Michael Vick, Humane Society & L.A.P.D. Slam “Dog Wars” Android App
What do Michael Vick, the Humane Society of the United States and the Los Angeles Police Department have in common? They’re all barking mad over a new Android game app called “Dog Wars” in which players train virtual pit bulls to battle other players’ dogs and build “street cred.”
The app invites users to “raise your dog to beat the best”; defeating other players’ dogs in bloody to-the-death battles “puts money in your pocket and lets you earn more in fights.”
According to oObly, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Humane Society of the United States are among the animal advocacy groups that have condemned the game. So has convicted dogfighter and NFL superstar Michael Vick, who declared “now I am on the right side of this issue.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles police union boss Paul M. Weber has also slammed the app. “It’s sickening, absolutely sickening,” he spat. “They should take it down immediately. These animals are defenseless. It’s absolutely the wrong message to send to our children.”
Tech blog oObly says Kage Games, makers of the app, are “fiercely defending” it. The following is posted in the “about the game concept” section of the Android Marketplace:
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.
Moral Low Ground joins oObly in calling on Google to immediately kill this atrocious app.
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