7 Great Video Game Dogs You Should Know About
Video game fan? Dog fan? These are for you!
Samuel Meyers |
Posted: September 17, 2014, 2 p.m. PST
In honor of National Video Game Day, we put together a list of our favorite dogs from video games. Some of them should be familiar to everyone, some a little more obscure. No matter their popularity, they all are special pooches in their own way.
1. The Laughing Dog from Duck Hunt
I was five years old when I made my first enemy. If you are familiar with Nintendo’s classic Duck Hunt, you know exactly who that is. Each round, you are tasked with shooting a given amount of ducks as they fly out of the marsh. If you are successful, he happily holds the ducks up for you to see. However, if you fail, He was never given an official name, but all I can remember him doing is laughing.
2. Rush from the Mega Man Series
Rush is Mega Man’s faithful robotic dog, capable into transforming into anything from a coil, a hoverboard to a submarine, to name just a few. He first hit the scene in 1990 in Nintendo’s "Mega Man 3” to overwhelming support from fans. Since then he has appeared in more than 15 video games by Mega Man’s side. His capabilities certainly put real-world robot dogs like AIBO to shame!
3. PaRappa the Rapper
PaRappa has a talent that no other dog on this list, or even the world has: the talent to rap. Players follow PaRappa through difficult situations, which he seems to always get out of by using his catchprase "I Gotta Believe!” PaRappa may be paper-thin, but he is full of love for his crush, Sunny Funny. He hasn’t been seen a whole lot of times aside from the two games named after him, but this pooch will go down in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame forever.
4. Dogmeat from the Fallout Series
In the award-winning Fallout series, the player guides him or herself through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Dogmeat is a companion found along the way, just as lost. Dogmeat is the perfect sidekick: he is loyal, obedient and friendly. More importantly, he is a good companion to have to survive the loneliness of the wasteland. Fallout presents a bleak image of what the future may hold for our world, but Dogmeat’s loyalty brings some hope to the picture.
5. K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing
If you have ever played Animal Crossing, you know it is much less a game and much more an experience. The game uses the systems built-in calendar and makes K.K. only available on Saturday nights between 8PM and midnight. His location in town varies from game to game, but his mission remains clear: soothe the player’s soul with his delightful guitar.
6. Sam from Sam and Max
This one is particularly important for me. When I was a kid and I found out there was a comic book called Sam and Max, I was convinced it was written with my brother and me in mind as the main characters (Sam and Max). And then when I found out there was a computer game based on those same characters, I assumed it was also, about us. Sam is the older, wiser, dog detective and is joined by his wise-cracking buddy, Max, who appears to be some sort of rabbit, though it is never exactly defined.
7. Everyone in Nintendogs
All of the other games on this list were, for the most part, traditional games. Nintendogs, however, is not really a game, but instead a pet simulator. The series debuted in 2005 on the Nintendo DS handheld game console. The touch screen allows the player to pet a dog, as well as use various toys or grooming supplies. Certainly, in the long run, not a suitable replacement for a dog, but it is the perfect option for someone who cannot have a dog in their home at the moment.
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