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Dogfighting phone app creators say game is meant to 'educate public'

The creators of a dogfighting phone application that has been assailed by animal protection groups and police officials said Monday the game was meant to educate the public on the evils of animal cruelty.

In an email to The Times signed by pitboss@kagegames.com, an official for Kage Games said proceeds from the game would benefit animal rescue organizations and the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

The official did not give his real name, citing threats of violence by animal rights activists, and said critics "are entirely missing the point."

"We are in fact animal lovers ourselves," the email said. "This is our groundbreaking way to raise money/awareness to aid REAL dogs in need, execute freedom of expression, and serve as a demonstration to the competing platform that will not allow us as developers to release software without prejudgment."

The president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Paul M. Weber, said he was unswayed by the company's defense and believes the game should be taken off the market and the creators fired.

Weber called the game "absolutely sickening" and said it was "absolutely the wrong message to send to our children."

The Humane Society of the United States in conjunction with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick -- who served prison time on dogfighting-related charges -- released statements urging Android to drop Dog Wars from its applications, calling the game "a step backward."

The Dog Wars app for the Android smartphone operating system encourages players to "Raise your dog to beat the best" and allows players to 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 company's website notes that the game player has a "gun for police raids and can inject the dog with steroids."

"Pitboss" said the game is still being developed, and the company would be incorporating suggestions from both supporters and detractors "in an effort to create a more socially conscious app that provides a net benefit to dogs, as well as humans."


Dogfighting phone app called 'cruel,' 'sickening' by LAPD union chief

-- Andrew Blankstein
Twitter: @anblanx

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Pathetic!!! Pull the app ASAP!! Remove it!!!

Yeah, the made the game for altruistic reasons. What scuzzy liars.

Well, they certainly got enough attention, if altruism is the true reason.

However, emulating a Very Bad Thing with pixels to "raise awareness" and then make donations against such a cause in fact makes no sense. They should have a Police Bust and subsequent Rescue, Trial, and Rehabilitation levels if that's the case, to make it a fully-faceted game that really leaps out of the screen and comes to life for the players.

Though I'm a very big supporter of First Amendment rights, I am also human and thus sometimes a hypocrite. I don't typically think that games should be made unavailable based on their subject matter; this is my first exception, a switch made on a purely emotional basis, I will be the first to admit. I signed the petition, and sent an email to Google to flag the app.

For instructions on how to send complaints to Google to have this disgusting app removed, join our group here: https://www.facebook.com/Bandogwars

Oh please... educate people... c'mon. They think we're that stupid? Or perhaps their so un-intelligent to think we'll accept that?

Let me put it to you this way, that bulldog thing, thats thug culture. The same sub-cultural element that breeds the type of thugs that left that San Fran baseball with a split brain and STILL is in the hospital.

This is the type of company that loves to support that thug culture then, cowardly, distance themselves or try to twist around why they did that game. Look at the details of the game, there's even an anti-cop game choice... c'mon... and the music? Gang banger hip hop...

We either support this sub culture by glorifying its crimes or we choose to let them know that the rest of civilization won't tolerate idiocy.

Go ahead, don't post my comment moderator, its fine. At least YOU will know and thats enough for me. Talk it amongst your peers, colleagues or just delete it and never post it. Fine.

Come on, folks. I may have been born at night but I wasn't born last night. There's nothing even remotely educational about this app.

All they're doing is making money on the suffering of animals and promoting a heinous crime. Yes, it's virtual, but it's sending the wrong message. The only people who are going to play this game are the disgusting people who see nothing wrong with torturing and killing animals. If they have that much money to develop a useless, disgusting app, while claiming they're animal lovers, why don't they use that money to rehabilitate the dogs pulled from dog fighting rings? Or use it to shut down the rings? And: Shock collars? When I worked in a pet store, we refused to sell them.

This game is absolutely sickening, their response even more-so. I have flagged and reported it, and am on my way to write letters to both google and kagegames.

If this was the case, they want to 'help' dogs they are 'animal lovers themselves' they want to demote animal cruelty and promote 'kindness'... shouldn't the game be played from the cops point of view? Breaking up dog fights, arresting the sick, twisted, un-confident losers who are fighting the dogs? Then taking the years it takes to rehabilitate them from this horrendous act, which they call a "sport"?!.

It seems for every one step taken forward for pit bulls and seeing an end, or at least a decrease, in fighting dogs, there are three HUGE steps taken backwards. What the hell is wrong with people???

How could Android even consider offering the app; how pathetic. and the creators of the 'game' are sub-human.

Nothing educational here, pull this app. Renaming your 'game' then lying about its purpose is not a good business model.


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