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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:06 PM

'Boyfriend Trainer' iPhone App Turns Domestic Abuse Into Disturbing Game

A controversial new app called "Boyfriend Trainer" lets users simulate domestic abuse on a virtual man.

Developed by Games2win, the application is available for download in Apple's iTunes App Store. The following description is posted on the app's iTunes page:

Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn’t work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!

Game play features an animated "girlfriend" character, which the user controls and uses to "train" the "boyfriend" character. The player advances through the game by physically abusing the boyfriend.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/boyfriend-trainer-app-domestic-abuse-game_n_2599230.html

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Reply 'Boyfriend Trainer' iPhone App Turns Domestic Abuse Into Disturbing Game (Original post)
Major Nikon Feb 2013 OP
lumberjack_jeff Feb 2013 #1
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #2
noamnety Feb 2013 #5
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #6
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2013 #3
MadrasT Feb 2013 #4
NRA_SUCKS Feb 2013 #7
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #8
Major Nikon Feb 2013 #9

Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:27 PM

1. "You go girl."


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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:45 PM

2. There's really no point in belaboring the obvious, i.e. the shitstorm that would occur

were the genders reversed...

one thing I would add, though, if they're really interested in "training" that boyfriend, first thing they should do is make him lose the haircut and soul patch.


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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:35 PM

5. I'm not sure.

When the genders are reversed, there are a fair amount of folks who believe it's not a big deal because violence in video games doesn't cause violence in real life: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022008604

That said, I don't think it's healthy to fantasize about hate crimes of any sort, whether the target is male or female.

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Response to noamnety (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:45 PM

6. I'm not suggesting this thing *causes* violence.

However, we're talking specifically about an app sold via the Apple store- the Apple store, mind you, normally being a veritable paradise for culture crisis hand-wringers; for instance, no porn apps.

Also, there's nothing in the post you linked about "the genders being reversed". Yes, there are violent videogames -where violence is expressed against all sorts of people- but I'm not aware of any -much less any apps- that are specifically about a man "training" his girlfriend through domestic violence.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:29 PM

3. Don't worry....

....I'm sure it's still some man's fault.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:36 PM

4. That is completely fucking disgusting. n/t

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:36 PM

7. That is to be expected

 

men are considered perfectly acceptable fodder for anything women want to do to us QED.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:38 AM

8. If they're going to give her a whip, they should at least give her the right matching outfit.

Like Jane, here.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:32 PM

9. As a child, I never fully appreciated naps and spankings

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