Dog Wars

Judging from our inbox this morning, more than a few of you have discovered the Dog Wars app. We'd been hoping it would slink back into the depths from which it slithered, but such is not to be the case.

Dog Wars, which some sort of horrific canine RPG, is doing its best to stoke the fires, announcing itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE IPHONE APP STORE!!!" And you know what? Apple's App Store is better off for it. The developer, Kage Games, also wants you to know that "if you have a bug up your butt about the game concept, remember:"

  1. It is just A VIDEO GAME
  2. Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can't understand fantasy role play games
  3. 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 (looking at you XDA Developer Forums... deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
  4. Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
  5. 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.
  6. This is listed as a HIGH MATURITY app, and does NOT violate the Terms of Use with the Google market in any way!!!

A few of the one-star comments left in the Market:

  • "This represents the truly revolting world of dog fighting, dogs are still stolen daily for fights. Remove it now!" - Alex
  • "Hope you people get prison time for making this app." - devon
  • "This is pretty awful... Downloaded this just to say how very wrong this is, both in real life and in fantasy." - nonfinite

And a couple of e-mails we've received:

  • "This is so sick I can't believe it! Have you people learned nothing from
    Michael Vick???? Way to encourage this disgusting violence against innocent animals.....studies indicate that most serial killers who hurt animals move on to people. This is SICK. WTF android????!!!!!" - Diane
  • "I cannot believe that you as a leader in this industry would promote dog
    fighting with an app!! Dog wars should be removed from the android market! This is very disappointing for me and many others to see that Android would do this!" - Dawn

We're not sure if the 50,000-250,000 download mark is because people downloaded the free beta just to leave 1-star comments (let's hope so), or if it's really that popular (let's hope not). But we do know this: If we were Google, we'd probably find some sort of term of use that Kage Games has broken -- or invent a new one -- and fast, and get this sort of thing out of the Market.

Download links are not after the break. Here, however, is the the developer's e-mail address: pitboss@kagegames.com. Let 'em know how you feel. And tell 'em we sent ya.

 
There are 337 comments

Kegman says:

I'm pissed android central attempted to make my decision for me by not linking the link to dl it. Really? then dont post the article because I would have never heard about this bad game in the first place.

You ppl are retarded for being offended by a rpg. Reasons posted already. Heres a link to torture a fish this offensive to you? http://arcadevoid.com/play/torture-a-fish

foxpacific says:

I got this...

Link to the Android Market app:
http://goo.gl/6ZbQY

JeffDenver says:

Thanks. I downloaded it just on principle. I probably never would have cared about this app if people hadnt thrown such a hissy fit about it.

onixblack says:

I love how people are disgusted about a GAME that you train a dog to fight. However those same people play Call of Duty, HALO, and every other violent game in existence. I am in no way condoning dog fighting or the creation of this game, but when we can play games like UFC undisputed and train a fake human being to fight other humans until they are either unconscious or to the point that their arm is being ripped off its socket (Arm Bar) and the player have very little problem with it... what gives you the right to comment on a dog fighting game that is created for a certain demographic. What changes when you change the subject from a FAKE human to a FAKE dog. Now if this were real dogs than I would have a problem with it, however, its not. This person is in no way hurting another person or animal by creating this game, and it falls under their right create the game.

I know I'm going to get very negative ratings for this comment but lets not fool ourselves. This person had the right to make the game, and if you don't like it than don't download it. Don't just download it to give it a bad rating or a negative comment, just don't download it.

bacalao says:

Sorry for not reading the novel of comments, but really the author wants censorship? Don't like it, cowboy the f*ck up and dont download it! Simple right. I hate dog fighting and would bitch slap Micheal Vick if I saw him, but that's no reason to censor a video game. Hell, in that case take every violent or objectionable app/game away. Be consistent.

GQ50 says:

LMAO!! IT'S A VIDEO GAME PEOPLE!! If you like it don't download it..wow!

Isabellashr says:

I think dogs should be fighting cats and progress to larger and larger cats, and/or more cats at a time.

El Snirk says:

Dear people who can't have it that we have a free market on Android:

Go get yourself an iPhone.

menzoom says:

I am against training dogs to fight, but . . .

I've played the free beta version out of curiosity. During the "dogfight" there is no actual fight, just a bar indicating if your dog is winning or losing, so most of the violence is in the imagination of the user. The training sessions are mostly tedious. Offering more breed choices (like the chihuahua someone earlier mentioned or how funny would a shit-zu be?) and even a cat or two would change the perception of the game to one of comic satire of an unfortunately cruel real life practice.

I do find it disturbing that the choice of Avatars have only one white guy, this seems a little racist to me, only ethnic guys, thugs and one football player host dog fighting rings?

I'm pretty sure that flinging birds at pigs to kill them is illegal, stealing cars and beating hookers to death are also illegal, but we have made these two of the most popular games on the market. Furthermore, dealing drugs is also illegal but Dope Wars has been around as long as smart phones have, I've had a version on my phone since the nineties.

You could have used the same programming to create a game called "Dog Show" where we train, groom and feed the dogs for a show then compete them against other dogs to see which is best in show. . . but, who would care?

All of this publicity will only feed the monster and more people will try this game out, so I applaud the creators for a smart marketing move.

syphex says:

This developer has all the right in the world to create this game. Just like you have all the right to not download it and ignore it. This is what makes a free country people!

crazace says:

Its a FN game get over it! No different then Call of duty, GTA, Killzone, or any other game that you have to kill PEOPLE or aliens!! A GAME!!!! No one is saying its ok to fight dogs just as no one is saying its ok to kill people!! Oh did I mention... I have a dog and I love him. He is a Welsh Corgi and would never fight him. Now If I had a VAMPIRE I just might let him/het fight in vampires live or if I had a zombie I would kill him/her. You haters make me sick! Its a god damn GAME!!!

Rigelian says:

Wait a minute isn't labeling some as spam a request for censorship? I mean just because you don't find the social commentary interest or useful doesnt mean that someone else doesn't find it useful. Why would you want people to see such commentary?

JeffDenver says:

The rating section isnt the place for social commentary though...thats his point. Its purpose is not to provide you a platform to complain about dogfighting.

Thats why it is spam...because it doesnt belong there. Rating the game as 1 star is not going to motivate google to remove it anyway, nor is it likely to convince the author he's wrong. So it is kinda pointless anyway.

t0ked says:

Wow. People need to calm down. It's a game. I play CoD. It doesn't mean I'm going to go out and join the military. I played Grand Theft Auto. It doesn't mean I'm going to go steal a car. Is the game in poor taste, yes. Should it be banned from the market place? Hell no. If it wasn't for this article, I would have never known the game even existed.

Ever hear of "bad publicity is better than no publicity"? Stop downloading and visiting the web pages. If you disagree with the product, vote with your wallet and stop giving the company what they are after, notoriety and publicity. Don't you guys know how this country works?

Where was the outcry when all the shooting games and those depict war and human atrocities were released? I'll be the first one to speak out against animal cruelty, but priorities people...

t0ked says:

I've read the majority of comments to this article and I'm happy to see that the majority of AC readers seem to have a brain. Free market place, that's why I have an Android. If you don't like it, don't buy/download it. To the others who seem to be screaming less government involvement but support removing or censoring this app.... Have you listened to yourself? Wake up.

Knoxx216 says:

I'm sure no dogs were harmed in the making of this app. Stop crying.

maddonna says:

Any real man would have better things to do than sit around playing this lame game - he'd probably be out mowing the GD lawn, fixing some kind of car issue, making time with is honey, doing something more mature and constructive than GAME PLAYING some animal torture - wowie, I feel so COOL! GEBZUZ GROW THE *&^% UP GUYS! A real man is not a GUY, either. SHEESH...it's so lame! Do you even SEE what you look like? It's a tad autoerotic to sit around with your DOODs PLAYING RPG games...STOOPID.

nheltman says:

I think all of the games that involve violence and killing people or animals should go away and I think we should start with the Dog Fighting App. Why don't we all go outside and have some nice fun instead of perpetuating the violence that is endemic to our culture.

JeffDenver says:

Hmm...now where did I put that "slippery slope". I know it is around here somewhere...

"I think all of the games that involve violence and killing people or animals should go away and I think we should start with the Dog Fighting App."

Oh, there it is.

Today its the dogfighting app. Tomorrow it is Quake or Wolf 3D or whatever their phone app equivalents are. Where does it stop?

rinnr1 says:

I get what the developer is saying it's a RPG.. Killing hookers in Grand Theft Auto is fine but this is over the line.. Don't get me wrong this APP disgusts me as a dog owner, people who condone and are apart of dog fighting rings are the lowest of the low and deserve harsh and swift justice IMHO..

But I think people arguing in this are missing the point.. Hunting a Deer is "hunting" dog fighting is "Fighting" where people beat and abuse and starve these dogs to create a persona that will make them money. Hunting a wild animal is completely different it's going up against an animal in it's natural habitat if you want to compare dog fighting to something else compare it to Bull Fighting. Where they beat starve and wound the animal before the matador ever meets him.

The people who developed this app want this.. The more people who download and give it a bad rating feed their ego and give them more notoriety.. Best thing you can do is if you don't like ignore it and let it slip into obscurity.

Side note: Apples approving apps in their market has it's perks and it's downfalls. Google I think should screen apps going into their market for malicious content and possible viruses but not go as far as Apple approving based on their own opinions..

David R#AC says:

"Get over it". "Get a life". "Don't download it if you don't like it". All stupid cluck replies expected of irresponsible idiots who haven't a clue to what they are talking about because they think it is geared toward them. Look, you selfish, self-centered, self- involved, me-oriented junkies - guess what? It has nothing to do with that fact that YOU might understand that it's just a game and YOU would not make it part of your reality, but there are so many stupid, ignorant people out there in this world who would take this and believe that it makes it okay and acceptable. And it's NOT. We all know that dog fighting is for less-than-men with small penises that are too afraid to fight with a real man because they know they are nothing but cowardly nothings on this earth, but not everyone is that smart. There is a great many people who are are dumb, uneducated sheep and will take something like this as an approval of such behavior. So when you can speak for all people, therefore take responsibility for all people’s actions, then maybe I would take your asinine remarks seriously.

With the release of this game, about 1,000 more live pit bulls will be beaten, body-slammed, dunked in water and electrocuted, forced to walk on treadmills all day long, hung by their necks, drowned, thrown away as garbage and euthanized and 1,000 more dogs stolen from families from Poodles to Scotties to Shepherds to Pugs to Chihuahuas will be mauled and torn apart as bait dogs.

So take some responsibility instead of your flippant, idiotic comments of "It's Just a Game!" or go bury your face in a game where it belongs and shut your worthless pie hole.

El Snirk says:

Do you act as responsible when it comes to games where humans get killed?

JeffDenver says:

LOL, owned.

Three pages and I have not seen a single response to that argument. Apparently beating a hooker to death with a tire iron is a lot less offensive than dogfighting.

TheMan876 says:

Phil is the ultimate Troll!

dougeetx says:

Dang people! Get over it. I don't see anything wrong with the game or in real life. LONG LIVE MICHAEL VIC!!!!

bigmama73#AC says:

SEE IT'S IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT MAKES THIS APP A BAD IDEA! YOU SAY THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH FIGHTING DOGS IN A VIDEO OR REAL LIFE? HOW ABOUT I TAKE YOU AWAY FROM EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER LOVED PUMP YOU WITH STEROIDS, ILLEGAL DRUGS AND STARVE YOU? THEN MAKE YOU FIGHT TO THE DEATH AND IF YOU DON'T DO MY BIDDING I'LL BEAT YOU, SHOCK YOU WITH A SHOCK COLLAR OR CATTLE PROD, IF THAT DON'T WORK I'LL PULL ALL YOUR TEETH OUT AND BREAK YOUR ARMS AND LEGS TO USE YOU FOR BAIT WHILE SOME OVER BOUND MUSCLE MAN BEATS YOU TO A BLOODY PULP. YOU SICK, SADISTIC PRICK HOW COULD YOU SAY IT IS OK YOU ARE WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD.

LET'S JUST SAY IF ANYONE EVER TRIED TO STEAL MY PIT BULL AND FIGHT IT THEY WILL WISH THEY HADN'T! I HOPE YOU FIND THE TIME FOR SOME COUNSELING AND GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT.

BY THE WAY JUST SO THERE IS NO CONFUSION THIS IS TO YOU DOUGEETX.

used#AC says:

I usually am not for banning apps from the android market but this goes too far.

Where does the buck stop on developing apps for things that are clearly wrong in this world? Should we allow someone to develop a concentration camp app? The goal being to hold Jewish people against their wills, sadistically torture and experimenting on them, and murder them?

How about an app for the slave trade? Capture natives from Africa and then put them to work on plantations in America?

Or here is another great one. Let's create and app to become a serial rapist. Fill in your own idea for the game.

How about a sex trade app?

Get my point? There has to be a line drawn in the sand for this kind of stuff.

I've owned dogs all my life. I've played COD and GTA. I don't recall torturing an individual (kenneling them), pumping them full of steroids, and training them to kill other people? Then if they don't perform sticking a cattle prod up their ass, hanging them, or drowning them. Or how about stealing other people's dogs to use as bait dogs. Maybe purchase a free puppy to be brutally slaughtered by a fighting dog.

The people at XDA-developers have shown tact and banned this developer from the forums. Google should have tact and ban this from the market. Google is a private company and can ban apps. They have and are banning apps everyday.

This is my opinion.

An avid android user.

JeffDenver says:

So beating a hooker to death in GTA is ok, but this game goes too far? Are you for real?

r-nice says:

Some of the things you people get fired up over. All this is just drawing more attention to the game.

Where was all this uproar when Mafia Wars was released?

I'll wait.

protaganis says:

Look, I'm all for free speech and allowing people to freely create their "works of art". But I'm also a realist.
If you have a problem with a company's creations,use the one vote you have that truly matters, VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY! Don't buy the product, don't get the trial. Force them to change their marketing strategy and products to something socially acceptable, or die on the vine. It's a win-win strategy and has been proven over time to work.

trenen says:

That's not how liberals think. Their concept of free speech and freedom of expression is allowing their opinions and expression, but block and censor everything and anyone that doesn't agree with them. They don't believe in voting with the wallet, they believe in voting with censorship and force, as made obvious by many comments on here.

Mayzie#AC says:

As a dog and animal lover I am absolutely disgusted with this app, what moron thought this was a good idea, showing dog fighting, it just puts ideas in sadistic peoples minds and the dogs suffer for it.
Dogs are loyal companions and should be treated that way, to hurt them or even think of doing it makes me sick, KAGE you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for even thinking this was a good idea, doesn't bode well for your company. I for one will boycott any company involved in this, I cannot beleive this is still up and running, and no, this is not just a GAME!

Boycott Kage Games and their resellers.

Your illiterate if you relate this to the real world...get off your high horse and enjoy this amazing game....please email me the game since I deleted it on accident...for everyone else...ill imagine its you im taking out in gang wars or Nadia wars

bigmama73#AC says:

I AM VERY UNFAMILIAR WITH ANY OF THESE VIOLENT GAMES AND I HAVE TEENAGERS THAT WOULD NEVER THINK ABOUT PLAYING ANY OF THEM. NOT BECAUSE I TELL THEM ITS NOT OK BUT BECAUSE I HAVE INSTILLED GOOD MORAL VALUES INTO EACH OF THEM.

I AM A PIT BULL OWNER AND HAVE SAVED SEVERAL FROM SOME BAD SITUATIONS. I KNOW HOW LOYAL AND KIND THESE DOGS CAN BE IF GIVEN THE CHANCE WITH THE RIGHT OWNER. AS FOR A DOGS LIFE BEING MORE IMPORTANT THAN A HUMANS NOT EVEN, BUT THAT IS A 2 WAY STREET.

HUNTING IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM FIGHTING AN ANIMAL. MANY PEOPLE DEPEND ON NATURE FOR THEIR FOOD AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME. EVERYONE GOES THROUGH A ROUGH TIME IN THEIR LIVES AND HAS TO EAT MEAT THAT WAS HUNTED. IF YOU SAY YOU NEVER HAVE JUST ASK YOUR PARENTS I PROMISE THERE WAS A TIME YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE EATING A BEEF STEAK AND IT WAS VENISON. BY THE WAY AN HONEST QUESTION FOR YOU. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN RAISING COWS, PIGS, ETC. AND WATCHING THEM GO TO SLAUGHTER JUST TO BE PUT BACK ON YOUR DINNER PLATE, AND GOING IN THE WOODS TO FIND A DEER THAT HAS HAD A LONG HAPPY LIFE OF FREEDOM TO PUT A SINGLE SHOT IN ITS HEAD AND THEN PUTTING IT ON YOUR DINNER PLATE? AT LEAST THE DEER NEVER SUFFERED!

AS FOR ABORTION NOT COOL NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. EVEN THOUGH ITS A FETUS ITS STILL A LIFE AND IF YOU DON'T WANT IT ADOPT IT OUT. I AM A MOTHER OF 4 BY THE WAY. ALL ACTIONS HAVE EQUAL CONSEQUENCES, IF YOU LAY AND PLAY TAKE CARE OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. EVEN IF THAT MEANS GIVING IT UP FOR ADOPTION. FOR THE ONES THAT ARE RAPED AND CONCEIVE A BABY THAT'S DIFFERENT IT WASN'T A CHOICE THAT IS THE ONLY REASON FOR ABORTION.

AS FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID CHILDREN ARE NOT EVIL.... IS IT EVIL FOR A GROUP OF THREE GIRLS, AGES 13 AND 14, TO KILL A RETIRED TEACHER BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT SHE HAD MONEY ON HER PERSON? WELL IT IS A REALITY I KNOW THE GIRLS. HOW ABOUT THE 13 YR OLD THAT KILLS HER PARENTS BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T LET HER GO TO THE MALL? SOUNDS EVIL TO ME.

AS FOR THE DEATH PENALTY I'M SWAYED, I WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT AN EYE FOR AN EYE, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS GUILTY OF THE CRIME THEY ARE CONVICTED OF. IF THERE WAS A FOOL PROOF WAY TO PROVE THEY COMMITTED THE CRIME THEN I SAY HANG THE MURDERER, UNTIL THEN LET THEM ROT IN PRISON.

AS FOR WAR SOMETIMES IT'S A NECESSITY TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND INNOCENT PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. SHOULD IT BE GLORIFIED THROUGH A VIDEO GAME? I SAY NO.

NOW FOR THE SUBJECT OF THIS CONTROVERSY, THE APP CALLED DOG WARS. I THINK IT AND ALL OTHER VIOLENT GAMES SHOULD BE BANNED. THAT'S JUST MY OPINION AND YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT, BUT AT LEAST I AM CONSISTENT IN ALL OF MY VIEWS.

frazel2 says:

You should be disgusted in promoting Dog Fighting. Anyone involved in promoting or using dogs to fight should be charged to the fullest. Your company should be ashamed to have these dog fighing games APPS SICK SICK SICK One question did you hire Michael Vick?

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