Internet trends come and go, but pet videos are here to stay.
And finally, video games have a chance to bask in the light of internet pet virality, thanks to Stray, a daring adventure where you explore the world as a ginger cat. The premise is oh so cute, and the feline protagonist has demonstrably captured the hearts of a lot of people in its intended human target audience. But Stray fans also want it to be clear that their furry companions are into the game as well. Social media has seen a small flood of people posting videos and photos of their cats and dogs reacting to Stray.
In Stray, you play as a cat looking for their family in a futuristic dystopia. The game has loads of cat-inspired features and gameplay: You can press a button on your PlayStation 5 controller to make your avatar meow. That sound and the cat graphics onscreen have piqued the interest of players’ real-life pets, leading to funny reaction videos of cats and dogs responding to gameplay. The videos all follow the same format, more or less, with clips of animals pawing at the screen, or just watching the game intently.
I’ve been playing a lot of Stray and I love it SO MUCH. My cat Totoro likes to watch me play and then he tries to catch the cat on the screen. pic.twitter.com/XPyuJWQHB3— Elise Favis (@elisefavis) July 18, 2022
Cats aren’t the only pets having fun with the game. Many people are posting videos of their dogs’ excited reactions to Stray as well. (One dog almost breaks the television screen, it’s so excited.)
I guess we need to wait til the dog passes out before we play Stray. I wanted to get a video because she was watching the cats and then she just went for the tv— Bryanna Lindsey (@glittervelocity) July 19, 2022
(No TVs were hurt no worries) pic.twitter.com/1YfqpQY7uy
Whether it’s goofs on cats playing video games or earnest jokes from cat shelters, the game has just inspired some top-notch pets posts.
The pet interest speaks to the high-caliber work being produced by BlueTwelve Studio, if a game can be both about, and of interest to cats. The posting trend has the air of those TikTok trends where people play sounds to their pets to see how they react. It’s an absolutely endearing twist on gaming that shows us maybe we’ve been excluding our pets from our video games a little too long.