@CanYouPetTheDog has more than 250,000 followers, including game developers, but most are just digital dog enthusiasts
Games often feature dogs but player interaction is generally limited to violent, negative verbs – attack, shoot, kill. Now one wildly popular Twitter account is dedicated to championing the games that allow us to interact positively with our pixelated pals.
@CanYouPetTheDog is a journal of record initially inspired by the virtual strays of Ubisoft’s military shooter game, The Division 2, and covers everything from unlikely candidates such as Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to the aptly named Dog Petting Simulator (video above).
You cannot pet the dog in The Division 2 pic.twitter.com/p0GGXWpDpY
This was one of the games that inspired me to create this account, so it goes without saying: You can pet the dog in Far Cry: New Dawn pic.twitter.com/pf0DGpqgrS
Thank you for helping CYPTD reach 200k followers. Please consider supporting @GameWorkers, which fights for industry unionization. The people who make your favorite games (and favorite pettable dogs) deserve fair treatment and better working conditions.https://t.co/FCdtEJVhMo pic.twitter.com/KTwkafKokS
Can You Pet the Dog? The purity of petting pixelated puppies