November 27th, 2005

Ah yes, it’s that time again: time to talk about ourselves.

Thanks to all who filled out my last Escapist-related survey; the final touches on the merchandise article are being typed up as we speak. (In case you’re getting a little shifty-eyed over my approach to journalism, rest assured you guys are just one of many sources for relevant data.)

Anyways, this time I want to talk to you about something very serious… Puppies! Well, specifically the success of Nintendogs and its ability to defy tradition gender expectations in gaming, but that all more or less boils down to “puppies.”

As before, feel free to answer any or all questions as you please. For privacy, bonnie @ heroine.sheik is at your service (as long as you remember to take out the spaces). Thanks in advance, and happy post-turkey!

Are you male or female?

Do you own Nintendogs?

When you first heard about Nintendogs, were you interested in purchasing it? Why or why not?

Has your opinion of the game changed since you first heard about it?

If you own the game, do you enjoy it? Why or why not?

What puppies do you have/what are their names?

Do you feel proud of them?

Do you have pets in real life?

Do you take relatively consistent care of your in-game puppies?

Do you think of your puppies affectionately?

Are you attracted to cute things in real life?

What element of the game most interests you?

What sort of reactions have you received from other gamers about your playing the game?

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4 Responses to “Puppies Are so Gay: a Survey”

  1. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    Are you male or female?
    – male

    Do you own Nintendogs?
    – of course

    When you first heard about Nintendogs, were you interested in purchasing it? Why or why not?
    – I wasn’t interested, because I thought it sounded like a gimmick rather than a game.

    Has your opinion of the game changed since you first heard about it?
    – You bet it has! I heard so many great things about it (and the DS) that I finally decided to make an investment. Even up to purchasing the game, I still had my doubts about its enjoyability, but now that I’ve played it, I’m a true convert.

    If you own the game, do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
    – I enjoy it thoroughly. The methods of interaction in the game are so unique that they in of themselves are captivating. At the same time, the puppies seem so realistic that I can’t help but fall in love with them. Not to mention the satisfaction of teaching my puppy a new trick, or helping him improve his frisbee-catching skills.

    What puppies do you have/what are their names?
    – I (well, actually ‘we,’ since I share ownership of the puppies with my fiancée) have a Beagle named Pupcake, and a Yorkshire Terrier that I aptly named Yorky.

    Do you feel proud of them?
    – Every day.

    Do you have pets in real life?
    – No; just stuffed animals.

    Do you take relatively consistent care of your in-game puppies?
    – For the most part, yes. Occassionally I’ll go a day or two without opening the DS, but the next time I get to them I tend to smother them with affection.

    Do you think of your puppies affectionately?
    – I might’ve just answered this above. Yes, probably more than I should.

    Are you attracted to cute things in real life?
    – Most definitely. Cute things rule.

    What element of the game most interests you?
    – Probably the subtleties of the puppies’ growth, like their temperaments, abilities, and such.

    What sort of reactions have you received from other gamers about your playing the game?
    – I am generallly snickered at. Only a few of my male friends earnestly believed me when I said that Nintendogs was a great game.

  2. qDot Says:

    Are you male or female?
    – Male

    Do you own Nintendogs?
    – Yes

    When you first heard about Nintendogs, were you interested in purchasing it? Why or why not?
    – Mainly wondering how true the AI was to real puppies, as well as the paradigm of “Game as replacement of true experience” versus “Games as actuation of fantasy”. Also, OMG THEY’RE SO KYOOTE.

    Has your opinion of the game changed since you first heard about it?
    – Not really.

    If you own the game, do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
    – I love it, the fact that it can bring people to yell silly names at a machine in their hand with complete disregard for their surrounding shows what little it takes to create an immersive environment.

    What puppies do you have/what are their names?
    – 3 puppies, the names of which are not suitable for public consumption (It’s The Woman’s fault, I should never let her name things)

    Do you feel proud of them?
    – It’s hard to know whether you’re feeling proud of them for learning or yourself for patience when you teach them a new trick.

    Do you have pets in real life?
    – Yes, a stupid cat, a fish, and a bunny who is full of hate.

    Do you take relatively consistent care of your in-game puppies?
    – It was a nice before bed wind-down to take care of the puppies and take them on a walk.

    Do you think of your puppies affectionately?
    – I don’t know if I’d go that far, but they are really freaking adorable.

    Are you attracted to cute things in real life?
    – I usually teach Sanrio Store employees things when I shop there.

    What element of the game most interests you?
    – See answer to why I was interested in purchasing it

    What sort of reactions have you received from other gamers about your playing the game?
    – Nintendogs is a testament to the fact that the American male can add machismo to just about anything. With other guys who play the game (of which there are many), we can easily get into heated discussions where many curses are thrown back and forth about the color ribbons we chose for our dogs. I honestly could see this as a new kind of gang warfare.

    Watch out for the fluffy ears with red ribbons gang. We’re some bad mofos.

  3. Ben Says:

    Are you male or female?
    Male

    Do you own Nintendogs?
    Yes

    When you first heard about Nintendogs, were you interested in purchasing it? Why or why not?
    No, my first impression was of a Tamgotchi/virtual pet type thing, not something I have been very interested in.

    Has your opinion of the game changed since you first heard about it?
    Yes, once I heard more about the unique use of the interface and other features of the DS, as well as how the game itself played out I became very excited about it.

    If you own the game, do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
    Yes, it is such an original composition (composition because it is not a completely original concept, but the final game is unique in it’s own way). I have stopped buying new games in recent year having become bored with the selection of re-hashed genres (I went back to playing my SNES instead), and Nintendogs offers me something I haven’t played before, nor something I can find anywhere else.

    What puppies do you have/what are their names?
    A Shih Tzu named Boof

    Do you feel proud of them?
    Not as I would a real dog, though I feel proud of the ‘progress’ I’ve made with him

    Do you have pets in real life?
    I used to – two dogs, one named Nelson (who I used to call Boof)

    Do you take relatively consistent care of your in-game puppies?
    Not really, when I first bought the game I did, but due to lack of time (and other DS games) I wasn’t able to care for them more than a couple of times a day, and then I begane leaving the game for weeks on end. And I wasn’t about to start training it on the train…

    Do you think of your puppies affectionately?
    Short answer: Yes and no
    Long answer:
    Not actively, though I will admit when I first played the game the behavior of the dogs had an emotional affect on me, which was weird because I have never experienced that with a game before.
    Now when I play it I sometimes find myself feeling sorry that I keep neglecting it, or enjoyment when taking it for a walk and watching it play with other dogs – until I realize once again that it’s not a real dog. This I find peculiar, since it seems I have more fun when I become lost in the game and cease to think of it as a problem to be solved, or other ‘level’ to be reached. It is more fun when I begin unknowingly regarding my dog with affection – until reality kicks in and i remember it’s just a game.

    Are you attracted to cute things in real life?
    Not very much, at least not so much that I become vocal about it. And ‘cute’ fluffy toys – or just about anything else not alive – rarely have an affect on me.

    What element of the game most interests you?
    Working in the games industry myself, and being very interested in game design, my interests are largely design orientated:
    1. The originality of the interface combined with the unconventional gameplay.
    2. The the emotional responses it can trigger (i.e. something other than just pure ‘fun’)
    3. The fact that such a simple (in terms of both gameplay complexity and graphics/content) and unique concept has sold so well

    What sort of reactions have you received from other gamers about your playing the game?
    Most people find it interesting and want to play, other owners sometimes want to use the Bark Mode, but once at work I received this comment:
    “I hope that’s your girlfriend’s”

  4. Natalie Says:

    Are you male or female?
    -female

    Do you own Nintendogs?
    -yes

    When you first heard about Nintendogs, were you interested in purchasing it? Why or why not?
    -Yes;the screenshots were adorable.

    Has your opinion of the game changed since you first heard about it?
    -Not really, except I wasn’t expecting people like my parents who have no interest in videogames to always ask “if I brought the dogs with me” and proceed to power up the DS and play with them.

    If you own the game, do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
    -I enjoy it because they’re so damn cute. Plus, I love training them.

    What puppies do you have/what are their names?
    -I have a pug named Min Mei and a Shih Tzu named Misa.

    Do you feel proud of them?
    -Yes, especially after they win competitions or find a rare item.

    Do you have pets in real life?
    -Yes, two cats: Casey and Takun.

    Do you take relatively consistent care of your in-game puppies?
    -Yep, but I was a lot better before Mario Kart came out.

    Do you think of your puppies affectionately?
    -Totally.

    Are you attracted to cute things in real life?
    -To a fault. I especially like cute things that are slightly on the creepy side, like San-X’s Nyanko.

    What element of the game most interests you?
    -The training. Watching the dogs play.

    What sort of reactions have you received from other gamers about your playing the game?
    -No one is really surprised that I play Nintendogs, in a way I feel like it’s expected. A problem that I see is that some gamers think that it’s the only game that I play–that the boyfriend is the real gamer and I’m only slightly interested. I also hear gamers saying that Nintendogs isn’t really a game. (Also, a guy I know who only causually plays games only sighed and said “Everything is digital nowadays…” which I think is hilarious.)

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