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The 8 most important cats in gaming


Jeane (No More Heroes)

Travis Touchdown's pet cat is a superb example of how to turn a save point/safehouse into something far more than the sum of its parts. It's cute enough to see the little kitten walking around and being petted by Travis, but there's more to find here. In some scenes, you'll notice there's a toy fish hanging from a thread that's attached to the fan on the ceiling. Occasionally, you'll see something else attached to the fish. Yup, it's Jeane, flying around in a circle. Far cuter than any hardcore gamer will admit.



 

Cat instrument (Mario Paint)

Mario Paint's music creation mode has lasted longer than anyone could possibly have expected on the game's development team. There's even a Flash version of it available online if you fancy making limited tunes in 16-bit MIDI. One of the instruments is a cat's meow. Sure, there's a dog too (which allows you to make an 'anything you can do, I can do better' call/response piece twixt canine and feline), but the cat is where it's at.

It's even got its own sound glitch, thanks to the prehistoric audio technology being used. Set it to the highest note and the cute chipmunk cat 'meow' is followed by a deep rumbling growl. 16-bit demon cat FTW.



 

Meowth (Pokémon)

Poor Meowth. If it weren't for Pikachu, he could easily have been the face of Pokémon. He's got the look, he's got the charm... he's even got a proper voice in the anime and can converse with the main characters, which the other Pokémon can't do. Still, he is one of the original and most memorable batch of Pokemon and definitely one that we would actively seek for our team. Not for his moves, but just... because he's Meowth.

As one of the more memorable characters from one of the biggest franchises in gaming, Meowth is thoroughly deserving of a place on this list. And besides, all he gets is knocked around by Pokeballs until he's dropped all his money. Give the cat a break.



 

 

Skittles (Kinectimals)

Ah, Skittles. You're everything that's wrong with the industry right now. You crave attention from people who couldn't care less about God of War, Red Dead Redemption and Metal Gear. You're for this 'Casual Gamer' we've heard so much about but actually suspect has lost interest with gaming as their little white box and Wii Fit board gather dust in the corner. Your ship has sailed, yet you still scamper around on the boarding plank, happily playing with passers-by.

You are perhaps the most important cat on this whole list because what happens to you and your shiny new two-eyed cat toy will determine what happens to the industry in the next generation.


Above: The future of gaming?

Look at his face – do you have the heart to clap your hands violently together and shoo him away? Answer: Yes.

16 Jul, 2010

37 comments

  • Clovin64 - July 18, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    That Kinect animal is pure evil. Look at it, just smiling that creepy (and oddly human) smile. Its smiling at the death of real gaming, thats what. Burn it.
  • brickman409 - July 18, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    i wonder what happens when you point a gun at kinect while playing kinectanimals?
  • VenomVip7 - July 18, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    @ DNAndy11 oddly enough I think I'm one of the few gamers out there that actually dont have any casual gamer friends...its kinda weird
  • Nanook - July 18, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    Jeanne!!
  • VercettisShirt - July 17, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    No love for Schrodinger from Digital Devil Saga 2?
  • philipshaw - July 17, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    Qualtiy article, Mewoth FTW
  • pinoklin - July 17, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    NO KEYBOARD CAT???...and he featured in scribblenauts rofl
  • andski - July 17, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    And what about Ser Pouncelot from Dragon Age: Awakenings? Not only cute, but can ressurect dead team members too.
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - July 17, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    I now have the sudden urge to try Postal. And see the movie.
  • axelgarcia1 - July 17, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    jeane made me laugh
  • sepirothpk - July 17, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    @crumbdunky I don't know what cats you've seen, but I can tell you right now mine is curled up against me and purring. He also caught a bird for me once (still alive). So no, they do like people.
  • HawtKakez - July 17, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    I remember I was a kid when I first witnessed Felicia in Darkstalkers and I was always drawn to her but I didn't know why. It wasn't until my teenage years when I realized why.
  • TyeTheCzar - July 17, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Why would you include that ugly abomination of a tiger and not the adorable Shinigami Chen from Perfect Cherry Blossom?
  • Psylockerules - July 16, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    yay for Jeane love that fat cat i guess you couldve said travisTiger in NMH2?
  • joaovbarros - July 16, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    What about Ayla from Chrono Trigger? I mean, she's kinda like a cat, isn't she?
  • cj12297 - July 16, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    seriously
  • LizarDAZZLE - July 16, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    you should have had Schrödinger's cat from Bioshock 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQLwYjGLx3w here's what it means http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger's_cat
  • PhantomDave - July 16, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    Sasuke from Shenmue made this cynical gamer smile with nostalgia....
  • lolwizards - July 16, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    No Bioshock cat? :(
  • DNAndy11 - July 16, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    @milsegregory OR you could not buy kinectimals try not support this tragedy. But if my casual gamer friends buy it (and yours too if your unlucky like me to have casual gamer friends) then we go over and punch them.

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