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iTunes Store parasites

So I was looking whether the name Monsterz was already taken on the iTunes app store. Unfortunately, it was: synx.us’s Monsterz has been there for a while. It’s a rather poor game where “the aim of the game is to push as many tiles off the screen as possible within the time limit”, but well, that’s the rule: first-come, first-served.

However, I had a look at another linked application by synx.us, and discovered Baseballz, which looked quite similar. Of course it looked similar: in Baseballz, “the aim of the game is to push as many tiles off the screen as possible within the time limit”. Oh well, why not? Who would call a game Baseballz anyway?

Then I found Horrorz, where “the aim of the game is to push as many tiles off the screen as possible within the time limit”. In Soccerz, “the aim of the game is to push as many tiles off the screen as possible within the time limit”. Then came Flagz, Golfz, Razing and Eazter. Eazter? Seriously, what the fuck? And there is more! Tenniz, Valentines, St Patrick’s Day, Blox, Jox, Bikez and fucking Footballz. All these games have the exact same gameplay and even the same title screen text.

Congratulations, Apple. You won’t allow an Obama trampoline jumping app yet fifteen times the same fucking application from obvious namespace parasites is OK.