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Just as Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old homeless serial killer in California (see The Pavement February issue), pleads ‘not guilty’ to murder and has two extra charges bought against him, an American software company are marketing an Android phone app called HoboHunt.
The controversial new game allows players to (virtually) hunt down rough sleepers and attack them. Those with the game on their smart phone are encouraged to take photographs of rough sleepers, which are then uploaded into the game where the player can shoot at them. The app is only available on android phones because Apple are rejected it several times as an iPhone app.
As reported in the Huffington Post, the game’s designer, Joel Usher, claims to have been inspired by a friend who took pictures of homeless people to send to friends, whilst pretending to hunt them.