In case you had even for a brief moment the impression that we live in a stupid-free world, here’s an app to remind you of the opposite.
Send Me To Heaven, one of the most idiotic apps I’ve ever seen, was developed by Carrot Pop for iOS and Android. To prove that they are really concerned about the safety of the iOS devices that can run this app, Apple banned the game from the iTunes Store for “encouraging behaviour that could result in damage to the user’s device.” From a certain point of view, I don’t really understand why Apple gets involved in this. After all, the iSheep would go ahead and buy another iPhone after sending the first one to heaven. The app continues to exist on the Play Store, so Google doesn’t seem to share the same worry.
The principles S.M.T.H. uses are rather simple. Based on information sent by the phone’s sensors, the app determines the height the device was thrown at. Moreover, the game was conceived as a challenge, so being the only idiot in the neighborhood isn’t sufficient. The ones stupid enough to install and use this “sports game” are required to have equally stupid friends that they can compete against.
Not to look like total morons, the developers of this game chose to display a disclaimer before getting to the main screen: “Hints: Be careful not to injure yourself or others. Be always aware that there is enough space above you and around you. Do some training to learn right skills to get best results.” There’s no mention of destroying the freakin’ smartphone, however, so that’s the least of their concerns.
In their heads, Carrot Pop think that this game has a future, despite Apple’s decision of banning it. More precisely, they see it as a “sports game” that could have national championships and other events of the sort: “National and even city challenges will be organized later and you will need GPS for that.” The GPS needs to be activated so that the users of the app can record the location where the throw was made. After all, you’d like to know the exact spot where your smartphone got wasted, wouldn’t you?
The bottom line is: I don’t know who are the bigger idiots – the app developers or the ones who actually considered playing Send Me To Heaven?