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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.
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.
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.
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