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Petition to Tim Cook (Apple), Sundar Pichai (Google), Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Stop Cosmetic Surgery Apps Aimed At Kids #surgeryisnotagame

Hello, I'm Andrea Mara a mother of three who recently discovered cosmetic surgery games and I'm supporting this petition with Endangered Bodies Ireland. This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies directed at Apple, Google and Amazon.  Like many parents today, what little I know about online games I’ve learned from my kids, and most of what mine have played so far have ranged from clever to educational to downright silly. But one game stopped me in my tracks when my nine-year-old showed it to me recently - it was a plastic surgery simulator game that had come up on her Kindle when she searched for ‘free games for kids. To show me how it works, she carried out cosmetic surgery on her (animated) patient’s nose. This involved marking where the incision should go, using a scalpel to cut into the skin, moving a bone inside the nose, then gluing and stitching up the wound. And once that game was over, some of the other suggestions included ‘Pregnant Mommy’s Surgery – Caesarean Simulator Game’ – I kid you not. I was really surprised that the cosmetic surgery game existed at all – I mean, who wants to play a game that simulates cutting into skin and delving into someone’s nose – but I was particularly surprised to see it marketed to kids. Not only is it graphic and gross, it’s also sending a really negative message to little girls. Don’t like how you look? Just go under the knife – because you are nothing beyond your appearance.   Right now, my kids aren’t particularly body conscious, and although I can’t keep them wrapped up in cotton wool, I’d definitely like to keep them away from plastic surgery games and the messages they send. That app developers are allowed to promote plastic surgery games to children is tasteless and offensive and to quote my nine-year-old, icky. I’m signing the petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to regulate how these games are marketed – will you sign too?  #surgeryisnotagame ~ From Endangered Bodies Ireland: The images above come from some of the many cosmetic surgery apps available on the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store. These cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinise the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.  

Endangered Bodies Ireland
106,595 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Chillingo , Electronic Arts, Codemasters, Hasbro

Make Micro Machines Mobile great again

The mobile game Micro Machines, from Electronic Arts, Chillingo, Codemasters and Hasbro is a great game that used to be awesome and could be great again. Since September 2017, the game is almost not working anymore, the editor gave up on the game and most of the players left the game because of server issues, bugs and crashes, and the lack of follow-up from the editor. Thousands of reviews and forum posts acknowledge this but nothing is done by the editor, problems reported are ignored. We would like to ask positively : make Micro Machines mobile great again. Facts : 2700+ bad reviews on Google Play : Most of those reviews are about bugs, crashes and connection. "I look forward to when the multiple bugs are fixed" "the game just force closes EVERY SINGLE TIME. It's been months now and there's no respite." "the app occasionally stops working and just resets your current game. ( no major data, progress, points, etc get lost though)" "CRASHES!" "The problems however are what completely ruins the experience. Alot of the time the game cannot connect servers to find a game, weekly leagues not being wiped and certain tracks not working at all. No communication from Codemasters which is disappointing given they are usually vocal across their other games" " Now it very rarely connects to a server or stays connected during gameplay. Then if it does connect it usually freezes and stops, then kicks out to restart the app. Use to be great with no problems, played all the time, now it can be days before it'll let me in a game, even with high speed wifi." "Would be a great 5 star game if it wasn't so glitchy. Constantly force closes and has to restart. " "It's a really cool game but now I can't play it. When I select a game to play, it comes up with a message that it can't connect. This is not my connection because it is a stable 37mbs. This has been happening for months. " "Come on, you guys are putting a bad name on Micro Machines with all your random crashes! " There are thousands of reviews like this. Official forums from Electronic Arts : Posts : Game error : Can't find a match - 298 posts When will you listen? Game error : Impossible to launch the game depending on connection Is This Game Getting Fixed? Weekly scores have not reset Game error : Train Track Tussle crashes the game Game error : Event result logged too frequently? Game error : Club Chat - Causes game to crash? Game error : Club Chest Missing Items Game crash : Game crash on Android and so on : "With all these connection problems on mobile, the game has been unplayable for months and still is, yet no word or action from EA or the devs. Another perfectly good game ruined by greed and dishonesty : I am angry, sad and appalled that this kind of business practice can exist without being punished, either by the consumer base, the law, or both." "Next time you consider buying or playing an EA game I urge you to think back to this time in history and ask yourself 'Do I want to do this to myself and do I have any self respect left?' "After playing it everyday for more than 15 months I finally gave up and uninstalled it yesterday. It's just not worth the frustration anymore.I appreciate the time and fun I had playing it and feel bad for not being able to keep playing it. There must be a commercial reason for all this carelessness about this game, and it seems we will never know the truth." "Just aweful. Every week this game is getting from bad to worse. Incredible. There are times this game won’t even load. The game has become extremely laggy and full of bugs. Club members are leaving the game. One cannot send gifts to them. The list of issues is becoming endless and fast. Our requests for the developers to provide some update as to what is happening is consistently met with silence. Shameful." 7 of my friends, playing from 3 different countries, with 6 different smartphones, left the game because of connection issues and crashes.All players from my team in the game, and all players from the others team we know, are experiencing the same problems. What the editors could do to make Micro Machines great again : Make the game work flawless, with good servers and good connection. Currently there are connection problems everyday for every players on any phone. Make the servers great again. Make the game work flowless on Android and Apple. Communication from the editor. Currently there is almost no communication from the editor who tunes out any problem reported by their players. Balance cars and game regularly, like in any game. Forum with real solutions. Currently, no solutions are provided in the officiel forum, and we even hear about censorship. Races reviewed and exempt of crashes. Currently, the race "Train Track Tussle" makes anybody crash. Not crashing when using the turbo. Currently, the game can sometimes crash when we use the turbo. Good matchmaking. Currently, a lot of players complain that they are mixed with cars 3 times faster or stronger than them. Revamped respawn in Elimination. Currently, players can sometimes respawn anywhere and loose immediately. Follow the game with updates and improvements. Currently there is no updates for months, the game is full of bugs and keep crashing for anyone. Chest rewards granted every week. It already happened 3 times that the weekly reward was skipped and the players lost their time and money. Other improvements suggestions : Useful VIP paying bonuses when we have all the cars. Currently, players pay for no real bonus when they have all the cars as the packs are useless. Refund players. Players payed for a game that they can't play. Events and game modes. Nowadays, mobile games asking their players for real money organize events and constantly creates new game modes and new challenges. If you ever played Micro Machines mobiles, please sign this petition. If you never played this game, you can install it, see how great it could be without the bugs and crashed, and sign this petition.

Jean Sanuk
91 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Electronic Arts

The Sims 4: Make All Languages Available For The Base Game Everywhere

At the moment, Electronic Arts, the publisher of Sims 4 is restricting certain language options for the Origin download version or the base game to certain purchase locations, eg. The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Edition bought in the United Kingdom only offers the installation language English (US) and nothing else. There are no language restrictions for the expansion- and stuff packs, however they are automatically bound to the base game language which cannot be changed.Why that is? Who knows! There is no comprehensible reason as to why the digital version of The Sims 4 should only offer specific languages depending on location of purchase. There are plenty of multilingual dedicated Sims players that live outside their homeland but still prefer one language over another or might even want to change to another language to learn it better. Why should you not be able to change to a language that you feel more comfortable with or understand better only because you live in different speaking country? Why should there be such an outdated restriction when no other publisher or game client has put up such a ridiculous barrier?To be clear, we are not talking about the Sims' own language simlish but about the language the game is installed in, the language of your user interface and the languages that WE speak, be it english, german, french, italian, russian, swedish etc.This petition is asking Electronic Arts and inevitably the Sims 4 developers Maxis/The Sims Studio to offer ALL language installation options in the digital version of the game to EVERYBODY, no matter in which part of the world the game was purchased or is being played.

Christina Huhn
106 supporters