It's long been thought that man will eventually be superceded in the hierarchy of life by his own creation: technology. Many movies, from 2001: A Space Odyssey onwards, paint a picture of a future human race dominated by robots and gadgets turning against their creators in the belief that they, in some way, are superior to us. Battlestar Galactica, anyone?
Of course, if the success of Gameloft's Dogz franchise – and the leagues of other games in competition with it – is any kind of gauge, then it's our pets rather than ourselves who should be worried. Dogz 2 bills itself as the ultimate pet simulator, offering you a chance to pick, groom and generally raise your own dog. Yes, it's entirely possible to do all of this in real life, of course – this is no flight of fantasy, but Dogz 2 is a hell of a lot cheaper.