9 awesome animals playing video games

Our amigos in the animal kingdom do the darndest things, don’t they? Rolling around in shit. Playing poker in iconic paintings. Whooping us at Wii tennis. What, you didn’t know your pets could totally annihilate your ass at games? If you need further proof just cast your peepers down below to see a variety of chimps, cats and dogs totally owning everything from Pac-Man to Metal Gear Solid. Hell, your gerbil’s probably working his way through Heavy Rain’s QTEs as we speak.

Chimp monkeys around with Pac-Man

Admittedly, our primate pal isn't very good at it, but c'mon, it's still a shitting monkey playing Pac-Man. His lack of opposable thumbs means he's unlikely to break many high scores. But he's clearly a keen games enthusiast, and that makes our chimp chum OK in our book. In fact, we've already contacted his representatives to see if he fancies penning a few features for the site.

Bulldog skates like a pro in Tony Hawk: Ride

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… eh, or in this case an extreme sports-appreciating bulldog, is an idiot.  Alright, so his owner is clearly playing the game for him with another board. But with keen senses, boundless enthusiasm and awesome paw-eye coordination, this pooch still shames everyone who’s ever twisted their ankle while trying to ollie like a twat in Ride. So everyone in the Radar offices, then.

Cat vs. dog in the ultimate Wii grudge match

Yeah, we probably shouldn't be laughting at this, should we? Not only does the cat seem to be in extreme discomfort at having a Wiimote strapped to it, the unfortunate feline also looks like it's having its paw pulled by string by some bastard hiding behind the sofa. Still, that dog totally hands tabby its tail. Just sayin'.

Parrots get vocal with EndWar

Polly deserves a whole cracker factory after this stellar performance. We knew the Robin Williams of the bird community was good at doing voices, but we never knew they were such adept military tacticians. When World War 3 kicks in, we're so siding with the Macaws.

Dog pummels man at Wii boxing

Yup, it's another video of our game-loving pooch handing out a serious beating on Wii boxing. He's clearly getting better, too, moving up from kicking cat keester to pummelling a person. OK, so we've got that horrible feeling of guilt eroding the pit of our stomachs, too. Just keep telling yourself he's enjoying it. Yeah, he's definitely enjoying it.

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  • nai1210 - September 22, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    The dog and cat playing wii,ain't funny it's cruel and pathetic,the dog looks totally into it,but the cat ain't,looks stressed,fuckers like that shouldn't have pets
  • crumbdunky - February 22, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    snothammer-Aren't Bonobos just uber-horny and have a matriarchal society which makes them less angry and more likely to hump all day? The bi-pedal stuff is prolly just a bi product of all the positions in the Bonobo Kama Sutra. They are pretty cool, though and a definite sub-species slightly away from normal forest Chimps.
  • Xplosive59 - February 20, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    Either that is one massive gerbil or a goddamn tiny arcade unit
  • coolbeans - February 18, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Get out, get out, get out! i loved that!
  • snothammer - February 18, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    Just so you know, the ape playing Pacman is actually a bonobo, not a chimp. They are very similar, but there are some key differences, such as habitat, bonobos having the ability to walk bipedally, and sexuality as opposed to aggression. Check out the research Susan Savage-Rumbaugh. She's done some pretty amazing work with bonobos.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 17, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    the parrots playing EndWar was awesome.
  • OberKommando44 - February 17, 2010 11 p.m.

    I was impressed by the parrots (or was it a different bird?) playing endwar.
  • albanbeaumont - February 17, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    that dog was amzing
  • philipshaw - February 17, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    "Hell, your gerbil’s probably working his way through Heavy Rain’s QTEs as we speak" David Cage won't be happy talking about his "interactive drama" experience that way. Also a bulldog is the market for Tony Hawk Ride WTF
  • speno93 - February 17, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    gerbils + arcade games = sheer awesomeness
  • Cwf2008 - February 17, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    Huh? I thought chimps had thumbs though...
  • NinjaJamez - February 17, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    rofl. i cant stop laughing with the last photo
  • nik41507 - February 17, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    sleepy: To think I ever liked dogs @bamboo stick: Then how did dogs and cats end up as the pets and pigs as farm animals and besides, who owns a pig
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 17, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    nice article you guys posted the day after my cat got killed by 3 dogs and the dead cats laying around rapture really helped
  • D0CCON - February 16, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    and all the reviews said Tony Hawk Ride's controls were impossible. Common, a freakin dog can handle it!
  • Metroidhunter32 - February 16, 2010 10:54 p.m.

  • ForceCSW1 - February 16, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    I wanna see that dog play CoD4!
  • peterpottorff - February 16, 2010 9:25 p.m.

  • DylanM1000 - February 16, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    whoah,that dog kicks ass!
  • GameManiac - February 16, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    I've learned through Animal Planet that Parrots and Chimps are intelligent animals, but there's more than them. Dolphins could also learn, but then there'd be a massive water issue. Horses and Elephants could also learn, but there might be a size issue.