You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More

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You would think a big, fluffy dog in a video game would receive tons of pets from everyone. But apparently, this isn’t the case as only 12% of Hades players have pet Cerberus 10 times or more according to data from Steam.


This fact comes from the Can You Pet The Dog Twitter account.

Ten times might seem like a lot of pets... to a monster! (Which Cerberus isn’t. He’s a good boy. Boys?) But on average when I pet a cat or dog I’m petting them at least 20 times if you count each pat and stroke as a single pet.

In fact, I know I’ve pet Cerberus way more than ten times. Let me check real quick... Oh, wait! I don’t have the achievement either. Maybe I’m just as bad as all the other dog-hating monsters who are apparently playing Hades?!

Well, I can fix this. We can all fix this. Please, this weekend, pet Cerberus in Hades. Please. He needs love and attention. This year sucks and he’s stuck in the Underworld. So please #PetCerberus

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Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.




Look, I get that video-game dogs have become this sort of... memetic thing, but why pet this specific one ten times? Does it have different reactions? Does it have a gameplay change when you pet it?

Because it’s not a real dog. It’s a video game animal. And while I certainly understand why harming a simulacrum of a beloved family animal can be a harsh thing at times... sorry, this just doesn’t seem like something to make a deal out of at all. It’s a cute addition to the game with a bemusing achievement tied into it, but if I played Hades, odds are low I’d pet this animal in the hub world more than once if there wasn’t an actual real in-game reason to do so.