A new video game may give us humans a first-person look at what it is to be a cat. According to a Jan. 14, 2014 article on NBC, "Catlateral Damage" is a first-person destructive cat simulator. Its format is similar to games like Minecraft, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and more, in that it's a first-person simulator. However, instead of being a shoot-em-up type of game, this one gives you a chance to see the world through the eyes of a frustrated cat cooped up in a room.
One of the reasons that people find these first-person video games (at least, shoot-em-up games) so addictive is because the game gives them a sense of control they can't find anywhere else. Since "Catlateral Damage" gives you the chance to destroy your whole house without actually destroying it, there's the possibility that people might find that addictive, too.
Other factors come into play, also. The biggest may be that these games require sound decision-making ability. They give people the ability to "play god," so to speak. All the decisions you make will either further your goals or destroy your entire objective, your team, and get you killed. There's an adrenaline rush that experts think is hardwired into us from our hunter-gatherer days. Destroying things with impunity may also provide this rush, but that likely remains to be seen with "Catlateral Damage."
Kotaku.com says that "Catlateral Damage" should really be called "Jerk Cat Simulator 2014," because the point of the game is to knock as much stuff off the shelves as possible in two minutes. ARSTechnica says that it's "a dream come true," for bringing together the coolness of both first-person simulators and cats in a single game. "Mashable" says that it's a good reminder of how little our cats actually care about us, and our stuff.
Want to try it for yourself? Visit www.catlateraldamage.com for your chance to play a cat. A fuller version with complete levels should be available later this year.