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Pets Named After Game Characters: Part III

EVA

"It's only when I'm on the bike that I'm free to be the real me. I only get off my bike when I fall in love or fall dead..."

EVA was born under my brother's car. He went outside one day to discover our local cat, "Kitty", underneath his car with a fresh litter of kittens. I woke up to the sounds of mewing, only to discover a cardboard box full of adorable kitties in our laundry room. In another case of mistaken gender (much like Nozomi), EVA turned out to actually be male. S/he was easy to name at the time, however, as every Big Boss needs his EVA.

 

See the resemblance?

Sadly, the picture at the very top is the only one I have of EVA the kitty, so let's move on to trivia!

Trivia:

  • Likes to sleep right on top of you, no matter how hot it may be
  • Will jump onto your leg using all claws, ensuring attention is given
  • Enjoys trying to eat your people food, potentially ruining your meal
  • Very playful and energetic
  • A great brother. Likes to sleep with his siblings, keeping them warm and comfortable

 



Pets Named After Game Characters: Part II

Nozomi

 "'Sup"

Found under a tree in 2006, Nozomi was lucky my mom was out at Milford Lake, Kansas that day. The storm had stopped, and Nozomi had taken cover. A tiny, awkward kitten whose fur made it look as if it had been struck by lightning, he was obviously in need of assistance. My mom fed him the last bite of chicken sandwich she had, which he gobbled up quickly. He started purring, and she brought him home and placed him in the bathroom. One of my fondest memories of his time in there was when I went in to keep him company and he ended up sleeping on my face. Literally.

Nozomi quickly grew up into the healthy, stout figure you see above (who, when the picture was taken, was sitting like a human, all on his own, in a way I've never seen a cat do), and to this day, through his affection, still seems incredibly grateful to my mom for rescuing him that day.

But what about his name? Which game character is he named after? Is he named after the fat kid from Persona 3, as some kind of sick joke because he used to be so skinny?:

 

A true gourmand.

Seeing as how Persona 3 wasn't released in my part of the world until 2007, and I'm not one to import games, no.

Actually, Nozomi was named after a game character opposite of his gender, a bad habit I seem to have as I always guess the sex of a cat incorrectly. I realized that I had never named a pet after anything from one of my favorite games of all time, Shenmue, so I named him after Nozomi Harasaki.

 

Wait, no.

There we go.

Trivia:

  • Is the most toned, muscular kitty I have ever known
  • Is best friends with Big Boss
  • Loves to climb up onto your shoulder and be held
  • Is the only kitty that all the other kitties get along with and take care of
  • Goes by the nickname of "Stormy", due to the circumstances he was found in

 

"Last night my mom called from Canada; my father is insisting that I return."



Pets Named After Game Characters: Part I

I have a Notepad document which contains a list of posts to eventually write; "Pets Named After Game Characters" is one of them. I know I'm not the only one out there who has named a pet after a video game character, either. So, what made me decide to write about this topic today? Well, it's because of a little guinea pig that showed up at my front door a few days ago, but we'll get to him in Part IV of "Pets Named After Game Characters".

Let's do this alphabetically, which just so happens to be chronologically as well!: 

Big Boss

Commencing Operation Snake Eater.

Big Boss was an easy cat to name due to his time of arrival and the color of his eyes. Belonging to my mom's former boss's stepdaughter (that was tough to write!) who was originally going to abandon him,  my mom's boss took him in only to discover that he didn't get along with their other cat. So, she asked my mom if she wanted to take him in. Already having four cats in the house, taking care of Big Boss wasn't an issue, and we soon added a fifth kitty to our loving home. This all took place shortly after E3 2003, where Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater made its 10-minute debut.

A lot of speculation was abound, as is usual with a new Metal Gear reveal, and some of the crazier (and obviously wrong even then) theories were suggesting that Hideo Kojima was introducing time travel to the series and that you would continue to play as Solid Snake. People like myself knew better. We knew that the only real explanation for the game taking place in the 1960's and having a character look nearly identical to Solid Snake is that the game was going to tell the story of Big Boss himself. Being a massive Metal Gear fan, and seeing the cat's eyes matching the exact color of the man himself, I knew what to call him instantly.

Trivia:

  • Has the softest fur out of any kitty I've ever petted (which is a lot!).
  • Is a super-good cuddler! You'd be hard-pressed to have a more relaxing, furry sleep.
  • Is very good at telling you what he wants by meowing loudly until you follow him.
  • Enjoys viewing the outdoors.

I always enjoy people's reactions to his name at animal clinics and such. My mom always likes to point out that I'm the one who named him. He still has one of the coolest names for a cat ever.

I should really see if they make eye patches for cats...

Just kidding. I don't think he would like that very much.

 

Concept art from Peace Walker, but still. Look at the color of his eye!

 

"Why'd you defect?!"



 
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