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“Dog Wars” disappears, comes back

Has “Dog Wars” bitten the dust?

ABC4 in Salt Lake City says so. So does Best Friends, and All Things Digital.

But those reports were apparently based solely  on the dogfighting game app temporarily disappearing from the Android Marketplace, Google’s online store.

Like a bad case of hemorrhoids, it’s back.

Unconfirmed reports say the app was temporarily removed from Google’s online market over concerns about copyright infringement — as opposed to the formidable and still growing opposition being voiced about it by dog lovers and animal welfare organizations.

Developed by Kage Games, the free app allows players to train and fight pit bulls, accumulating money and “cred.”

It has been roundly criticized by, among others, the Humane Society of the United States, PETA, numerous state and local humane societies, actress Alicia Silverstone and football quarterback Michael Vick, who served 21 months in prison for operating a dogfighting ring.

The creators of Dog Wars, in response to criticism, have added some explanation to the Android Marketplace page on which the app is offered.

“We’ve heard thoughts from many dog and animal lovers about our app and first we, as dog owners and dog lovers ourselves, would like to thank you for your thoughts and for the work many of you do on behalf of our canine friends. We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.

“We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. Further, this is a satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting and we believe in the power of a modern media tool to educate and raise awareness of the real horrors.

“There are hundreds of games on the Google Android market as well as any other popular game platform which, if acted out in real life, would be illegal. 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 … Please remember that censorship is a very slippery slope.”

Comments

Comment from D
Time April 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I don’t see the game – you guys, if you’re going to post NEWS, you need to follow what’s going on at ALL TIMES. The game is gone, the only thing that you see when you do a search is the addon “Dog Bucks” – which tells me that the game could be coming back, but with a new name. Google removed the game because of copyright infringement on the name – “Dog Wars” is actually a fantasy RP that is featured on many social networks (ie; Facebook and Myspace) – not remotely like the horrific training guide Android app by the same name. Anyway, yes the game is down as we speak. No, Dog Bucks isn’t a new name, it’s an addon. And yes, we’ll probably see the atrocity training guide back up with a new name soon.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time April 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

D,
It was up again when we posted and, you’re right, it’s down again now. We’ll do our best to stay on top of it.
John/ohmidog!

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