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The Controversial Dog Fighting App That Just Won't Go Away

Authored by: Steven Blum — May 2, 2011

 

Honestly, a part of us is completely sick of the Dog Wars "controversy". First of all, it's not even a controversy: clearly, dogfighting is bad, and clearly this game is insensitive and should be pulled. The only reason the story has been so prominent as of late is that when you stoke the anger of the internet, you usually get an influx of pageviews. But there's no ambiguity here: we all pretty much agree that the game is fucked up.  

(And to the minority who still voice the free speech defense: while this may work for many fantasy games [Grand Theft Auto, for example], Dog Wars is very specifically and realistically depicting acts of animal cruelty that are easily repicable).

In any case, the game developers have decided to put their game back on the market under the name KG Dogfighting after Google pulled it amid "copyright concerns."  It sits with zero star ratings and just a few comments, mostly negative. Perhaps the best course of action, at this point, is to just ignore the app and hope it goes away soon. 

Source: PC Magazine

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Steven Blum May 3, 2011 Link to comment

    Yeah? Maybe I jumped the shark here. Wish I could see the screenshots.

    I think I am unable to be objective about this game because I like dogs. It's true: hookers and pimps get a lot less empathy.

  • Alex T.
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    May 2, 2011 Link to comment

    I think beating up a hooker and steeling her money or shooting cops in the face is as easy to replicate as dogfighting and a lot fewer people seem to make a fuss about that. The only thing Google needs to get out of the market are apps that promote hate towards different races or cultures. If they start removing games because people don't like the content this is going to be as bad as Apple's arbitrary policy on what gets in the market.

    Also, I installed the game to see what the fuss is about and it's just like Mafia Wars: a bunch of menus and stuff to buy and exactly zero actual display of fights.