The controversial dogfighting app which disappeared from the Android Market after taking a lot of heat from Michael Vick and the Humane Society is back and better than ever. Now renamed KG Dogfighting, the game is available for $4.99 and this time the developer is claiming a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations.
If you missed it last time, the game allows players to raise a virtual pet dog and then feed, water, train and fight your dog against other players. The latest update includes new features like advanced dog training levels, more items to train dogs with (including an array of whips), allowing users to buy and use a variety of drugs, and new guns for trainers to use in shootouts with “F.E.T.A.” (a fictional law enforcement agency).
The developer told FoxNews.com, “For those who have questioned our intentions with this app, we have introduced the enforcement agency ‘F.E.T.A.’ to teach our users there are consequences to dog fighting in real life.”
In the Market description, the developer responds to the critics by saying, “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.” They go on to praise Google’s open policies. “What makes the Google Android platform special is it gives the freedom and responsibility to the individual users to decide what to put on their phones as opposed to the phone carriers and app stores making value judgments on our behalf.”
In a rather humorous way the developer reminds all the haters that:
- It is just A VIDEO GAME
- Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or betta fish wars for people who can’t understand fantasy role play games
- Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
- 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.
I went ahead and purchased KG Dogfighting just to see what all the fuss is about (and to support animal rescue hah). After I spend some time with the game I’ll update this post with my thoughts, but it currently has a 4-star rating so others must be enjoying it.
Where do you stand on dogfighting apps? Does this game encourage animal cruelty or does it have a “net benefit to dogs”, as the developer says?