So long, 2020, and thanks for all the fish food | Creature Comforts

Welp, this is it. Unless big news breaks, this should be the last article that GamesIndustry.biz publishes in 2020, and we can think of no better way to wrap it up than with a Creature Comforts column.

But before we get to the pet pictures, lets dig into the data. Here’s a chart pulled from our 2020 Year in Numbers feature showing the breakdown of pet pictures from the first five Creature Comforts columns:

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There are some caveats here. First, we’re dealing with a small sample size of just 457 pets, so there’s only so much confidence we can have in our takeaways. Second, we recognize that the avenues we are soliciting pet pictures through — asking for submissions on Twitter and in these columns, asking PR people to compile pics from their clients/employers — may be biasing the results. Frankly, we suspect a much larger contingent of you has resorted to putting googly eyes on household appliances and treating them as pets, but our outreach efforts have simply missed this cohort thus far.

I mean, we can’t even make a “This industry has gone to the dogs” joke with any authority, given that this sixth Creature Comforts column features 100 pets, more than half of which are cats. Clearly, more data is needed before we can draw firm conclusions.

Unfortunately, what we can say a bit more authoritatively is that we have gone through our backlog of games industry pet pictures. If you’ve submitted a pet pic and haven’t seen it despite a thorough search of the Creature Comforts archives, there are a few reasons we might not have run it. It may have been too small or low-resolution. We might not have had all the information we needed to attribute it. We might have just messed up and misplaced it.

Or you might have submitted dozens and dozens of pictures of the same pet, which was very much appreciated and made our days nicer, but we felt we could really only run one picture per pet in the interest of fairness. (If this applies to you, please don’t feel called out here; you had lots of company.)

Regardless, our supply of Creature Comforts pictures is low, but we think demand for them will remain high well into 2021. If you’re able to help, please send your pet pictures — along with the pets’ names and your name and title — to [email protected]

Thank you for your help, take care, and best wishes for 2021 from the GamesIndustry.biz team.

Mei, submitted by Gaggle Studios co-founder Simon Chu

Mei, submitted by Gaggle Studios co-founder Simon Chu

Poe, submitted by Gaggle Studios co-founder Simon Chu

Poe, submitted by Gaggle Studios co-founder Simon Chu

Apollo, submitted by BetaJester co-director Adam Boyne

Apollo, submitted by BetaJester co-director Adam Boyne

Banjo (left) and Martha, submitted by Silent Games CEO Sally Blake

Banjo (left) and Martha, submitted by Silent Games CEO Sally Blake

Betty, submitted by Lockwood Publishing technical director Simon O'Connor

Betty, submitted by Lockwood Publishing technical director Simon O’Connor

Angel, submitted by Yacht Club Games COO Sunni Pavlovic

Angel, submitted by Yacht Club Games COO Sunni Pavlovic

Yossarian, submitted by Yacht Club Games artist Sandy

Yossarian, submitted by Yacht Club Games artist Sandy

Polly, submitted by Shannon and Ian, Yacht Club Games operations manager and gameplay programmer

Polly, submitted by Shannon and Ian, Yacht Club Games operations manager and gameplay programmer

Durnehviir, submitted by TriplePoint PR account executive Alyx Evans

Durnehviir, submitted by TriplePoint PR account executive Alyx Evans

Arya, submitted by EA Sports senior producer Andrei Lazarescu

Arya, submitted by EA Sports senior producer Andrei Lazarescu

Barley and Rye, submitted by PopCap Seattle QA manager Jared Karklins

Barley and Rye, submitted by PopCap Seattle QA manager Jared Karklins

Boo, submitted by EA Vancouver senior researcher James Berg

Boo, submitted by EA Vancouver senior researcher James Berg

Ellie, submitted by Maxis Austin designer Jordan Peterson

Ellie, submitted by Maxis Austin designer Jordan Peterson

Hancock, submitted by DICE Los Angeles studio project manager Catheryn Grant

Hancock, submitted by DICE Los Angeles studio project manager Catheryn Grant

Harvey, submitted by BioWare Austin analytics manager Kim Dorman

Harvey, submitted by BioWare Austin analytics manager Kim Dorman

Ori, submitted by EA Galway live quality analyst Johanna

Ori, submitted by EA Galway live quality analyst Johanna

Harvey Dent, submitted by EA Galway live quality analyst Johanna

Harvey Dent, submitted by EA Galway live quality analyst Johanna

Jemma, submitted by PopCap Seattle server engineer Fran

Jemma, submitted by PopCap Seattle server engineer Fran

Lil Mama and Mando, submitted by BioWare Austin denior game product manager Patrick Driggett

Lil Mama and Mando, submitted by BioWare Austin denior game product manager Patrick Driggett

Link, submitted by BioWare Austin senior systems designer Steven Engle

Link, submitted by BioWare Austin senior systems designer Steven Engle

Maverick, submitted by EA Tiburon game designer Brian Waggoner

Maverick, submitted by EA Tiburon game designer Brian Waggoner

Clockwise from upper left, Lord Mirin Purrywrinkle Esquire, Tsar Seamus Arntchabald 'Beefcake' Squatbuttnikov, Cleocatra Jones 'Tookie' L'Amuse-Boushh Duchess of Gourdbottom, and Empurror Napoléon Bonapaw, Heir of Thingamajig, submitted by BioWare Austin associate outsource artist Phred Newman

Clockwise from upper left, Lord Mirin Purrywrinkle Esquire, Tsar Seamus Arntchabald ‘Beefcake’ Squatbuttnikov, Cleocatra Jones ‘Tookie’ L’Amuse-Boushh Duchess of Gourdbottom, and Empurror Napoléon Bonapaw, Heir of Thingamajig, submitted by BioWare Austin associate outsource artist Phred Newman

Kora, submitted by Slitherine Ltd. social media manager Bruno Bontempo

Kora, submitted by Slitherine Ltd. social media manager Bruno Bontempo

Loki, submitted by Alyx Jones, dialogue editor at Liquid Violet

Loki, submitted by Alyx Jones, dialogue editor at Liquid Violet

Louie (left) and Nellie, submitted by Big Huge Games COO Judith Hoffman

Louie (left) and Nellie, submitted by Big Huge Games COO Judith Hoffman

Moogie, submitted by KO_OP community manager Marcela Huerta

Moogie, submitted by KO_OP community manager Marcela Huerta

Naruto, submitted by CNDG 3D artist Eric von Berner

Naruto, submitted by CNDG 3D artist Eric von Berner

Bella, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Bella, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Licorice, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Licorice, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Ruby, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Ruby, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior designer Greg Hennessey

Captain Jack Harkness, submitted by Phoenix Labs UX director Isaac Epp

Captain Jack Harkness, submitted by Phoenix Labs UX director Isaac Epp

Feisty and Zen, submitted by Phoenix Labs director of production Lindz Williamson Christy

Feisty and Zen, submitted by Phoenix Labs director of production Lindz Williamson Christy

Harriet, submitted by Phoenix Labs external development manager Dave Sanderson

Harriet, submitted by Phoenix Labs external development manager Dave Sanderson

Ursus, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior programmer Brent Scriver

Ursus, submitted by Phoenix Labs senior programmer Brent Scriver

Macho, submitted by Phoenix Labs writer Cory Herndon

Macho, submitted by Phoenix Labs writer Cory Herndon

Bellatrix, submitted by Leah McKenzie

Bellatrix, submitted by Leah McKenzie

Billie, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Billie, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Jibber, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Jibber, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Jiabber, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Jiabber, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Mochi, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Mochi, submitted by games media freelancer Aiden Strawhun

Brodie, submitted by Airborne Kingdom designer Zach Mumbach

Brodie, submitted by Airborne Kingdom designer Zach Mumbach

Charles Xavier (left, aka Charlie) and Akira Mun (Aki), submitted by Autistica games partnerships manager Jake Mackey

Charles Xavier (left, aka Charlie) and Akira Mun (Aki), submitted by Autistica games partnerships manager Jake Mackey

Coco, submitted by Games Press technical director Steve Owen

Coco, submitted by Games Press technical director Steve Owen

Rosa, submitted by Double Eleven IT support engineer Lewis Rafferty

Rosa, submitted by Double Eleven IT support engineer Lewis Rafferty

Cynder, submitted by Double Eleven Unity developer Philip Lewis

Cynder, submitted by Double Eleven Unity developer Philip Lewis

Ellie, submitted by Double Eleven Unity developer Philip Lewis

Ellie, submitted by Double Eleven Unity developer Philip Lewis

Ditto, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons game designer Cara Hudson

Ditto, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons game designer Cara Hudson

Tilly, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons junior environment artist Stewart Morrison

Tilly, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons junior environment artist Stewart Morrison

Eleanor, submitted by Clarum, A Dream Sim developer Jeremy W. Kaufman

Eleanor, submitted by Clarum, A Dream Sim developer Jeremy W. Kaufman

Encased QA team member Lyssa Siber Moon (Lyssa for short), submitted by the Black Tower Team

Encased QA team member Lyssa Siber Moon (Lyssa for short), submitted by the Black Tower Team

Ghibli, submitted by Dreamloop Games head of communications Steve Stewart

Ghibli, submitted by Dreamloop Games head of communications Steve Stewart

Henry, submitted by Big Blue Bubble marketing director Michael Hammond

Henry, submitted by Big Blue Bubble marketing director Michael Hammond

Hurley, submitted by Gun Interactive director of communications Daniel Nixon

Hurley, submitted by Gun Interactive director of communications Daniel Nixon

Jack Jack, submitted by Gun Interactive lead community developer Matthew Szep

Jack Jack, submitted by Gun Interactive lead community developer Matthew Szep

Jonesy, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Jonesy, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Kaya, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Kaya, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Steve, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Steve, submitted by Gun Interactive customer service lead Melissa Hickman

Jadie, submitted by Brett from Noodlecake

Jadie, submitted by Brett from Noodlecake

Jareth, submitted by GamingTrend community manager Kay Purcell

Jareth, submitted by GamingTrend community manager Kay Purcell

Opie, submitted by GamingTrend community manager Kay Purcell

Opie, submitted by GamingTrend community manager Kay Purcell

Kramer, submitted by Playstark Games designer Javi Gutiérrez

Kramer, submitted by Playstark Games designer Javi Gutiérrez

Maisy and Noodle, submitted by nDreams finance director designate Neil Bancroft-Jones

Maisy and Noodle, submitted by nDreams finance director designate Neil Bancroft-Jones

Tiger, submitted by nDreams chief people officer Tamsin O'Luanaigh

Tiger, submitted by nDreams chief people officer Tamsin O’Luanaigh

Mushu and Cao, submitted by esports host and games producer Abby Sherlock

Mushu and Cao, submitted by esports host and games producer Abby Sherlock

Sadie, submitted by esports host and games producer Abby Sherlock

Sadie, submitted by esports host and games producer Abby Sherlock

Panda, submitted by freelance producer Myriame Lachapelle

Panda, submitted by freelance producer Myriame Lachapelle

Boubou, submitted by freelance producer Myriame Lachapelle

Boubou, submitted by freelance producer Myriame Lachapelle

Olive, submitted by Cesca

Olive, submitted by Cesca

Oni, submitted by Humble Games publishing producer Erika Mariko Olsen

Oni, submitted by Humble Games publishing producer Erika Mariko Olsen

Panda, submitted by RocketRide Games VP of business development Kirk Scott

Panda, submitted by RocketRide Games VP of business development Kirk Scott

Poppy, submitted by 4J Studios lead software developer Vince Finlayson

Poppy, submitted by 4J Studios lead software developer Vince Finlayson

Rex, submitted by Soundcuts founder Adele Cutting

Rex, submitted by Soundcuts founder Adele Cutting

Roop, submitted by Wonacott Communications PR senior account executive Nick LaTona

Roop, submitted by Wonacott Communications PR senior account executive Nick LaTona

Snow White, submitted by Clever Endeavour community manager and QA Geneviève Leblanc

Snow White, submitted by Clever Endeavour community manager and QA Geneviève Leblanc

Poe, submitted by TriplePoint PR account coordinator Sara Gren

Poe, submitted by TriplePoint PR account coordinator Sara Gren

Artemis, submitted by Seth Parker, sound designer and composer at Young Horses

Artemis, submitted by Seth Parker, sound designer and composer at Young Horses

Aries, submitted by PUBG Corp design director James

Aries, submitted by PUBG Corp design director James

Link, submitted by PUBG Corp software engineer Andy

Link, submitted by PUBG Corp software engineer Andy

Luna, submitted by PUBG Corp product manager Alison

Luna, submitted by PUBG Corp product manager Alison

Ramsay, submitted by PUBG Corp senior environment artists Brandon

Ramsay, submitted by PUBG Corp senior environment artists Brandon

Sailor, submitted by PUBG Corp senior manager of IP licensing Arsenio

Sailor, submitted by PUBG Corp senior manager of IP licensing Arsenio

Reginald, submitted by Bossa Studios technical producer Stijn Vervaet

Reginald, submitted by Bossa Studios technical producer Stijn Vervaet

Chao, submitted by narrative designer Rokashi

Chao, submitted by narrative designer Rokashi

Ginger, submitted by Splash Damage personal assistant Reema Ishaque

Ginger, submitted by Splash Damage personal assistant Reema Ishaque

Nate, submitted by Splash Damage gameplay programmer Nicolas d'Offay

Nate, submitted by Splash Damage gameplay programmer Nicolas d’Offay

Pippin, submitted by Splash Damage lead online engineer Tristan Cartledge

Pippin, submitted by Splash Damage lead online engineer Tristan Cartledge

Rocky, submitted by Splash Damage head of HR Kate Lindsay

Rocky, submitted by Splash Damage head of HR Kate Lindsay

Triskele (left) and and Cernunnos, submitted by Xbox Studios Quality Michelle Hyde

Triskele (left) and and Cernunnos, submitted by Xbox Studios Quality Michelle Hyde

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