Michael Vick slams Google’s new Dog Wars App

I have been highly critical of Michael Vick in the past, but I do have the capacity to forgive.  If he continues to act responsibly, as he is doing here, using his fame to influence negative applications such as this, I may adjust my thinking, albeit slightly.

Here is the story summary:

Michael Vick is growling about the new “Dog Wars” app for Google’s Android phone. Created by Kage Games, the app allows users to feed, water, dope, train, and fight virtual dogs in bloody battles. “Train your dog to beat the best,” says the website for the app, featuring a pit bull with a bloody muzzle, reports the AP. “I’ve come to learn the hard way that dog fighting is a dead-end street,” the Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback says in a statement posted on the Humane Society’s website. “Now I’m on the right side of this issue. It’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

A Kage Games statement on the website quips: “It is JUST 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. Just because something is illegal in real life does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it.” A Kage Games rep tells the LA Times, “We are in fact animal lovers ourselves,” and calls the app “our groundbreaking way to raise money/awareness to aid REAL dogs in need.” The head of the Los Angeles police union is also calling for the game to be yanked because it encourages “sickening cruelty and immoral behavior.” Google has not yet responded.

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10 Responses to Michael Vick slams Google’s new Dog Wars App

  1. Mauigirl

    April 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    well, that does help change my opinion of him a bit as well. Very interesting.

  2. lazersedge

    April 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    And I am with him on this. Let the damn mechanized droids fight all they want but leave the animals out of it. Vick is holding up his end of the bargain so far, we certainly don’t want to put the idea in the heads of people that the real thing might be fun.

  3. jenny40

    April 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with you Lazer the animals have no business being represented as toys. As to Mike VIck I still hate him and always will. I also think he SHOULD be doing things like this.

  4. SagaciousHillbilly

    April 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Mr. Vick has been a strong advocate of the anti-dog fighting faction ever since he was arrested and then came to Jesus on the issue.
    I think he grew up with dog fighting and never realized how horrid it really was until it was pointed out and made clear to him. I like people who can realize their past mistakes and then become advocates against their former wrong doings. It indicates good thinking.

  5. Sloane Quealy-Miner

    April 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Please READ, SHARE, and ACT. Please continue emailing and flagging DOG WARS! We need to keep up the pressure so they remove this devastating game. Thank you

    Please click link

    http://bslnews.org/2011/04/26/the-war-against-dog-wars-the-fight-against-the-android-application-goes-viral/

  6. Luis

    April 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This is pretty honerable for Michael Vick to step up on this issue and win trust, but come on. About 1/3 of games available now are shooters. Nobody is saying go shoot somebody. Michael Vick didn’t HAVE TO fight dogs. He chose to. All the shooters I play aren’t going to influence me to kill people. Pulling this app goes against our freedom of speech that keeps changing everyday because of over sensitive people. If you feel its a horrible game. Don’t get it. But don’t start an uproar about a video game.

  7. Barbara Russo

    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    If you have to amuse yourself with sick games such as this than you are a freaking twit. I call it games for the ignorant! I am strongly opposed to this and I make no bones about it. If I ever catch one of my grandchildren with something like this I will trash it, fortunately they have parents that will do it before I get the chance.
    As far a Michael Vick, he can go to hell for all I care.

    PS….Thank you MM for the attention you have brought to this matter. Hopefully we can stop this!

  8. Meg

    July 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I am aware that this is a reasonably old article… however it makes my blood boil a little. 1. Vick did not spend one day in gaol/jail for animal cruelty abuse etc. Also please note – Vick has said if he wasn’t caught he would still be doing it to this day. He has said his biggest regret is his gaol/jail sentance – and after his apology (mostly aimed at his fans, falcons coach, the falcons, NFL nad his sponsors)he has said “its not my fault”. The man shows no true regret or remorse for what he has done and quite frankly if anything is saying what he knows need to be said to make people think he has reformed and hope his other comments don’t come to light.

    • Cheshire Cat

      July 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      I despise Vick but he did do jail time, about 6 months as I recall.

  9. jessica mmm

    August 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    amen jenny40!

    just because he’s saying it, doesn’t mean there’s an ounce of sincerity behind it. i’ll believe he means it when his voice and body language follow suit to what his PR agents are telling him to say.