Aug 13 AT 12:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 40 Comments

Dogfighting app returns to the Market, portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue orgs

KG Dogfighting

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, “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.
  • This is listed as a HIGH MATURITY app, and does NOT violate the Terms of Use with the Google market in any way!!!

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?


Via: Fox News

Source: Android Market

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  • SliestDragon

    I don’t know…I haven’t tried it, and never plan to try it. To me his “benefits” seem backwards. To me, this seems like if someone were to make an app that shows people how to make their own drugs, but is actually meant as a way to show the consequences of drug use… I don’t care how good the benefits supposedly are, the method is wrong…

    • pekosROB

      He should have had a game where you ARE the F.E.T.A. agent and you blow away bad guys who train dogs to fight… heh

  • Clark Wimberly

    while I certainly don’t like dogfighting, there is no way you can accept some of the other games in today’s market while condemning this one. it’s an age old debate, usually based around person-on-person violence, I’m not sure why dogs would change anything.

    • SliestDragon

      I guess one could argue that Humans have a choice to fight each other or not, where the dogs are innocent and where trained specifically to fight. I think about it more as, what if someone made a game where you trained pre-schoolers to fight?

      • Clark Wimberly

        again, I wouldn’t really rush out to play it, but I still don’t think its any worse than a game where you can mow down innocent people (with a gun or car).

        • Interpol91

          True. I love dogs and personally wouldn’t play this but this dogfighting game is no different than war games, hunting games, or any other game where a person can kill other people/animals.

          • Alan

            Ah, the old “We do a lot of other stupid stuff, so why not this stupid stuff.”

            Cultural advancement is a slow tortuous process. Lets not miss an opportunity to take a step forward.

          • Kamakoozie

            Alan, I do not disagree with you, but I think if we are going to take a step it should be for the sake of human beings, not animals. Let’s get our priorities straight.

        • AME

          I don’t really think those games/behaviors are really that good either. Just because we accept one bad behavior doesn’t mean we should be accepting of all bad behaviors.

          • pjax

            then why are we waving our hands in the air just now? shouldn’t have PETA stepped in back in the days of Duck Hunt?

  • inviolable

    That’s like legalizing your favorite street corner pharmacist as long as some of his profits go to the DEA.

  • Angie Strickland

    That pic sure is gross

  • Dirty_Azkals

    “A KFC franchise in Utah is asking customers to help fight diabetes – by purchasing an 800-calorie Mega Jug of sugary soda to wash down their meals. For every $2.99 half-gallon drink it sells, the chicken restaurant promises to give $1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).”

    -Yeah, don’t create something that goes against the core principles of the organization your trying to help. This app is just like the KFC promotion that backfired.

  • B. Rhodes

    That’s funny. I used the same arguments when my RPG game was taken down. In it, you’re a child rapist who uses a combination of candy, drugs and duct tape to lure 6-year-olds into your unmarked van. Then after you molest them, you chop up the child and have to hide the body parts from the CLEO (Child Law Enforcement Organisation).

    I also wonder why my other game, SimConcentrationCamp, was considered anti-Semitic. I mean, the ‘just a game’ defence should work here too? If I say I give proceeds to Jewish organisations, without ever having to prove that I do, that makes it okay, right?

    • mwaterous

      Almost exactly what I was coming here to say. Free Speech doesn’t mean take every opportunity possible to exercise your right to be an idiot.

      Maybe instead of pointing to all the other ridiculous games out there and crying ‘why can’t I if they can?’ we should be above supporting either.

    • Kamakoozie

      Wow, are you really comparing those to a dogfighting game? Are you honestly trying to make a logical connection between these things?

      Do you really not see how asinine that is?

      • B. Rhodes

        Yes I am, and no I don’t.

  • Fingerpie

    Well done sir! I have just deleted your rss feed from my g reader.

    I am a firm beliver in free expression and hate content censorship however as there are assholes out there that actually do this barbaric past time it isn’t in good or funny taste. Gerbil wars would be good tongue-in-cheek fun but dog fighting is for scum

    • DB

      Wait, I’m confused. You deleted him from your feed because he reported on this? Really? Wow you showed him. While I don’t agree with dog fighting, I like this article for what it was.

  • Sarah Gonzalez

    I agree with B. Rhodes and sliest dragon.
    How exactly does animating shootouts with drug enforcement officers teach that there are consequences to your actions? If you shoot and kill the officers and you continue with your crime what exactly are the consequences? The consequences should be your own moral mind and the guilt you should feel. There is no fun in torturing (aka training) a dog into fighting for it’s life. Not to mention killing a living, loving creature because it fails to turn a profit for you.

    If you are not outraged, you aren’t paying attention.

  • Tony

    We posted on this at OMGDroid as well. This app is horrible in my opinion. I’m an avid dog lover, so it really hits a sore spot for me

    • Kamakoozie

      I’m an avid people lover, so CoD and Battlefield really hit a sore spot for me. Just don’t buy the thing and stop posting about it because that helps other people discover it and potentially buy it.

      Not a difficult one to figure out, guy.

    • pjax

      would it change your mind if it was a cockroach fighting game instead? what about flies? roosters? surely that’s ok. it’s legal and all

  • Peter

    This app really brings out the stupidest comments. The last time it was on the market it was removed because the maker of a Facebook dog fighting app didn’t want his dog fighting app associated with a different dog fighting app. Not sure I see the logic of that. I tried it and then uninstalled it since it was crap. Even worse than Cityville. If people didn’t constantly promote it by saying how the pixels are suffering the guy wouldn’t have made a penny from it.

  • Dan

    In Japan they have a virtual rape game… the developers there also think there’s nothing wrong with it.

  • MM

    I still don’t think it should be on there. They should listen to the pressure and just leave it off the market.

  • Ruben

    App not for you, then keep it moving. Just because you have a point of view, does not mean you should shove it down everyones throat. Your heart bleeds for virtual dogs, and that is stupid. I think I’m smart enough to know it is a game. You can make a game about anything, kids killing kids, clubbing baby seals for coins, or fighting virtual animals. What difference does it make. Oh my, kids need to be protected.You are all sissies. Go hug your bibles. Unknot all your conservitive, mind police, do it our way or feel the wrath panties. Unreal.

    • B. Rhodes

      Quick history lesson: in ancient Rome, the government used to have these big gladiatorial contests and feed Christians to lions and have games where criminals would be burned alive as a stadium of people laughed themselves silly. Scholars and archaeologists studying ancient Rome said that this was part of a social agenda to desensitise the public to suffering, mutilation and death so that they could wage war against other nations. When the public heard about the atrocities the Roman garrisons were committing and saw maimed soldiers staggering home, they were so desensitised to violence that it didn’t bother them, so the government had no difficulty continuing.
      The libertarian point of view depends upon an assumption that actions don’t have consequences. Sociopaths apparently think the same way. Unfortunately, actions do have consequences. The consequences often aren’t immediate or obvious, but they’re there. I personally want to live amongst people who are compassionate, kind and merciful. I can trust those people more than people who don’t see anything wrong with cruelty and brutality.

      • Kamakoozie

        These are pixels, dude.

        • B. Rhodes

          Desensitisation is desensitisation, no matter how it’s done. Despite anecdotal defences from gamers that they can tell the difference between pixels and real life, psychologists have linked violent games to violent behaviour.

  • Ratsel Fienschmeker

    I still think the silliest people in the thread are those that go “gerbils, insects, scorpions, spiders, whatever is okay, but dogs are not okay.”

  • Raghav

    this is possibly one of the most dumb things I’ve ever’s a game, it doesn’t encourage anything. you want it, good. you don’t want it, good. I wish I had an Android so I could get this

  • Kamakoozie

    I’m not saying I condone dog fighting in any way, because I don’t. But I see something wrong in the person who has more sympathy for an animal than for human life. If you’re going to have a problem with a game like this, then you’d better have a problem with games where players kill people too.

    Seriously, placing the concern for animals over the concern for human beings is kinda messed up.

    • crystal

      Alot of people are just pure evil and animals are loving,kind,always there for you no matter how you treat them.Animals are better than people.If I had to make a choice of running over a man or a dog,the man would be roadkill every time.

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  • DB

    @ Taylor Glad you wrote on this, I was curious what happened with this app. One request, I’m curious if you could figure out how much $$$ these guys are making. The description for the game says 5000+ downloads, and if at $5 a pop. Then they have two add-ons / in game cash at $10 (100+ downloads) and $20 (50+ downloads). And what “portion” do they plan on giving to animal rescue.

    That aside, it’s a game people. If you want to argue about something, argue how we as a society glorify those like the people on Jersey Shore.

  • MonsterSports

    I hate when people try to act like a “game” is horrible and discussing. First off its a game and when have games for the most part been leaning toward ethics. I can play Call of Duty and shoot people in the face. That doesn’t mean im going to go take a gun and shoot someone in the face and scream “Headshot”. Then 2nd its a paid app that means if someones underage plays this its the parents fault for buying it for them, and 99% of people realize that its a game not real life. Now i haven’t tryed this game, but it feels like a game like gang wars or something like that. Its a little game to pass time in a car at a doctors office etc.

  • mobile dog grooming Woonona

    You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  • Diana

    I would like to know who is holding this developer responsible for his stated intentions. When can we be made aware of the amount of money and the dogs he has actually helped/saved.Fantasy is fantasy and there’s a lot of evil fantasy’s produced on video/movies/games that we really can’t control. IF this app would save one dog, I wouldn’t be against it.

  • Garp

    Playing games in which people/animals are maimed and killed is no different to burning and effigy or kissing a photograph. Wittgenstein argued that when people do the latter they do not aim to achieve anything but just to gain satisfaction from the experience. People who enjoy dogfighting games do not want to fight dogs or see them injured/injuring anymore than people who play war games want to kill actual enemy combatants.

    However, there is the enjoyment of fighting dogs, killing men, etc. that takes place during the game. If you enjoy brutalizing dogs with whips, or blowing soldiers to pieces in the virtual world then that is what you enjoy. There’s no point saying ‘it is only a game’ that is not what is at issue. The discomfort others have is that people enjoy sadistic and brutal imaginings. It’s no different to enjoy Saw films, or Hannibal, or even the ‘cozy murders’ in shows like Murder She Wrote. Or possibly enjoying ‘cozy sex crimes’ in the rejected spin-off Rape She Wrote..