I am lucky enough to live in a gaming household. I am a gamer, Kirsten is a gamer, our son Max is a gamer. On our walls we have video game artwork. There is presently a newly repaired replica wooden Keyblade waiting for the glue to set in our hall and you’d be forgiven for thinking the TV was being held up by all the consoles underneath it.

Basically, we play games. So it should come as no surprise that when we came to buy a pet a year or so ago that he was given the name Ryu. Ryu means Dragon, our Ryu is a cat. Taking this name quite to heart he can be a bit of a fighter, I have long suspected that the Dark Hado burns deep within his soul. We often play fight leaving me with scratches and scars on my arms but, just like his namesake, this is just him showing a dedication to training. His real target, his Akuma if you will, is the bare ankles of Kirsten and Max. Just about every morning I hear their screams as he unleashes his Shun Goku Satsu upon their unsuspecting lower limbs.

Recently though he has taken even more of an interest in combat, it seems he can see our newly replaced LCD TV much better than its Plasma predecessor and he has taken to spectating during my frequent games of Street Fighter IV. Unfortunately for me he likes to get right into the action, as you can see below.

A congratulatory pat on the head for his namesake... 'Good Knockdown'
A congratulatory pat on the head for his namesake… 'Good Knockdown'

He seems to follow the action well even looking away between rounds. I generally play as Ryu in SFIV so I guess he’s just cheering me on. I’d forgive you for thinking that was just a one off but also this undoubtably cute behaviour can last many, many rounds.

Ladies and gents, I present to you… Ryu, The World Warrior.








5 responses to “Sho-Ryu-Cat”

  1. Markatansky avatar

    I wish I had a cat. I’d probably more likely call him something like ‘Soap’ or ‘Wrex’ though, I’m not much of a fighting game enthusiast. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    It was cool when he tried to tag in. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Celeste avatar

    Awesome stuff. My cat from many years ago used to torment my little sister โ€“ ONLY my little sister โ€“ who was tiny at the time. She would hide at bottom of the stairs every single morning and wait for my sis, who would call for mum because she could see the cat’s paws peeping out from around the corner of the banisters at the bottom. The cat would wait there until my sis reached the floor, bum wiggling, psyching herself up for the kill, until she finally pounced. Took a few mornings for my sis to realise this problem wasnโ€™t going to go away, hence the calling for reinforcements.

    Cats can be great.

  4. Duncan avatar

    I love this cat.

    I want one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Simon avatar

    Wow! My cat never did that.

    I should have called him Navi. Then he would have enjoyed all the Zelda.

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