Culture Feature

9 Video Games Where You Can Pet the Animals

D-Dog is a good boy.


Aside from evil, irredeemable monsters, and perhaps also people with very bad allergies, everyone loves to pet animals.

Video games provide a space of limitless possibilities, where we can just as easily step into the greaves of a 13th century samurai as we can ride a motorcycle across a futuristic cyberpunk cityscape. Sometimes video games also have animals in them, and in a world where so much is possible, we must be allowed to pet them.

Sadly, far too many games fail this most basic of tests. Imagine going to all the trouble of intricately rendering a virtual animal and then deciding that you're not going to give players the ability to scratch its fuzzy widdle head. Absolutely ludicrous. Thankfully, some games—the best games—do deliver. These are some of those games:

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Film Features

Is "The Matrix" Really a Trans Allegory? Lilly Wachowski Weighs In

Is it possible for a 90s action movie to have a stance on the politics of gender?

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When The Matrix came out in 1999, the Wachowskis became two of the biggest up-and-coming talents in Hollywood.

Their mind-bending, effects-heavy action movie had quickly become one of the top-earning R-rated movies of all time and successfully launched phase three of Keanu Reeves' constantly evolving, eternal career (currently entering phase six).

However, as is so often the case, the project that earned the Wachowskis their cred was not everything they originally wanted it to be. As Lilly Wachowski put it in a recent interview with Netflix Film Club, "The corporate world wasn't ready for it." If they'd had their way, it would have been a much more overtly trans movie.

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back as Bill and Ted—29 years after their last appearance.

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC Official Trailer #1 (2020)

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