Google Pulls Dog Wars App

Categories: Animals, Tech
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Google: a fight not worth having
Yesterday, SF Weekly recounted the national uproar over a new Android game "Dog Wars," which even Michael Vick said is training ground for dogfighters. Apparently, Google felt the heavy pressure and announced it would remove the app from its online store.

Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who has already had his fun with dogfighting, joined the Humane Society yesterday saying the virtual dogfighting game glorified animal abuse, and they called on Google to dump the app.

The game allows users to feed, water, and train pit bulls for dogfights. And while Kage Games, which created the app, insists it's not promoting the murderous sport, the logo itself has people questioning its intention. The Web sites features an illustration of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the Dog Wars logo.

The game's developers claim it was supposed to benefit dogs -- a portion of the proceeds from the game would go to animal rescue groups, according to Kage.

"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," the developers told reporters yesterday.

It's not the first controversy over an app in the last month. Recently, Apple dumped the "gay-cure" app, which was created by the religious organization Exodus International to help people overcome their unwanted homosexual desires. In that case, the company responded to the more than 146,000 people who signed a petition asking Apple to strip the offensive app.

Now, if only these companies had an app to help them decide which apps are too offensive to promote.

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Lagiardino
Lagiardino

They did not pull the app- I was able to find it & buy. I didn't.This app has to be removed - dog fighting is terrible & this app promotes it

Keoneill
Keoneill

Just because people want to play a game like that dosent (sic) mean theyll go out and do it???? Children are killing other children just to see what it is like, because they see it on the screen; YOU BE A MAN and stop being "retarded". People watch these horrible things and they follow the same things - what do you think advertising is about??? Abuse is abuse. Humans, animals, nature. Get a life, yourself - and go help those in need. these people that watch these games and they think that's cool -- idiot-go help these animals in need - they are far more in need than what you have ever imagined; and I promise your reward will be beyond your wildest dreams.

Lilacblossoms1304
Lilacblossoms1304

I am glad the app has been pulled. There are better ways for people to spend their time. Like volunteering to help those less fortunate than they are. How many pictures of misery and disaster in this country and internationally do people need to see to be convinced there is so much to be done? Who needs a game to see blood and death when we see so much of it on TV and the internet already?

Pbono1027
Pbono1027

Violence is violence even with animals...they are pets not bait..anyone who abuses animals is as sick and demented as someone who abuses children.

Guest
Guest

Absolutely DISAGREE with comment below! Dog fighting DOES happen in REAL LIFE! Creating games like these (GTA, mob games, animal cruelty games) just makes it OK in the public eye, not everyone is able to separate right from wrong. And I don't understand why anyone would want to play a game, or even make a game about hurting animals. That's what is RETARDED. Know the facts before you open your mouth is the lesson here.

Dalileo
Dalileo

Shame on you google!

The1seven
The1seven

Googlem wtf were you thinking?!?!

Jake Baldwin
Jake Baldwin

Where exactly is Google's 'announcement' ? I've yet to see any kind of statement from them, and have been asking for explanation of how this happened in the first place along with their plans to keep from happening again! NOTHING is what I've heard from Google, and that's exactly what they're getting from me and tens of thousands of others currently boycotting use of their search engine/toolbar, Android phones, and YouTube.

thugjedi
thugjedi

the google android open source operating system has no real approval process for app they pull malicious apps and apps that violates the terms of service it is the gift and curse of being open they wont pull the app unless it violates the terms of service and it does not

The Sharkey
The Sharkey

You'd think Google would be smart enough to realize that having an App like this available in their marketplace was a bad idea.

Even if you don't think it will lead people to be interested in real dog fighting, it's just in poor taste.

indyroll
indyroll

PS - Dog Wars is unavailable due to overwhelming demand, developer had to get bigger equipment to handle downloads. They also would like to thank you for the free advertising.

Mandy M.
Mandy M.

Google already pulled the app down...Wow hahaha laugh my butt off! you do not even know what you are talking about bahahaaa...Dog Wars in unavailable, because Google already pulled the app from the market!

indyroll
indyroll

Mandy M., developer works in my building. I think if you look at droid market place, Dog Bucks - 8,000 + Adrin Shot still available (app that allows you to buy extra stuff for Dog Wars App). App blow up over the past 3 days and developer told me yesterday evening that they pulled it to get a new group of servers up, demand was unbelievable thanks to Mike Vick. They had no idea it would be so popular, this is the beta (test) verision and they did not have approitate level of equipment for this much demand. I think you do not even know what you are talking about. You might want to do a little research before spouting off.

Htx_playa
Htx_playa

This is just plain stupid of the "humane society". It is a GAME do you people see the public shooting m48 carbines at police or shooting rpg's at cars and helicopters like you can do in grand theft auto. You dont see people racing all through the freeways and streets like they do in need for speed or midnight club games. Just because people want to play a game like that dosent mean theyll go out and do it. I think the app should be put back up I have 2 pitbulls of my own and im not putting them to fight other dogs. Again I have to say peta, & the humane society are retarded. And for the record michal vick is just involved in all this because he wants to try to get publicity again after his own downfall and embaressment he went through when they caught him fighting dogs. I say he needs to get a life and stop using things to his advantage to try to get good publicity. HE NEEDS TO BE A MAN ABOUT HIS OWN DOWNFALL AND NEEDS TO STOP DOING PUBLICITY STUNTS TO TRY TO GET BACK TO HIS ONCE HELD FAME GET A LIFE VICK !!!!!!!

HeidiA
HeidiA

I think you would benefit from reading some research. People are affected and influenced by media such as video games. As a dog lover, you can appreciate that any forum that could encourage the abuse of animals should not be condoned.

WickedCats
WickedCats

Why don't you go and look at what this game encourages. Because if you think that some people don't get pumped up by this, and think "hey, we can't race the streets in cars shooting at people, but we CAN get some dogs and fight them!", then you are an even bigger idiot than the ones that made this game up.

Mandy M.
Mandy M.

Don't be mad because you are to lazy to get a real job, and have to rely on your dog fighting club in your basement! You do not own any pit bulls, if you did you would not have this opinion! If you do have pit bulls than that is related to my first sentence. you are right people are not behaving like gta, and people are not out there racing through the streets...but people are dogs fighting in real life you idiot. hope you have fun at your dog fight tonight.

Mandy M.
Mandy M.

Let me repeat what my main point is...you are right people are not behaving like GTA, and no people are not racing through the streets like in racing games, but people really are dog fighting in real life!! People really are doing dog fighting in real life, people really are dog fighting in real life!!!

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