Strangest Pets in Video Games


With quirky personalities all their own, it's difficult to not fall in love with pets. We're intrigued by their thought-processes and smitten by their charm, even if they cannot use magic spells to destroy our enemies as our video game companions often can. Inspired in part by Fiery Corgis in WOW, here are… » 11/05/14 5:30am 11/05/14 5:30am

Cats Playing Candy Crush Saga, Ladies And Gentlemen

If we take away one positive thing from the world's once fiery-hot obsession with Candy Crush Saga, let it be this compilation of feline feet flailing against expensive electronics. » 5/10/14 5:00pm 5/10/14 5:00pm

Anyone Who's Ever Loved A Pet Should Watch This

I posted this week's special Brawl in the Family video comic in today's edition of Sunday Comics, but I felt it needed a place of its own. As a friend put it, this is the tragedy of pet ownership spoken in the vernacular of video games. » 3/16/14 5:30pm 3/16/14 5:30pm

One Very Practical Use For Old 360 Controllers

As the Xbox 360 sails off into the sunset, and its trade-in value weakens by the day, plenty of people are going to be left with old controllers. Rather than let GameStop give you 17 cents for one, why not turn it into the world's coolest dog leash? » 2/24/14 11:00pm 2/24/14 11:00pm

The Most Awesome Japanese Video Games Where You Can Ride A Horse

One would think, that horseback riding as a feature in video games would appear most of the time in wild west-themed titles, with lots of riding and gunning. But browsing through Japanese games, it quickly becomes clear that it's not the case. » 4/03/13 7:30am 4/03/13 7:30am

Look At These Game Developers Do Normal People Things Like Cuddle Their…

There are few things in life as sweet or satisfying as the companionship of a pet. Okay, I think I'm saying that as a crazy-cat-lady-in-the-making, but still! Unable to get a pet of my own, I thought I'd ask developers about their pets. It's a living vicariously through other people thing. Plus, who can resist… » 7/06/12 7:00pm 7/06/12 7:00pm

Possible World Exclusive: Kinect Dog Food Game

There is a Kinect-powered video game in the Columbus Circle subway station in New York City. It's being used to sell dog food. Because Kotaku never rests, and because we can't let Game Informer and television's Geoff Keighley hog all the big video game world exclusive announcements, your editor-in-chief had to stop… » 5/07/12 11:30am 5/07/12 11:30am

Friskies Has Created Three New iPad Video Games for Your Cat

Cat food purveyor Friskies has released a trio of iPad/Android tablet games for our feline friends to enjoy. Tasty Treasures, Party Mix-Up and Cat Fishing, aren't the first iPad games released for cats, but they may be the first games on any platform used to advertise to animals. » 5/19/11 7:30pm 5/19/11 7:30pm

Jerry Rice's New Football Video Game Is For The Dogs

Dogs playing football is a video game idea that sells itself, but it never hurts to have a little star power behind your title. Get ready for Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football for the Nintendo Wii. » 12/28/10 4:20pm 12/28/10 4:20pm

Do World Of Warcraft's Moonkin Babies Make You Feel Charitable?

The first World of Warcraft charity pet brought in $1.1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and it was nowhere near this cute. How much do you figure these adorable little Moonkin Hatchlings will make? » 11/09/10 12:20pm 11/09/10 12:20pm

Aion's Assault On Balaurea Bonus Pets Are Functional As Well As…

Picking up Aion's free Assault On Balaurea expansion at retail has its benefits, including one of several retailer-exclusive pets, each with a special benefit for players possessing it. Dibs on the odd-looking squirrel thing! » 8/12/10 3:30pm 8/12/10 3:30pm

Blizzard Starts Selling In-Game World Of Warcraft Pets

It was only a matter of time. Blizzard has just put up a pair of in-game pets for World of Warcraft for sale on the Blizzard Store. Would you pay $10 for a Pandaren Monk or a baby Kel'Thuzad? » 11/04/09 4:20pm 11/04/09 4:20pm

Onyxia Gets A Makeover For WoW's 5th Anniversary

Once the most-feared name in Azeroth, the Onyxia is making a comeback for World of Warcraft's 5th anniversary, transforming into a bigger and badder brood mother than ever before. » 8/13/09 12:20pm 8/13/09 12:20pm