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Pigs play video games!

Honestly, we’re not bacon this up… But scientists from Purdue University in Indiana, US, have established that pigs can play video games.

Four porkers were put to the test and were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor. Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory (those are the names of this fine swine quartet) were found to understand the connection between their movement on the joystick and action on screen.

Pigs are far-sighted animals and, if you didn’t already know, have no hands or thumbs – so their control of a joystick was “remarkable”, said lead researcher Dr Candace Croney.

The pigs even carried on gaming when a ‘food reward’ dispenser broke. Apparently they kept playing the game when encouraged by some of the research scientists’ kind words.

“This sort of study is important because, as with any sentient beings, how we interact with pigs and what we do to them impacts and matters to them,” lead author Dr Candace Croney said.

Has this story got you pork scratching your head in disbelief? They why not chill out by taking a trot through our gaming consoles and PCs sections? Put yourself to the test and see if you’re better than a pig – but remember if you’re playing with friends or family, don’t hog the joystick!

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