DUI Checkpoint Apps banned, But Drunk Game OK for iTunes Store

DUI Checkpoint Apps banned, But Drunk Game OK for iTunes Store

Apple may have banned apps that helped drivers find DUI checkpoints, but it has approved a game where drinkers try to follow a straight line to see how drunk they are.

This $0.99 app, with the jaunty title of “Drunk – Follow the Line,” is a little more cautious than some: the age limit is 17  (though that’s still underage for drinking in some countries) and it carries a big warning that says: “Note: this is not an actual alcohol test.”

Like a lot of other questionable and controversial apps, it was approved abroad first, this time in Italy, but is available in the U.S. iTunes store. It’s the handiwork of Miode, which also peddles another type of app that plays peek-a-boo in iTunes due to rules — a router password finder.

There are dozens of drinking game apps for sale in iTunes some of them approved for all ages — despite lip  service to “drinking responsibly,” — not exactly keeping the family-friendly image that Apple says it wants for the store.

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  • GregsTechBlog

    I think there’s a big difference between apps that allow you to drive drunk, and apps that allow you to pretend you’re drunk. Alcohol itself isn’t some big mean monster. 
    DUI checkpoint apps make it easier for someone to get behind the wheel of a car when intoxicated. That’s the sole function of these apps, to help people drink and drive. 

    Know you’re going to be driving? Don’t drink. If you must, have one or two drinks over an hour, and monitor your estimated BAC with an app. 

    Always plan ahead, and don’t drink and drive. 

  • ichiroa

    Really? Other than the fact the two apps has to do with Alcohol they have nothing to do with each other. One is essentially a game or entertainment, the other is to evade law enforcement.
    The quality of this site is going down hill. Please stop trying to get headlines.

  • Brandon M

    So what you’re trying to say is… Evading the law Apps Banned, but a silly game where you have to keep a drunk guy walking on a line  is OK for iTunes Store.

    Yeah… I think is OK too. 

    DUI Apps can help you evade a alcohol test spot and crash somewhere else, at least you didn’t got busted.
     
    I can’t even find something to compare between games and DUI Checkpoint apps.

  • Brandon M

    So what you’re trying to say is… Evading the law Apps Banned, but a silly game where you have to keep a drunk guy walking on a line  is OK for iTunes Store.

    Yeah… I think is OK too. 

    DUI Apps can help you evade a alcohol test spot and crash somewhere else, at least you didn’t got busted.
     
    I can’t even find something to compare between games and DUI Checkpoint apps.

  • Karras

    And they approved a Grand Theft Auto game, which contains various types of criminal activity including dabbling in the narcotics market. So what? A desire to maintain a family friendly image does not equate to sanitising everything to the point that all apps are suitable for under 5s.

  • “fanbois”

    Lame attempt to sensationalize.

  • Guest

    You’re comparing these apps to DUI checkpoints ? Are you a fucking nut job ? Escaping the law is equal to playing a game ? The more I read Cult of Mac the more it amazes me to see the kind of idiots they employ to bullshit their blog.

  • lux luxlamf

    I cannot legally carry a gun but I can play GTA on my iPad. I dont see a connection really. Being a Motorcycle rider I appreciate the Surprise Check points instead of having Drunkards trying to naviagate around them.

  • buggietechnica

    Nicole might be a FNJ, but you don’t kick girls like that out of your bed! I digress. She is trying to paint a picture of hypocrisy where there isn’t one (at least in this case). Apple doesn’t want any apps with a sole purpose of circumventing the law. Fair enough. Damn I hate defending Apple but they are being reasonable here.

  • Brian Cookson

    This kind of app is good:
    it may prevent someone from getting behind the wheel in the first place.

  • Allen

    It is censorship at its finest. There is nothing Free about America. Freedom is hope. Hope is dreams. Dreams are too far.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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