When we started our quest to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games, we didn't know where we'd end up.

But after nearly a year of nominations and voting by our readers and a select panel of judges -- Capcom's Morgan Gray, Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander and I Can Has Cheezburger's Tofuburger -- we've finally got a winner.

We posted the final round of nominees last week. And according to our judge and readers, the award goes to... Read More...

Sure, there's a U.S. presidential election going on today where people can cast their votes for Democratic nominee Barack Obama or Republican nominee John McCain.

But we're asking you to make another important vote today... for the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.

Throughout the year, we've had a select panel of judges and readers choose their favorite virtual animals in different categories. Now we've placed the winners of each category in the poll below.

So who do you think should win? Vote now, and we'll reveal the judges' picks and the readers' choice next week. Cast your vote after the jump... and remember -- every vote counts! Read More...

I have never owned a pet before, but that changed over the weekend.

My girlfriend has always wanted a dog, but I'm allergic. It wasn't until I met Minnie, former 1UP staffer (now at Microsoft) Kathleen Sanders' too-cute chihuahua, that I'd say "yes."

Over the weekend, we went dog shopping. Thing is, we only ended up looking at one dog, a young female chihuahua named -- wait for it -- Pixel.

No, I did not name the dog! Somehow, through some crazy coincidence, the most relaxed dog I've ever met and the first one I considered making my first real pet had a nerdy name. And it was the first dog we looked at, too!

Seems like fate, right? 20 minutes after meeting her, she was ours. Now, I just need to stop my girlfriend from buying Pixel too much ridiculous clothing!

When we started trying to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games at the beginning of the year, we didn't quite know where we'd end up.

Now, several categories later -- including horses, canines, aquatic creatures, birds, reptiles/amphibians, felines, monkeys/apes -- we decided to include the best of the rest.

The only thing that will follow this, of course, is a year-end vote for the Best Animal In Video Game History, chosen from the winners listed in all the year's species posts.

For this last preliminary round, our regular judges -- Gamasutra news director Leigh Alexander, Capcom senior producer Morgan Gray and I Can Has Cheezburger co-founder Tofuburger -- were joined by GayGamer.net associate editor David Edison.

After a no-holds-barred round of nominations, here are the winners, as chosen by the judges and the readers: Read More...

Back in January, we decided to try to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.

Each month, we listed as many animals as we could think of for each species. Then we had a stellar panel of judges, as well as readers, choose the winner for each category.

After rounding up lists of horses, canines, aquatic creatures, birds, reptiles/amphibians, felines, monkeys/apes, we feel we've exhausted every species worthy of their own post.

So here's the best of the rest including notable hedgehogs, foxes, bears, rabbits and even some random insects... Read More...

[UPDATE 8/11: For some reason, we had included "Primates" in our headline. But silly us, primates also include humans, and this list certainly does not. Our apologies. We're game writers, not biologists. Animals only for these lists. Carry on...]

When it comes to our favorite animals in video games, we here at MTV Multiplayer don't like to monkey around.

Er, or maybe we do... Either way, we had our regular panel of distignuished judges -- Capcom's Morgan Gray, Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander and I Can Has Cheezburger's Tofuburger -- weigh in with their favorite virtual monkey or ape. This month we also invited Heroine Sheik's Bonnie Ruberg to help us out.

So was Donkey Kong the obvious choice? Not for everyone... Read More...

[UPDATE 8/11: For some reason, we had included "Primates" in our headline. But silly us, primates also include humans, and this list certainly does not. Our apologies. We're game writers, not biologists. Animals only for these lists. Carry on...]

Some people might say we here at MTV Multiplayer are bananas for continuing our silly, year-long quest to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.

And you know what? They're right.

This month, we march on by listing some of our favorite monkeys and apes in video games. As always, our judges will later decide their top three picks. And readers, we ask you to weigh in with your favorites as well as ones we've missed. Here we go...

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When I heard about the politically-themed party game "Hail To The Chimp" last year, I was told it was for fans of "The Colbert Report."

In other words, "Hail to the Chimp" is for me. By hiring writers from political comedy mainstays "The Daily Show" and The Onion to pen the game, Mike Wilson, CEO of the game's publisher Gamecock Media, said, "We're specifically going after people who follow politics and find it funny... Only ours is funnier."

But is "Hail To The Chimp" funnier than the "The Colbert Report"? The satirical, late-night talk show features charismatic host Stephen Colbert and his deadpan comedy, wry wit and astute political observations. I watch it every night it's on. And I laugh. A lot.

I took Wilson's words as a challenge. So I conducted an experiment where I measured the laughs I had during the game and the popular TV show. And the "truthiness" may surprise you...

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It's time to let the cat out of the bag.

After our judges and readers have helped us choose the greatest horse, canine, bird, aquatic creature, and reptile/amphibian, this month they helped us decide which virtual feline is the best one of all video games.

Our regular animal judges -- Capcom senior producer Morgan Gray, I Can Has Cheezburger co-founder Tofuburger and Kotaku news editor Leigh Alexander -- are joined by Evan Narcisse, freelance game journalist for Crispy Gamer, Entertainment Weekly and the Washington Post.

And the winner is... Read More...

Even though Multiplayer editor Stephen Totilo tried to torture his own cat with "Wii Fit," we here at MTV really do love our feline friends.

That's why we're continuing our year-long quest to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games with the nominees for the greatest video game cat. The feline champion, decided at the end of the month by our panel of judges and readers, will go on to the final round among the other categories later this year.

And as always, we ask readers to write in their votes for their favorites as well as ones we've missed for consideration. First up...

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