28 Sep '11, 8pm

Apple Bans Phone Story App, Game That Shows the "Dark Side" of Smartphones

The company behind the app, Molleindustria, describes Phone Story as a game for smartphones that enables critical reflection of its own technological platform: Phone Story represents this process with four educational games that make the player symbolically complicit in coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and gadget consumerism in the West. In Phone Story, one of the mini-games allows a player to force Congolese workers at gunpoint to mine for minerals, such as coltan , needed to assemble a smartphone. The other mini-games are "Suicide ," "eWaste ," and "Obsolescence ," the last of which is meant to illustrate the levels of consumption popular in developed countries. Molleindustria says that all of the revenues raised from the game (70 percent of app store revenues go to the developers) will go directly to workers' organizations and n...

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