Supposedly, there is some debate about whether or not violence in video games is linked to violence in real life. Google it, and you’ll get a range of reports ranging from “there is no link” to “omg, of course there is.”
In an article called “Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions,” Craig A. Anderson, PhD, took it on for the American Psychological Association. His findings? In summary, “Studies provide converging evidence that exposure to media violence is a significant risk factor for aggressive and violent behavior.” He goes on to say, “Violent video games are significantly associated with: increased aggressive behavior, thoughts, and affect; increased physiological arousal; and decreased prosocial (helping) behavior.”
Violent video games are a risk factor for real-life violence.
Okay. So, why would “Don’t be evil” Google allow a dog fighting app on their Android platform?
In the “Dog Wars” app, gamers train and fight dogs. According to Change.org, “This app makes a game out of dog fighting — celebrating cruelty against animals and contributing to the attitude that there’s nothing wrong with using animals in bloodsports.”
Dog fighting isn’t a game. It’s a violent, bloody, cruel crime. A felony, in fact.
Already pit-bull-type dogs are mired in a vicious circle: News breaks about a fight/bite/whatever, and people who want a “bad ass” dog are inspired to get a pit bull. They don’t train or care for the dog as a family pet, and eventually the dog bites someone. The media report the story, inspiring the next guy to get a pit bull to look tough/protect his stash/whatever.
These dogs are already fighting for their lives. They’re fighting against breed-discriminatory legislation and fighting against irresponsible owners, breeders, and – of course – dog fighters.
This game will only fuel that fight.
As the APA article stated, there is a link between violence and violent video games. It stands to reason, then, that these dogs will suffer further at the hands of the “gamers” who find dog fighting fun.
Google: Ditch this app. We want to believe in you and your “Don’t be evil” motto. But it’s up to you to back up your words with action.
Because right now, this is making them look pretty evil.
What can you do? Two simple steps: