No more Blindfold Games or Updates

For those of you not following this issue: Two weeks ago, Apple rejected 3 updates: Blindfold Hopper, Blindfold Craps and Blindfold Horserace, by saying it violates a new rule of the App Store: apps that vary only by content (such as video or audio or text) must be merged into one app.  I explained that these apps are all different, and that only their menus and settings screens are similar.  I requested a phone call to discuss this further.  Tap here for details on Apple’s rejection.

On Wednesday night, I talked with an Apple representative, and Apple’s decision is that unless I merge the 80 Blindfold Games into a handful of apps, they will no longer allow new games to be released or allow updates to be made.

From a technology perspective, that’s extremely hard and time-consuming.  From a business perspective, that would mean spending hundreds of hours recoding the games, with no possible return-on-investment.  Most of the games generate sales in the first three months of the game being released, and I’ve been building these games for 4 years.

From a usability perspective, that means the main menus would be ridiculously complex, and the settings screens would be confusing and almost unusable.

If you are unhappy with this decision, you can express your opinion to Apple.  The accessibility desk is at accessibility@apple.com or you can call 1-800-MY-APPLE.  Thanks to everyone for enjoying my games.

 

 

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22 comments on “No more Blindfold Games or Updates

  1. Well, that is regrettable to say the least.
    I understand it from Apple’s side as well as Marty’s side of things.
    I think Apple just wants things consolidated into fewer apps for whatever reason. I also understand the financial losses involved any hours that it does take code things as well.
    It’s a difficult situation for everyone at best.
    It’s going to be a shame for Marty to have to shut this all down now.
    😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠

  2. Ouch! Well, I’ve been a fan of these games since you started all of this, Marty. I’m sorry to hear it. I trust there will be a good solution to it. I can see both sides to it as well. I will do what I can to help, but at the moment, I’m not sure what that would be. I’ll wrack my brain for some kind of idea.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this news! Your games are wonderful and lots of people enjoy them. I hope there will be a workable solution.

  4. Hi Marty,

    This is such sad news. You have worked so hard to create so many wonderful games for us blind folks. now they are shutting you down. There is funeral music playing as I write this.

    Well, thanks ever so much for giving myself and others so much enjoyment. Will the existing games stay in the app store, or should we snap them up before they are taken away?

    Cathy F

  5. I’ve been saying for a long time Apple needs to create an accessibility category of some type, and be a little more understanding of the fact that accessible apps aren’t nearly as
    easy for us to find, especially with games. We are going to be even more limited now.

  6. I think it is so unbelievably bad! To be honest, I can’t understand it. Yes, I want to consolidate things, but when that interferes with access ability they should change the rules. These rules only apply because of accessibility. I have written an email to Apple stating exactly how I feel about it. I think, I really do, but we should do everything we possibly can to change this. Thank you so much for the games! I have only been playing them for awhile, but they are great! Love the sounds, love the music and the variety of Games. Are used to play other games, but they were nowhere near as good as these.

  7. Oops, sorry. I meant to edit that before it got posted, but it got uploaded before I could. Hope most of it made sense though. I think you get the just of what I’m saying.

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  9. This is ridiculous. I’ll be posting my opinions about this issue on my blog too. I like your games, especially Blindfold Bowling.

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