Dog Wars for Android is a simple battle game in the Mafia Wars mold. Not only was it not very good, it also attracted so many complaints for its content that Google removed the game from the Android marketplace back in April.
Those determined to play the game can still download it from third party sites, however -- but there's a nasty surprise in store for them courtesy of some animal rights activists who hacked the game and inserted a mass text trojan. Those who play the modified version of the game will find their phone sends a text to all its stored contacts saying "I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that."
While the very idea of dog fighting is objectionable and distasteful to most people, it's worth considering the fact that many of the most popular games feature some sort of objectionable content -- and, as the long running argument goes, playing a shooter doesn't make you prone to going out and shooting real people unless you already have some deep-seated psychological problems anyway. So why should players of Dog Wars be targeted in such a manner? Fortunately those who object to the content of high profile, well known titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty haven't seen fit to force in a similar trojan broadcasting the player's love of inflicting pain on human beings. And the animal rights activists don't seem to know about Pokémon battling yet, either.
Perhaps the trojan in question should have instead sent a text saying "I take pleasure in playing very poor mobile games, just thought you should know that."
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Dog Fighting Mobile Game Hacked by Animal Rights Activists