Images highlight games that allow players to pet dogs
There is nothing better than taking a break in the middle of a long adventure to pet an adorable dog. Canine companions can accompany players, aid them in combat, or simply serve as a pleasant break after a particularly difficult mission. In recent years, the ability of companion dogs has become a factor used to categorize and rate games alongside standards such as graphics quality and load times.
Founded in March 2019 by Tristan Cooper, the CanYouPetTheDog Twitter account regularly tweets announcements about whether or not you can pet dogs or dog-like creatures in various games. Many game developers were inspired to add the dog petting as a mechanic thanks to the popularity of the account. Newly pet dogs include Cerberus in Underworld and an unnamed puppy in Cross code. A Humble Bundle on the topic of dog petting was also made available in late 2020.
Now, online pet insurance resource Protect My Paws has created a series of images ranking the most pet friendly dogs in video games, including a console breakdown and an additional list of currently non-pet dogs with which players most want to interact with. Protect My Paws conducted their research by comparing the number of likes on various CanYouPetTheDog tweets, as well as reviews of those games on Steam that specifically refer to dogs.
According to the results of the study, the most popular companion dog overall is Polterpup, a ghostly dog that appears in both Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Luigi’s Mansion 3. The tweet discussing Polterpup in Luigi’s Mansion 3 received 124,729 likes, almost double that of any other tweet on the account. Polterpup is loved because of his mischievous personality, his genuine devotion to Luigi, and his reaction to petting, which involves licking Luigi’s face.
Protect My Paws’s research on which dogs players wanted to pet the most yielded surprising results. Players were more interested in petting Hell Hounds in Transmitted by blood, which can currently only be knocked back using weapons or the Pungent Blood in-game item. Other games with dogs that players hope to pet in the future include Genshin Impact, Among us, Eternal destiny, and Shadow of the colossus.
The console breakdown revealed that the most popular companion dog on PC comes from the aptly titled Dog petting simulator. Also popular was Far cry 6, in which players can pet dogs and crocodiles. Far cry 6, which features a paraplegic dachshund named Chorizo, rated number 1 for best dog petting on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. This is not surprising as Chorizo, like Polterpup, enthusiastically licks players after being petted.
Polterpup came first for the Nintendo Switch, with the Palamutes of Monster Hunter Rise, who can also react to player emotes, in second place. Other games with highly rated companion dogs included By the road, Enter the Gungeon, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
CanYouPetTheDog continues to regularly post Tweets regarding doggies to pet, as well as those that cannot yet be petted. It remains to be seen if this study will lead to the addition of dog petting in Bloodborne and other titles.
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Source: Protect my paws
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