Dog fighting is a felony in all states, and for good reason. Once again the Android market and Google have offered the opportunity for people to virtually practice fighting dogs. How can exposing children to the horrific and gratuitous violence of fighting dogs be a good thing?
This is not just another video game. According to Fox News, the developer, Kage Games, LLC calls this "the biggest yet," referring to a previous dogfighting app, which was forcibly removed from the market in April. I was among the first bloggers to write about the app online, wrote a piece in my newspaper column and talked about it on the radio - calling the app "reckless and irresponsible."
Bloggers and traditional media picked up on the story...National animal welfare groups, police superintendents and even Michael Vick spoke out against the app. (Wish Michael Vick would do more to speak out against dog fighting, but that is another story.)
With overwhelming public pressure, the app went away.
Now, it's back - called KG Dogfighting.
To verify it's availability, not only did I visit the Android market place online, I also checked on my Android phone. Indeed, it's there...
The new app offers "advanced dog training levels;" more items to train dogs with, including an array of whips; allowing users to buy and use a variety of drugs; and new guns for trainers to use in shootouts with “F.E.T.A.” -- a fictional law enforcement agency.
If you really want to be sickened - just read the description - which I cut 'n pasted. I agree with their defensive contention about censorship, it is indeed a slippery slope. Having said that, at some point you're going too far. Besides, not every magazine publishes every story I write. The Android market (according to their own rules) could remove the game (I really should not call this a game), and they should remove it.
"Feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other players... action games, chatroom, many characters and dogs to choose from, virtual store, more
NO DOGS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS APP... a few flies got swatted. YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE TO PLAY.
Drop your cred codes and ideas in the comments section or message boards on the web. Check the shoutbox in the game for news and game updates, or just talk fight and smack with other players.
If you get a bug, please send us the report or email us.
1. It is just A VIDEO GAME
2. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or betta 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
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.
Let's Get it On!
We appreciate everyone's thoughts about our app as we are firm believers in the right to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.
These freedoms are the building blocks of the Google Android operating system and the very reason so many users choose Google Android over the alternative.
We've heard thoughts from many dog and animal lovers about our app and first we, as dog owners and dog lovers ourselves, would like to thank you for your thoughts and for the work many of you do on behalf of our canine friends. We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind's ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.
We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. Further, this is a satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting and we believe in the power of a modern media tool to educate and raise awareness of the real horrors. Another portion of our proceeds are also being appropriated for catastrophic human tragedies, the first of which is the Japan Tsunami relief effort. We encourage everyone to donate to BOTH of these very important causes.
There are hundreds of games on the Google Android market as well as any other popular game platform which, if acted out in real life, would be illegal. What makes the Google Android platform special is it gives the freedom and responsibility to the individual users to decide what to put on their phones as opposed to the phone carriers and app stores making value judgments on our behalf.
Lastly, we are incorporating suggestions from both our supporters and our detractors in an effort to create a more socially conscious app that provides a net benefit to dogs as well as humans. Please remember that censorship is a very slippery slope."
When the game was free, I did download to see what it was all about - but I don't want to give the company the download credit....and I certainly don't want to give them the $4.99 it now costs. Their description of 'educate' might be right, and that's the problem...who wants to educate people on fighting dogs? Can't speak for this newer game for sure, but their old game was not "satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting" as suggested. It was violent, and it seems this is more so - and they are proud of that. Besides, dog fighting - more than ridiculous - it's unspeakably horrific, and young people exposed to this violence are desensitized to violence to people. And at dog fights, according to law enforcement, there are always other crimes happening. Never mind those dogs that are truly victims.
I hope you share this post, and encourage people to complain to the Android marketplace. Complaints are reserved for inappropriate apps - this sure is! You can also flag on your phone in the Android market as inappropriate. (thanks to Facebooks fans who notified me the app is back). Please take action - together, again, we can get this app removed.