UPDATE: PopCap Games has issued a notice regarding an unintentional effect that the PvZ update has had to any iDevice using iOS4…there have been reports of crashes. From PopCap:
We can confirm that we have reproduced the reports of crashes with the Plants vs. Zombies update on iOS4 and iOS4.01. New installations of the game are not affected. Existing users who update the game may be affected, however. We are trying to identify the root cause so that we can release an update as quickly as possible.
At this time, we recommend against updating the new version (0.01) of Plants vs. Zombies if you have previously purchased the game. We hope to be able to provide some work-around steps later today that may help some users in the interim before we release an update to solve the problem. We will provide a new notice in the APP Store and on iTunes as soon as a solution is in place.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Plants vs Zombies has many different zombies in the game, including one iconic dancing zombie that cannot be mistaken for anything other than a tribute to Michael Jackson. Dressed in red jacket/pants, white socks, and one white glove (as in Jackson’s Thriller video from years gone), the dancing zombie keeps going and keeps bringing up more zombies until you destroy the dancing zombie itself.
But now, according to MTV, the estate of Michael Jackson has decided that this tribute is, in fact, objectionable, and wants it gone. Despite the fact that this clearly falls under the venue of parody, and thus free use, PopCap has decided that it isn’t worth it to fuss. So they are in the process of making changes to the dancing zombie to produce a new “dancing zombie” that is more disco-themed, and will be available in a later update.
The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson. After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of PLANTS vs.ZOMBIES on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway.
For iPhone and iPad, this means that the next time you plug your iDevice in for a sync, you’ll probably loose that original dancing zombie. But what about your Mac version? I contacted PopCap Games about this, but they said that they could not release any further information at this time.
Dancing Zombie is dead! All hail Dancing Zombie!