MS needs to introduce a new dwdicated category for these apps: 'apps for people who will never have a girl'
What you have to realise with Ffffound is that art comes in many forms and to some an offensive piece of art is porn and to others its the pinnacle of human creation.
To the dude that wrote Ffffound triple thumbs up. Whoever wrote this disgrace for code could learn from you.