I don't know if anyone has heard of this new app that was released for the Android, but it's striking quite the controversy: Dog fighting app causing controversy | abc7.com
This app allows you to train and raise your own fighting dog and play against other players who are doing the same. Dog fighting is outlawed in all 50 states, so it's not really surprising people are getting worked up over it. Personally, I am against dog fighting and I don't think this app should be released.
But what got me thinking was about something deeper than just a dog fighting issue. Why, I am asking, are people making a huge deal over one dog fighting app while there are hundreds if not thousands apps that display violence against the human race? Combat games are easily the most bought and played games in society today.
Taken from the article: "It sends the wrong message to our kids, that this is acceptable behavior and it should be emulated," Weber said. "That this is something to be emulated or respected is really repugnant."
Is sending the message that killing people is OK? Should we be teaching our kids that murder is all right? Because nobody makes a big deal over games promoting the kill of human beings. People say kids/teens know that killing virtual people is much different than killing real people and there is no risk involved. If that's the case, why are people worried about this new dog fighting app?
So my question is: Should we be paying more attention to games promoting violence toward humans? Is it ok that thousands of games display blood, gore, and hate against people are being overlooked while one little dog fighting app is getting all this attention? Is there something wrong here, or does the dog fighting app cover a completely different controversy?
I'd to love your hear your thoughts on it.