A ‘stray cat’ video game helps real cats

A new video game featuring a brave cat that is popular with cat lovers. Some of them use the game to raise money for real cats.

The game was released last month. It is called “stray”. A stray animal is an animal without a home. Many stray cats and dogs live in the city streets.

Thanks to the internet fundraising Services, players play Stray Live for the public to raise money for animal shelters and other cat-related organizations.

Annapurna Interactive, the game’s creator, popularized “Stray” by offering two cat rescue and adoption agencies versions of the game.

Live broadcast playing a game Charity Not new. But the rapid popularity of “Stray” is a little unusual. It was the fourth most-watched game on the day it was first shown on Twitch, the video game streaming site.

viewers Watch as players send their game cat through a city to solve problems and escape from enemies. The cat in the game does all this while doing the usual cat activities, such as scratching, jumping, or hitting objects off the tables.

The game’s producers said about 80 percent of the game’s creative team are “cat owners and cat lovers.”

“I definitely hope some people will be too Probably Swan Martin Raggett is a Stray game producer and works at BlueTwelve game studio in France.

In this image provided by Annapurna Interactive, art is seen from the video game “Stray,” developed by BlueTwelve Studio and released July 19, 2022. (Annapurna Interactive via AP)

Annapurna Interactive contacted the Nebraska Humane Society to discuss the partnership ahead of the game’s launch on July 19. Marketing specialist Brendan Gibson said the humanitarian community had seized the opportunity.

“The whole game and the culture of the game is all about cat love,” Gibson said. “He. She tangled Really good with the shelter and our mission.”

The shelter received four copies of the game to give away. People donate five dollars for a chance to win a game. Gibson said the shelter raised $7,000 in one week.

Most of the 550 donors were new to the shelter, including people from Germany and Malta.

Jeff Legaspi is the Marketing Director of Annapurna Interactive. It makes sense, he said, that the game’s launch could do something “impressive” or have a strong impact. He added that he hopes the toy will “bring more awareness to adopting a new pet rather than shopping for it.”

The game is available on PlayStation and online gaming platform Steam. SteamDB, the Steam monitor, said Stray was the first game purchased in the past two weeks.

Annapurna has not released sales numbers or download numbers for the game.

I’m Dan Novak.

Dan Novak adapted this story for VOA Learning English based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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The words in this story

fundraising – n. An activity conducted to raise money for a political party, charity, school, etc.

Charity – n. Giving money, food, or any other kind of help to the poor, sick, etc.

view – n. A person who sees or looks at something

Inspires – Fifth. to make a desire to do something; To give an idea of ​​what to do or create

Network – Fifth. To match or work together successfully

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