As our sister site Kotaku has explained, all video games should let you pet the animals. Sadly, many games include dogs, but no way to pet them. Until Congress gets its act together and outlaws this oversight, a new Twitter account, Can You Pet the Dog?, tells you which games do and don’t let you pet the dog. And it’s got pictures.
This account (which has over 18,100 followers after just two days and 12 very popular tweets) is especially useful if you’re trying to play video games in Dad Mode, avoiding violence while you play in front of your kids. Games with pettable dogs include Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed III, The Last of Us, and Final Fantasy VIII.
The rules for “Can You Pet the Dog?” are simple. According to the account bio, “A manual button press resulting in visual representation of petting is required for affirmation.” There’s no info on how to submit your own, but presumably you could @-message them with your own, and hope for a retweet.
The internet is such an awful place that the words “garbage fire” became a cliché. Yet there are still pure and helpful people in it, telling us where we can pet more dogs.
There is currently no “Can You Pet the Cat?” account.