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Piotyr

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Good Non-violent games
« on: June 09, 2017, 12:45:09 pm »
So I recently got Hover:Revolt of gamers and it got me thinking "Man there is no real violence in this game, if you get caught by the police they don't even hurt you just capture you in an orb!" so I started thinking of other non violent games.
First thing that comes to mind is early mainline Harvest moon games, no really violence in there, they don't even slaughter the farm animals they just buy them off you!
Jet set radio doesn't count because the bad guys shoot you, while you are non-violent they sure are!
Oh and lets just ignore sports games, too easy.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 01:34:49 pm »
I was going to say "puzzle games are probably too easy too" but I'd like to at least highlight The Talos Principle as something both serene and introspective.

Super Motherload also. It's about digging.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 03:21:55 pm »
Just a handful of fun ones off the top of my head:
  • Sutte Hakkun
  • California Games
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Uniracers
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Puzzle Bobble
  • Sim City
  • Cameltry / On The Ball
  • Pilotwings

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 03:35:34 pm »
Pick any rhythm game, but before you do, think of the poor note icons/markers/symbols. :-\ Some rhythm games don't have those but a lot of them do.

I am a huge fan of Project DIVA, a line Hastune Miku-themed and licensed rhythm games. Future Tone is the most recent and best game in the series if you're asking my opinion.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 04:24:30 pm »
I'm just now realizing how few non violent games I have :huh:

Hamtaro: HamHam Heartbreak, I second Cameltry,  the Just Dance series,  Minecraft (potentially),  Snipperclips, Monopoly, OFF.



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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 05:26:37 pm »
Channelling the much missed Tharthan there Piotyr?

Pick any rhythm game, but before you do, think of the poor note icons/markers/symbols. :-\ Some rhythm games don't have those but a lot of them do.

I am a huge fan of Project DIVA, a line Hastune Miku-themed and licensed rhythm games. Future Tone is the most recent and best game in the series if you're asking my opinion.
pata pata pata pon

More seriously I did wander into the non violent game contemplation world one day, since then about 50 seconds into https://vimeo.com/88875103 plays in my head every time. That or the sand was very evil scene from Generation Kill ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ9FCRTFezY ).
Violence is a hard thing to nail down. Is it excessive force? Is it any conflict at all?

    PaRappa the Rapper
What about the scene where he learns martial arts?
    The Secret of Monkey Island
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K91Lkz4XXFI
Though technically you do use your words...
    Sim City
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65rW_SIzg0
    Pilotwings
James Bond's Gyrocopter had rockets, you might recreate that scene. Save people a search https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvbbQaIoaSM

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 06:32:51 pm »
@FAST6191  Even the original Pilotwings had an intermediate level where you had to fly an armed helicopter and infiltrate a base to save your teachers.  You'd like drop bombs and stuff.  It was completely out of place in that game.   :laugh:

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 07:50:53 pm »
Chex Quest 3 is a rarity in that it's a kid friendly FPS, if that counts as non-violent.  The whole point is to teleport enemies elsewhere.  All of them are around for free now, and you can even deathmatch with people.  Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch is far more popular for multiplayer though, and is exactly as violent as the mainline NES series (minus some mods).

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2017, 12:16:21 am »
Just a handful of fun ones off the top of my head:
  • Sutte Hakkun
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Pilotwings

1/ Enemies, spikes, stuff that crushes you
2/ You die and go to hell at one point
3/ Still has violence
4/ Anytime the planes crashes over, you can bomb stuff

My picks:

Wave Racer
The Wagyan Land platformer series (last one on SNES looks gorgeous)
Pieces / Jigsaw Puzzle
Cu-On-Pa
Marble Madness
Art Style games
Anything with falling blocks (Tetris, Puyo Puyo, Dr Mario, Puzzle Bobble and their many variants/clones)
Many point and click games (adventure games besides the plot, spot the difference games, finding stuff in the pictures...)
Hudson's puzzle series for the Nintendo DS

I don't understand why you want to exclude sport games and simulation games.
A NGE-themed tamagotchi game where you raise that adamu embryo exists, and many sport games have realistic violence.

If a tiny bit of violence was tolerated, like enemies disappearing in a poof of smokes or sparkle,
I would add Kirby games, The Legendary Starfy (5), and Stafy 4.
Not the earlier games in that series since the plot doesn't shy away from violence, what's probably fish porn (really), domestic violence, death, juvenile death, reanimated dead antagonists just long enough to die again in moving scenes. There would be no way NoA in the nineties would bring these over.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 05:23:22 am »


There is no killing in Sonic The Hedgehog, nobody bleeds, nobody dies, Sonic can get killed but even when he falls off the screen he reacts the same as when he is struck without shield/rings or is smushed by an object. BOWMMMM!! And a shocked looking sonic flies into the air, hands and feet in an X shape, eyes wide as saucers, then flies straight down, and there's not even any music to make you feel bad, the music just starts back over and the next life begins. (That made losing a life of almost any kind easy to program didn't it)

Sonic's enemies are actually his friend animals, trapped in robots by the evil Dr. Robotnik and I'm starting to sound like the instruction manual.

Anyhoo, when Sonic ices a badnik, his animal friend jumps out of it and flies/hops away. Even if they hit water or lava (!) they are fine. Robotnik himself never actually gets hurt, only his devices get damaged, except at the very end of the game, where you have the choice to let him fly off or to take him out of the sky, and even then it doesn't show him crashing, nor is any injury to him implied.

... That was something Sega made a point of letting people know went into the development process' planning stage, when they did a feature in Electronic Gaming Monthly right before the game released. They intended to make a game that was intrinsically as non-violent as possible, without taking all danger out of the game.
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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2017, 05:26:46 am »
To be fair a violent act can result is no death happening, Robotnik/Eggman gets a nice little cartoony blackface from explosions. In my opinion Sonic is violent in the same way Football is violent, someone is getting hurt but no real lasting injury is done (Hopfully).

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2017, 12:41:50 am »
Anything with falling blocks (Tetris, Puyo Puyo, Dr. Mario, Puzzle Bobble and their many variants/clones)

Not even all of these are without violence...

Dr. Mario has you killing viruses with the pills, for example.

Also, Super Puzzle Fighter has your characters beating each other senseless whenever you bust gems.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2017, 02:36:08 am »
Also, Super Puzzle Fighter has your characters beating each other senseless whenever you bust gems.
Because it's parodying Street Fighter, which by the way, could almost be called non-violent as martial arts are sports, and as long as each fighter respects the rules - which they do - is fighting for sport and not for beating the crap out of your opponent.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2017, 10:21:58 am »
in the same way Football is violent, someone is getting hurt but no real lasting injury is done (Hopfully).

Except the repeated hits and concussions from football cause brain damage and significantly shorten players' lifespan.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2017, 01:22:54 pm »
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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2017, 01:46:06 pm »
SimCity 2000 is pretty much non-violent, unless you want it to be.
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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2017, 02:30:25 pm »
Presentable Liberty is nonviolent, all violence takes place off screen committed by other characters, your main character doesn't get the chance to see or commit any act of violence at any time, being locked in a small room almost the entire game.

Katamari is as well, if you buy into The King of the Cosmos says about people enjoying being rolled up.
Noby Noby Boy from same developer is also even more nonviolent as far as I played, with people even cheering and riding the Boy.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2017, 06:24:24 pm »
Oh, I see.  You mean that kind of non-violent.  Nerf Arena Blast is probably the only FPS to go this way.  Everything shoots nerf balls/darts.  A person gets hit and loses enough "health," they stomp their feet, pout, and respawn as if their points had just run out.  Everyone wears some kind of padded suit.  Well, I haven't seen anyone get hurt by the foam used in these alone.  Oh, and it has a community that's updated it to run on newer machines and stuff.

You might also want to take a look at digital representations of board games, Ticket to Ride is especially good and you can find it on about any computer and mobile device.  The SNES version of Monopoly isn't bad either.

And the RollerCoaster Tycoon games!  ...Sort of, as long as you don't accidentally put a peep in the wrong place.  3 had extra bars to prevent you from hurting anyone.
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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2021, 04:05:22 am »
Katamari is as well, if you buy into The King of the Cosmos says about people enjoying being rolled up.
Actually, it's funny, but Keita Takahashi, the director of the first two games, actually made the series in response to people claiming that video games were too violent. Also, now that it's brought up, the first game was actually rereleased on Switch and PC with a better resolution of at least either 1080p or 4k, while retaining Japanese audio in all regions.

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Re: Good Non-violent games
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2021, 03:56:13 pm »
Since this got boosted back up, here are a few more I've found over the years:

Jaipur: This is a two-player card game that revolves around a sort of arab trader duel.  You basically compete to make big sells of cards and acquire a lot of camels.  You really lose absolutely nothing by buying this digitally and gain the ability to play it in single player.

Project Highrise: This is pretty much a modern indie SimTower.  Has everything from scenarios to managing your own, and there's a bunch of optional DLC that can either give you more scenarios or cool things to add to your towers.  You can even run your tower as even a hotel/tourism place with music performers.  I find this easier to manage than the original while still keeping most of the feeling, and it's available on more modern platforms than the original with no Japan only content.

Noobow: A cute game boy game that was translated by Stardust Crusaders.  There is nothing violent here, you just solve a bunch of puzzle platform things to help animals.  The star is a chocolate mascot.

Zaccaria Pinball: Straight older pinball.  Unlike just about any other digital pinball offering most of these don't really have that flair of "defeat the bad guy" or "hit that guy with the ball."  It's all just straight zoning out and scoring big on targets.  There's only one table with any violence, and that's a zombie arena thing that you must pay extra for.
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