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“Dog Wars” is back as “KG Dogfighting”

After a brief hiatus due to copyright infringement concerns, “Dog Wars” — the controversial game app for Android smartphones — is back on the online marketplace, where it’s being offered under the new name of “KG Dogfighting.”

Google’s Android Market website began offering the renamed app Saturday. While originally available for free, it’s now listed at $2.99.

A Google representative said the application was removed last week ”based on a trademark infringement complaint” but did not say at the time whether it would be sold again if those issues were resolved, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The game application allows players to raise and train a virtual pit bull to fight other virtual dogs, garnering streed “cred” and “money in your pocket,” according to its developers.

Among those who have filed complaints about the application with Google is the president of Los Angeles police officer’s union.

In the letter sent to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber urged Google “to do the right thing and ban this game permanently.”

“The game teaches users how to breed, train, fight, medicate and kill virtual dogs,” Weber wrote. “The entire concept is repulsive and sickening.”

Animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have voiced concerns about the game and urged it be removed from the market.

Kage Games, the creators of the Dog Wars application, said in an email to The Times that the game was meant to educate the public on the evils of animal cruelty.

Comments

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time April 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Well, it will be interesting to see if Google affords the police union president the courtesy of a reply. They certainly haven’t sent me one.

Comment from Vixxy
Time April 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Educate the public on the evils of animal cruelty… who the heck do they think they are fooling? Seriously… it’s just disgusting!

Comment from ariana
Time April 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This is pitiful those who condone animal cruelty and think that a game is different. The game like other violence on TV is an affirmation that it is okay to kill; these animals and animals in general, for pure sport and no empathy for other life. All life want to live and seeks happiness. I am due for an upgrade on my phone. before this I was going to get an android. No-Way. This would be the same if it were kids killing each other. Animals are helpless. not only is this sport illegal, so promoting it this way should be the same. All violent behavior causes harm. It is wrong to harm others. It is not Rocket science this is wrong.

Comment from Lyndsey
Time April 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

this is f***ing sick!!!!!!!

Comment from howard curtis
Time April 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

you`d think that they would have taken it off the market because it is VIRTUALLY INHUMANE and left it off instead of selling their souls for $2.99.

Comment from jake
Time April 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

how dare someone make such a sick and offensive game

Comment from bmore pug mom
Time May 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Here’s the link to sign the petition asking Google to remove the app! Please take 2 minutes and sign!

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-android-to-block-dog-fighting-app

Comment from DeaDGoD
Time May 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Do you people realise the more you talk about this game (even if you are calling it sick and evil) the more you help sell the game? Do you also know that instead of banning this game you could be better spending your time educating people on the difference between video games and real life, instead of just assuming that the people playing these games are too dumb to know the difference?

Comment from CDeasnutz
Time May 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

You F**cking people are such a comedy act.. you let your kids play all the new ps3 and xbox 360 new and realistic violent games but you complain about a virtual dogfighting app. C’mon get a life.. you so called “Animal Activist” can give two shits about the breed of these dogs, your all just band wagon jumpers with nothing better to complain about this week.. do you worry about how many kills your kid have on Black Ops and going out to buy a gun to see if he’s really that good at shooting other people? The same applies to this app.. if its not for you don’t download it, but don’t promote it with your closed minded thoughts.. i’d rather have them fight and kill virtual dogs than then real ones!!!!

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