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Another round of pet pics to make your day better

We're back with more adorable pets than you can shake a tail at

Hello and welcome to our second edition of what is apparently a recurring feature where we run a bunch of pictures of game developers' pets!

Before we get to the good stuff, let's start with a little audience participation. It looks like this is going to be a semi-regular feature for as long as this pandemic lasts and we really need the semi-regular pick-me-up. And that being the case, it stands to reason that it would have a semi-regular name, right? But we here at GamesIndustry.biz are sort of torn on what that should be.

Here are a few options we've batted around like a ball of yarn, and a few we regretted as soon as we came up with them:

  • Picks of the Litter
  • Paws for the Pause
  • GamesIndustry.pets
  • Game Pads and Paw Pads
  • Lighter Petting
  • Developer Familiars
  • Computing Companions
  • Comforting Creatures
  • GamesIndustry.biz Surfs the Petstream
  • Where the Domesticated Things Are

[Note: The suggested names above were all from the brain of Brendan Sinclair. The rest of the team headed slowly for the door while he brainstormed into the night.]

Rebekah Valentine also suggested we nix the idea of a recurring title at all and just keep headlining these stories with variations of "Here are even more cute pet pictures to make your day better." After looking over that list again, I'm really starting to think "Developers' Pets" has a nice, simple, unlikely-to-be-an-ongoing-embarrassment ring to it.

Yes, you would think a group of professional writers would come up with some better options. But these are unthinkable times.

So just as we put out the call for your pet pictures and were overwhelmed by the response, we're putting out the call for your better column name ideas. Whether you want to send us a picture of your own pet or just want to help us name this thing, you can contribute to the cause by reaching out to us a news@gamesindustry.biz.

And of course, thanks again to everyone who submitted photos. Sorry if your pet isn't in this batch; we're holding onto all the pics and each column will be a mix of new and older submissions.

Boo, submitted by Minecraft product marketing manager Jeff Rivait and Gears of War marketing communications manager Nicole Fawcette

Boo, submitted by Minecraft product marketing manager Jeff Rivait and Gears of War marketing communications manager Nicole Fawcette

Brushfyre and Cinnamon, submitted by 343 franchise creative director Frank O'Connor

Brushfyre and Cinnamon, submitted by 343 franchise creative director Frank O'Connor

Goliath Dav Nation Banks (Golly), submitted by Tia Dalupan-Wong, producer on the Minecraft Central Creative team

Goliath Dav Nation Banks (Golly), submitted by Tia Dalupan-Wong, producer on the Minecraft Central Creative team

Luna (the dog) and chicken army, submitted by Undead Labs mission designer Leah Rivera

Luna (the dog) and chicken army, submitted by Undead Labs mission designer Leah Rivera

Roscoe, submitted by Undead Labs senior UX designer Kelsey Pickinpaugh

Roscoe, submitted by Undead Labs senior UX designer Kelsey Pickinpaugh

Mojo, submitted by fortyseven communications account manager Monica De Leon

Mojo, submitted by fortyseven communications account manager Monica De Leon

Evander and Tyson, submitted by fortyseven communications assistant account executive Maddy Troha

Evander and Tyson, submitted by fortyseven communications assistant account executive Maddy Troha

Harry, submitted by fortyseven communications assistant account executive Doug Woodburn

Harry, submitted by fortyseven communications assistant account executive Doug Woodburn

Lola 'Bean' Engel, submitted by fortyseven communications account coordinator Jules Engel

Lola 'Bean' Engel, submitted by fortyseven communications account coordinator Jules Engel

Ada and Hopper, submitted by Drinkbox Studios associate producer Kaitlin Smith

Ada and Hopper, submitted by Drinkbox Studios associate producer Kaitlin Smith

Rex, submitted by Yacht Club Games senior QA lead Adam

Rex, submitted by Yacht Club Games senior QA lead Adam

Ava and Ivy, submitted by Deep Silver US COO Geoff Mulligan

Ava and Ivy, submitted by Deep Silver US COO Geoff Mulligan

Bear, submitted by KO_OP studio director Saleem Dabbous

Bear, submitted by KO_OP studio director Saleem Dabbous

Bear (left) and Roxy, submitted by New Blood Interactive head and RocketWerkz senior director Dave Oshry

Bear (left) and Roxy, submitted by New Blood Interactive head and RocketWerkz senior director Dave Oshry

Bilbo, submitted by Outerloop Games concept artist Vijay Krish

Bilbo, submitted by Outerloop Games concept artist Vijay Krish

Boddy, submitted by Katy Radelich, events and partnerships at ArenaNet

Boddy, submitted by Katy Radelich, events and partnerships at ArenaNet

Bowie, submitted by Bethesda Studios' Jeff Gardiner, project lead on Fallout 76

Bowie, submitted by Bethesda Studios' Jeff Gardiner, project lead on Fallout 76

Bowser, submitted by Maximum Games account manager Giuseppe Travalini

Bowser, submitted by Maximum Games account manager Giuseppe Travalini

Bulleit, submitted by Mattel Digital Games head of marketing Russell Iriye

Bulleit, submitted by Mattel Digital Games head of marketing Russell Iriye

Misha and Zuko, submitted by Capcom senior PR manager Angella Austin

Misha and Zuko, submitted by Capcom senior PR manager Angella Austin

Dasher, submitted by Arkane Austin creative director Harvey Smith

Dasher, submitted by Arkane Austin creative director Harvey Smith

Banzai, submitted by EA Madrid certification manager Earl Baker

Banzai, submitted by EA Madrid certification manager Earl Baker

Monty (Sir Montague), submitted by Epic Games head of games licensing EMEA Mike Gamble

Monty (Sir Montague), submitted by Epic Games head of games licensing EMEA Mike Gamble

Buddy, submitted by BioWare Edmonton UX scripter Kelsey Wicentowich

Buddy, submitted by BioWare Edmonton UX scripter Kelsey Wicentowich

Finn, submitted by EA Tiburon product manager Kevin Boyce

Finn, submitted by EA Tiburon product manager Kevin Boyce

Jessie, submitted by EA Galway associate quality designer Maaike van der Leeden

Jessie, submitted by EA Galway associate quality designer Maaike van der Leeden

Puppies, submitted by SneakyBox project manager Tadas Migauskas

Puppies, submitted by SneakyBox project manager Tadas Migauskas

Purrington, submitted by SneakyBox lead game designer Ieva Benecke

Purrington, submitted by SneakyBox lead game designer Ieva Benecke

Nala, submitted by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment VP of worldwide communications and PR Remi Sklar

Nala, submitted by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment VP of worldwide communications and PR Remi Sklar

Winston, submitted by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment director of events and experiential marketing Laura Halasa

Winston, submitted by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment director of events and experiential marketing Laura Halasa

Monkey, submitted by DICE LA technical engagement designer Rob Watkins

Monkey, submitted by DICE LA technical engagement designer Rob Watkins

Rocket, submitted by PopCap sound designer Amanda Moscicki

Rocket, submitted by PopCap sound designer Amanda Moscicki

Emile, submitted by Dear Villagers PR manager Stephanie Beaudoin

Emile, submitted by Dear Villagers PR manager Stephanie Beaudoin

Freya, submitted by Drinkbox Studios programmer Mayuran Thurairatnam

Freya, submitted by Drinkbox Studios programmer Mayuran Thurairatnam

Hamilton, submitted by Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor

Hamilton, submitted by Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor

Jimmy, submitted by Capybara Games creative director Kris Piotrowski

Jimmy, submitted by Capybara Games creative director Kris Piotrowski

Kiki, submitted by PUBG Corp. environment artist Nina

Kiki, submitted by PUBG Corp. environment artist Nina

Loki, submitted by Fortitude studio director James Griffith

Loki, submitted by Fortitude studio director James Griffith

Lucy Oreo, submitted by PUBG Corp. head of North America business Brian

Lucy Oreo, submitted by PUBG Corp. head of North America business Brian

Magicarpe and Métacarpe, submitted by Evil Empire artist Aurore

Magicarpe and Métacarpe, submitted by Evil Empire artist Aurore

Manchitas, submitted by Seashell Studio visual developer Miguel Silva

Manchitas, submitted by Seashell Studio visual developer Miguel Silva

May and June, submitted by Respawn Entertainment senior environment artist Jobye Karmaker

May and June, submitted by Respawn Entertainment senior environment artist Jobye Karmaker

Meeko, Baby, and Copper, submitted by PUBG Corp. associate producer Harmony

Meeko, Baby, and Copper, submitted by PUBG Corp. associate producer Harmony

Migsy, submitted by Capybara Games artist Vic Nguyen

Migsy, submitted by Capybara Games artist Vic Nguyen

Napoleon and Dexter, submitted by Young Horses president Philip Tibitoski

Napoleon and Dexter, submitted by Young Horses president Philip Tibitoski

Navy, submitted by PUBG Corp. office manager Alyssa

Navy, submitted by PUBG Corp. office manager Alyssa

Nibbler, submitted by Liquid Crimson video editor and sound engineer Linda

Nibbler, submitted by Liquid Crimson video editor and sound engineer Linda

Oscar, submitted by Mediatonic client engineer Matthew Sheeres

Oscar, submitted by Mediatonic client engineer Matthew Sheeres

Alfie (left) and Oscar, submitted by Plan of Attack PR account director Aidan Minter

Alfie (left) and Oscar, submitted by Plan of Attack PR account director Aidan Minter

Otto, submitted by Seashell Studios' Rodrigo Cuadriello, director of Lunch A Palooza

Otto, submitted by Seashell Studios' Rodrigo Cuadriello, director of Lunch A Palooza

Ozzie, submitted by Fortitude coder Jennifer Edwards

Ozzie, submitted by Fortitude coder Jennifer Edwards

Percy (left) and SuperHans, submitted by Mediatonic UI artist Eilis Armstrong

Percy (left) and SuperHans, submitted by Mediatonic UI artist Eilis Armstrong

Petrie, submitted by Versus Evil community manager Amanda Kirby

Petrie, submitted by Versus Evil community manager Amanda Kirby

Pilou (left) and Ocarina, submitted by Dear Villagers community manager Mickael Andrieu

Pilou (left) and Ocarina, submitted by Dear Villagers community manager Mickael Andrieu

Qubit, submitted by Flight School Studio game director Bohdon Sayre

Qubit, submitted by Flight School Studio game director Bohdon Sayre

Raz and Lili, submitted by Double Fine senior communications manager James Spafford

Raz and Lili, submitted by Double Fine senior communications manager James Spafford

Roman, submitted by PUBG Corp. project manager Caroline

Roman, submitted by PUBG Corp. project manager Caroline

Rosetta (Rosie), submitted by EA Tiburon senior technical artist Todd Kusmick

Rosetta (Rosie), submitted by EA Tiburon senior technical artist Todd Kusmick

Sadie Falcor, submitted by Phoenix Labs' Nick Clifford

Sadie Falcor, submitted by Phoenix Labs' Nick Clifford

Shiva, submitted by Snowcastle Games audio designer Cam Jarvis

Shiva, submitted by Snowcastle Games audio designer Cam Jarvis

From left, Snow, Flash, and Lulu, submitted by Dear Villagers head of publishing Guillaume Jamet

From left, Snow, Flash, and Lulu, submitted by Dear Villagers head of publishing Guillaume Jamet

Sterling, submitted by Twitch Prime technical program manager Joanna Parkhurt

Sterling, submitted by Twitch Prime technical program manager Joanna Parkhurt

Hobbes, submitted by Creative Assembly lead technical artist Mohrag Taylor

Hobbes, submitted by Creative Assembly lead technical artist Mohrag Taylor

Momo, submitted by Creative Assembly head of corporate communications Lucy Boxall

Momo, submitted by Creative Assembly head of corporate communications Lucy Boxall

August and Brodie, submitted by Tag Games games programmer Eoghan Mulvenna

August and Brodie, submitted by Tag Games games programmer Eoghan Mulvenna

Mole the Hamster, submitted by Tag Games lead artist Lara Bendoris

Mole the Hamster, submitted by Tag Games lead artist Lara Bendoris

Yoshi, submitted by Sega brand manager Nathan Shabazi

Yoshi, submitted by Sega brand manager Nathan Shabazi

Ziggy, submitted by Fortitude QA tester Anna Pearson

Ziggy, submitted by Fortitude QA tester Anna Pearson

Ada Wong, submitted by Polyarc Games senior designer Barton Slade

Ada Wong, submitted by Polyarc Games senior designer Barton Slade

Riven, submitted by Blizzard digital marketing manager Savannah Ho

Riven, submitted by Blizzard digital marketing manager Savannah Ho

Tryn, submitted by Blizzard digital marketing manager Savannah Ho

Tryn, submitted by Blizzard digital marketing manager Savannah Ho

Booker, submitted by Purewal Consulting operations manager Dan Pearson

Booker, submitted by Purewal Consulting operations manager Dan Pearson

Arya, submitted by Double Eleven IT support engineer Lewis Rafferty

Arya, submitted by Double Eleven IT support engineer Lewis Rafferty

Finn, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Courtney Raine

Finn, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Courtney Raine

Luna, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Courtney Raine

Luna, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Courtney Raine

George and Gus Gus, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Darren Arquette

George and Gus Gus, submitted by Minecraft Dungeons QA tester Darren Arquette

Peck-Peck, submitted by Aspyr Media UX design lead Maggie Duvall

Peck-Peck, submitted by Aspyr Media UX design lead Maggie Duvall

Totoro, submitted by Animmal co-founder Dato Kiknavelidze

Totoro, submitted by Animmal co-founder Dato Kiknavelidze

Ponyo, submitted by Animmal co-founder Dato Kiknavelidze

Ponyo, submitted by Animmal co-founder Dato Kiknavelidze

Galleta, submitted by Seashell Studios music composer Carlos Ernesto López

Galleta, submitted by Seashell Studios music composer Carlos Ernesto López

Anselmo, submitted by Seashell Studios music composer Carlos Ernesto López

Anselmo, submitted by Seashell Studios music composer Carlos Ernesto López

Brindle, submitted by Splash Damage head of business development Will Lowther

Brindle, submitted by Splash Damage head of business development Will Lowther

Lenny, submitted by Splash Damage production tester Jacob Blackman

Lenny, submitted by Splash Damage production tester Jacob Blackman

Ninja, submitted by Splash Damage associate level design director David Edwards

Ninja, submitted by Splash Damage associate level design director David Edwards

Timmy, submitted by Splash Damage associate cinematics director Simon Harvey

Timmy, submitted by Splash Damage associate cinematics director Simon Harvey

Astro Bandito, submitted by Zynga people operations program specialist Katie Morris

Astro Bandito, submitted by Zynga people operations program specialist Katie Morris

Bunnie James Dio, submitted by Boss Alien principal artist Matthew Kobylarek

Bunnie James Dio, submitted by Boss Alien principal artist Matthew Kobylarek

Jackson, submitted by Zynga talent acquisition recruiter Katherine Moser and Chloe, submitted by Zynga talent acquisition senior manager Liz Adwers

Jackson, submitted by Zynga talent acquisition recruiter Katherine Moser and Chloe, submitted by Zynga talent acquisition senior manager Liz Adwers

Tux, submitted by Zynga chief legal officer Phuong Phillips

Tux, submitted by Zynga chief legal officer Phuong Phillips

Baily (left) and Piper, submitted by GamesIndustry.biz sales manager Chris Buckley

Baily (left) and Piper, submitted by GamesIndustry.biz sales manager Chris Buckley

Additional reporting by Rebekah Valentine and Marie Dealessandri

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