As Gone Home skillfully demonstrated back in 2013, games where you explore the lives of an everyday family can be just as memorable and thrilling as virtual adventures brimming with action sequences and special abilities. New indie Cats and the Other Lives also puts family dynamics at the forefront, but here you watch the drama unfold through the eyes of an adorable ginger feline.
It's an artsy point-and-click adventure that places you in the furry paws of Aspen, a domestic housecat. Following the death of Aspen's owner Bernard Mason, his estranged offspring return to their childhood home. As the adorable kitty, you'll explore the lives of this broken family, witnessing events and uncovering secrets to find out where it all went so wrong.
Having just pounced onto Steam, this indie is sitting proudly with a "positive" rating on Valve's platform. One reviewer (opens in new tab) writes, "Haunted house, mysterious story, beautiful pixel art, wonderful music, and you play as a cute cat...If you like any of those, this is a no-brainer." Another (opens in new tab) says, "If you like adventure games, don't miss it."
If you're a cat lover and are looking to pick this one up, you'll be happy to know that Developer Cultic Games is donating a portion of the game's profits to help cover the cost of medical operations for street cats.
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A very special challenge: people. Deal with the darkest parts of our modern day society in a story with elements of a film noir. Don't let the humorous dialogue or the seducing smile of a stranger fool you - your choices decide the fate of Jack Hayes, his partner and every other person!
Following the passing of Bernard Mason, the patriarch of the family, all the remaining Masons return to their childhood home for one last time. As Aspen, the cat of the household, players will take a journey across the hopes, disappointments and regrets of the enigmatic Mason family, traversing through a rich narrative that spans over decades. The game embraces a simple yet intuitive point and click play style, celebrating a design approach based on the behaviours of common house cats living all around the world. Is the cat just a pet, or does this creature play a more mysterious role in our lives? Features:
Skepticism aside, there are many animal behaviorists who believe that cats really do mourn. Much was learned by a survey conducted in 1996 by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The study, Companion Animal Mourning Project, gathered data that shed new light on the feline grieving process. The survey study focused on common signs associated with mourning and found that:
Establishing a new, comfortable social structure in the home following the loss of a human or animal family member is important for the entire family, but even more so for cats. People have lives that extend outside the immediate family unit and help distract them from grief or place the loss in a broader perspective. They have friends at work, make plans for social interactions and gatherings, see people at the gym, and communicate with distant friends and relatives electronically.
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In the case of a visual novel, the only way the player actively engages with the game (and therefore the main character) is through player choices. These determine both an immediate response from the other characters in the scene, as well as the general flow of the story towards one of several potential endings.
Devcats have a portfolio full of similar, cat-oriented games, so if you do play A Building Full of Cats and like it, you may want to check out their other games too, including; Zodiacats, Sudocats, and the upcoming A Castle Full of Cats. Aside from the obvious common theme of cats, each game has a similar, relaxed feel, focusing on non-stressful puzzles and cute artwork.
Friends cooking bacon, a stop-motion sequence of piling stones, gym class, a guy on the toilet, and, eventually, a cat. These glimpses of other lives are streamed in random succession, in real time, on Vinepeek, a hub of unmoderated Vines, which are six-second clips captured by the deceptively simple Vine app. The Web site is not affiliated with Vine on any official basis, but it serves as an endorsement of the video service as a window onto our hyper-documented world.
Millions of cats spend their entire lives indoors without complaint. They've never been outside and have no desire to venture out. In fact, many become frightened if they accidentally wander out the door.
That's not necessarily true. Plenty of stray cats have been adopted and turned into happy indoor kitties who don't want to go out. The trick is to make the great indoors as fun and intriguing as the outdoors.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect people. Some coronaviruses that infect animals can be spread to people and then spread between people, but this is rare. This is what happened with SARS-CoV-2, which likely originated in bats.
In the United States, respiratory disease and increases in mink deaths have been seen on most affected mink farms. However, some infected mink might also appear healthy. Infected workers likely introduced SARS-CoV-2 to mink on the farms, and the virus then began to spread among the mink. Once the virus is introduced on a farm, spread can occur between mink, as well as from mink to other animals on the farm (dogs, cats). One wild mink and a small number of escaped farm mink trapped near affected farms in Utah and Oregon were found to be infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Although there is no evidence that mink are playing a significant role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2 to people, there is a possibility of mink spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people and other animals on mink farms. Mink-to-human spread of SARS-CoV-2 has been reported in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Poland, and data suggest it might have occurred in the United States.
Many studies have been done to learn more about how this virus can affect different animals, including if they are susceptible to infection and if they can spread infection to other animals. Studies on animals do not show whether animals can spread infection to people.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CDC has been leading efforts to improve our understanding of how SARS-CoV-2 affects animals and how the virus might spread between people and animals. CDC has also worked to improve coordination of federal, state, and other One Health partners.
We made two predictions. First, attention toward the stimulus face displayed on the monitor should be longer in incongruent trials due to expectancy violation. Second, the amount of violation is related to the amount of exposure to relevant interactions; specifically, household cats should show stronger violation effects than café cats in Exp.1, and cats living in households with more people should show more evidence of expectancy violation in Exp.2.
Figure 2 shows time attending to the monitor for each group. House cats attended for longer in the incongruent than the congruent condition, as predicted; however, café cats did not show this difference.
A limitation of Exp.1 was that we could not analyze the effect of the duration of cohabiting with the model cat because this differed across cats, and in some cases the information was lacking (i.e., it was hard to track the exact length of time subject and model cats lived together, as the owner quarantined cats that didn't get along with others.). We predicted that the longer the cat and human had lived together, the stronger the association between name and face would be, due to more opportunities to learn it.
We tested 26 household cats (15 males and 11 females, mean age 5.2 years, SD 3.27 years) living in houses with more than two people. Thirteen cats lived with two-person families, seven with three-person families, four with four-person families, and two with five-person families. Durations of living together ranged between 6 and 180 months (mean 49.79 months, SD 41.50). We did not ask the owner to change water or feeding schedules.
Acquisition of new signal-meaning pairs requires a high level of social cognition, such as knowing to whom others are talking and paying attention34. Many recent reports on social cognition in cats (see review35), have shown their high sensitivity to human attentional states20,21,22. These results of the present study suggest that cats might understand who is talking to whom in everyday situations, which is consistent with those studies. However, it is still unclear how cats learned the name-face association. Further study should address this point.
In Exp.1, we found a difference between household cats and café cats. Previous studies have reported several behavioral differences between these two groups24,25,36. In Saito et al. house cats but not café cats were shown to recognize their own name; café cats did not discriminate their own name from names of other cats living in the same environment. Whereas house cats probably learn by observing the reaction of the specific cat whose name was called, café cats are more likely to hear different names called by different guests, making such learning more difficult. Additionally, the number of cats living together might have an influence, as more cats probably means fewer opportunities to learn specific cat name-identity relationships. In our experiment, 75% of café cats tested lived in cafés holding over 30 cats (Supplementary Table S1). In fact, recent research has shown that people with larger social networks show poorer voice recognition37. To untangle any effects of number of cats living together and fewer opportunities to observe interactions of each cat, cats from cafés of different sizes could be tested. 781b155fdc