Video games and mobile games are not known to be violence-free, but they rarely encourage real, physical abuse like Boyfriend Trainer. The “free” iPhone game encourages users to “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!” The game consists entirely of girlfriend characters smacking, hitting, or choking their significant other in order to level up.
The app comes from an India-based company. India has gotten a lot of negative attention from the numerous rape cases that have prompted policy changes to deal with crimes against women. The app, however, moves away from constructive means to deal with unhappy relationships.
Perhaps the game developers are creating for an audience entirely different than Americans, but the app could have the same fate as the Make Me Asian app – a removal from the app store. Apple’s app store may need to be more subjecting when deciding to approve apps that are unethical or outright violent. Domestic abuse is not fun.
Editor’s Note: The original title of this post included the word “unnecessary,” but we have removed it to avoid sending mixed messages.