I wonder when Google's Android Market will unveil that fun-filled fantasy wife-beating app?
Sounds ridiculous, but is it that much of a stretch from the "Dog Wars" app now being offered in the search giant's mobile apps store?
Just as you have to be a sadistic moron to think wife-beating is acceptable, so too do you have to be a sadistic moron to find anything remotely entertaining about dogfighting, even in the virtual world.
No surprise that the company which developed the app, Kage Games, doesn't get it, but it's shocking that someone inside the Googleplex approved this idiotic app. (Update: A reader informs me that Android Market apps don't have to be approved.)
I won't provide a link to the offensive application in the Android Market or to Kage Games, but according to ESPN, "Dog Wars" is a cellphone app that "lets players feed, water, train and fight their virtual dogs against others."
ESPN writes that the Kage Games website "features an illustration of a pit bull with a bloody muzzle next to the 'Dog Wars' logo."
Isn't that so cool?
A website where the app can be downloaded stresses that it is only a video game. "Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can't understand fantasy role play games," it says.
Because who doesn't understand the wholesome "fantasy" fun of two dogs killing or maiming each other for the amusement of (almost) humans? It's positively Disneyesque!
The app has caught the attention of the Humane Society, which said, "Android should drop 'Dog Wars' from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice."
The group has enlisted the aid of the world's most famous ex-dogfighting fan, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who did time in prison for running a dogfighting kennel and who has since devoted himself to opposing animal cruelty. Here's a statement from Vick:
"I've come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it's important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app."
Google also needs to get on the "right side of this issue" and immediately pull the app from Android Market.