The computer game Dog Wars has been renamed KG Dogfighting and is now back on the Google Android Market website. A Google policy employee has been quoted as saying they remove games related to illegal activity, “Apps that are unlawful or are directly related to unlawful activity, we do take those down.” (Source: Care2.com)
Well, apparently not. Even when it was named Dog Wars, it reportedly was removed for copyright infringement, not because whomever is running Android Marketplace has enough integrity to do what is right. Aren’t the people at Google supposed to be smart?
The Android Market Dogfighting page overview page says, “Feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other players… action games, chatroom, many characters and dogs to choose from, virtual store, etc.”
A game that celebrates the illegal and very cruel practice of dogfighting has no sane or healthy purpose in our society. Care2.com has an online petition to have the game removed here. Also you can write a request to have an app removed from the Android Marketplace. You could also write a negative review on the Google Android site, but you must log-in first to do that.
A non-profit website from Common Sense media, which evaluates video games and movies to help parents know what is acceptable media for children says, “Text descriptions encourage players to “bring out [the dog's] killer instinct” and “give it a taste for blood.” Players can buy knives and guns to defend themselves; the developer’s help guide says the guns are for “fighting the police during a bust and they build street cred.” (Source: Commonsensemedia.org)
So far it appears there are only 13 reviews of the renamed Dogfighting game on Android, and it doesn’t seem to be popular. This number is very tiny compared with the cited statistic 400,000 new Androids are activated each day.
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