The Sims 4 Now Has Good Dogs, Brent

The Sims 4 Now Has Good Dogs, Brent
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The Sims 4 expansion Cats & Dogs comes out tomorrow. When you check out the new town, Brindleton Bay, you may notice a family that seems a little familiar.

Dog Rates is an incredibly wholesome Twitter account that tweets out pictures of dogs, and then gives them a rating. Every dog is a great dog, so usually these ratings break the scale:

People love this account, and it has over four million followers. Dogs are cute! Then, along came Brant, who took issue with their methodology for rating dogs.

“They’re good dogs Brent” became a meme – Dog Rates even sells merch with the phrase on it. It’s such a commonly-repeated phrase that sometimes we even say it to each other at the Kotaku office when a coworker is trying to harsh our buzz. So when I loaded up the Sims 4 expansion Cats & Dogs for the first time, I noticed something familiar.

Meet Brent and Brant, who live in the new town of Brindleton Bay. They have a heckin’ good dog, a pug named Rosie.

The name of the lot they live on is even called “It’s A Good House”.

In terms of video game references to internet memes, this one is better than average. I give it an 11/10.


  • I guess I’m meme-tarded or something, but what’s with the title-“Cats & Dogs”? Is that a typo, or do I just not get it?

    • Oh I get it, in comments it changes from Cats & _a_m_p Dogs (underscores to prevent it doing it) to just Cats&Dogs. What gives? Is Gita writing her articles in the comments section? This is weird and hurting my tiny, battle-scarred brain.

      • Ampersand is a special character in HTML, & is the escaped version. Instead of the browser saying ‘I see an ampersand, look after it for special code’, it says ‘I see an ampersand with special code that tells me to actually render an ampersand’.

        As for why it shows up that way, it’s basically double escaping. The original article would have said & which translated to &, but when the article got imported to the AU website it tried to escape the & at the start of & and turn it into & which the browser then renders as & as you see above.

        TLDR: It’s special HTML code and the import process from the US to AU site messed it up.

  • It’ll be a good update. Unless you’ve played previous Sims and you had other animals. But hey, no reason to put in EXTRA work, right EA? Just sell us the Horses and Parrots update next year!

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