With a “coming soon” landing page that says “Raise Your Dog To Beat The Best” and an image of bloodier fighter dog to go with it, Kage Games recent released Dog Wars – a Dog Fighting Android App that is drawing wide-spread condemnation and calls for Google to yank the game off the Android ‘Marketplace’ app store.
The game allegedly lets it’s players train a virtual pit bull to fight other virtual dogs and build street cred that “puts money in your pocket and lets you earn more in fights.” The game also has features to “feed, water, train and fight your virtual dog against other players.“
Several animal rights agencies including The ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Humane Society of the United States have all issued statements condemning the game.
Even convicted dog killer and former felon Michael Vick — who did a 21 months stint at the minimum security Federal Prison Camp in Leavenworth, Kansas – took offense to the App, alleging “Now, I am on the right side of this issue”
Not too long ago Vick was on the “wrong side of the issue“, when he was busted and convicted for operating a dog fighting ring in which
- dogs fought to the death,
- were hung and
- killed by repeated slamming into the ground.
Response from the Dog Wars Game App Makers
Meanwhile, the hard to reach “Kage Games” – makers of the App – fiercely defend it on the Android Market place in their “About the Game Concept” section.
1. It is just A VIDEO GAME
2. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games
3. Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it (looking at you XDA Developer Forums… deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
4. Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
5. Go complain to someone who cares about Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Weed Farmer, Smoke a Bowl (these two are listed in the top 15 of casual games on Android Market) and maybe even Sierra’s Leisure Suit Larry from 1987.
They continue to defend their game all the way, with a WARNING at the end that reads
Please remember that censorship is a very slippery slope.
oObly’s Call To Google
While Michael Vick may definitely not be the right person to make a call for an App like this to be removed from the app store – I mean it’s like R.Kelly counseling teenage girls on the the pitfalls of the golden shower – I think that Google should do the right thing and kill this app on app store immediately!