Look, we’ve all been here. You’re playing a game and happen across a dog. Whether it’s roaming the countryside, hanging out next to a house, sitting inside by the fire, or waiting to sniff out items for you, you’ve seen it, and you’ve probably taken the time to walk up to it and say hi.
And the one thing we’re all secretly hoping for is a button prompt allowing us to pet the dog.
In an age where we love to romance game characters and have our choices feel like they mean something beyond shallow interactions, being able to do something as arbitrary as pet a virtual dog sometimes feels as satisfying as a harrowing combat encounter. But, how can you know if the game you’re about to start will allow you to pet the dogs?