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First Person Hugger Game

A variation of "first person shooter" video games.
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My young nephew who worked as a video game designer for years is starting his own video game company. His first game consists of building weaponry systems, blowing things up and killing bad guys which is great, but I'm going to suggest that nobody has ever made a video game to demonstrate why we like violent video games.

Enter "Kindness Warrior" the first "first person hugger" game where you travel through various scenes and make people feel better. Hugs are just one way you can do it, but you can say kind things to people in distress, feed hungry stray animals, give homeless people a sandwich etc.

I think that this would be useful only as a demonstration of why we are naturally aggressive and prone to fight rather than get along as it would get boring pretty quick. It might well be the least successful video game in history which might be kind of cool.

Or would it? Maybe it would feel good to accumulate "kindness points". As far as I know this has never been tried.

Just send the idea to my nephew. Haven't heard back yet.

doctorremulac3, Jan 30 2021

+++ All Things Strive +++ https://www.goodrea...ut-stopped-when-hex
"THINGS HAVE NO DESIRES." [8th of 7, Jan 30 2021]

Guardian: The Tearoom Game https://www.theguar...y-norms-robert-yang
Stretching the definition of "kindness" here, but if you're wondering about games that nobody else has thought of, this might be of tangental (if NSFW) interest. [zen_tom, Jan 30 2021]

Team Fortress 2 : Meet the Medic https://www.youtube...watch?v=36lSzUMBJnc
This is all cutscenes, but in-game the medic runs around squirting health-replacing plasma at their team-mates using a kind of health fire-hose type contraption. [zen_tom, Jan 31 2021]

This would be the gun to start all the hugging https://hitchhikers...i/Point_of_View_gun
Needs adapting as only holder shoots perspective. [wjt, Jan 31 2021]

The Toys of Peace https://literature....i/The_Toys_of_Peace
It's been baked... in fiction, at least. [Cuit_au_Four, Jan 31 2021]


       // why we are naturally aggressive and prone to fight rather than get along //   

       "Human history is the story of scarce resources that have competing uses".   

       Also, <link>.
8th of 7, Jan 30 2021

       Despite all the Hollywood versions, not sure how many games have you saving the hostage and all the fringe benefits.
4and20, Jan 30 2021

       If "No Russian" is the FPS red-line, it would be interesting to imagine what an equivalent would be in this emotion- reversal. I remember reading about a super weird game out there where you give furtive blowjobs to cowboys in rest- rooms, but I don't think that's what you would have been thinking about when you reference "acts of kindness" - still, I do think there are many more normal examples of games where kindness is the primary virtue - though I can't think of any others that use the first person mechanic.
zen_tom, Jan 30 2021

       (zen) Thank you for the NSFW warning, I do appreciate that.   

       Are there games with an element of camaraderie and helping other warriors you're doing battle alongside between killing bad guys and blowing up zombies?   

       Was sort of kidding about this but adding a game dimension where you have to chose between saving a comrade, sort of investing in your co- warriors, and just fighting on might add an interesting dimension. Helping a fallen soldier so he can help you kill stuff. That's SORT of kind.   

       Don't know how you'd do it, maybe actually sewing up a slash wound, administering plasma, pulling out an arrow, binding the wound or something?
doctorremulac3, Jan 30 2021

       In Team Fortress 2, there's a character-class called the Medic who's main role is to act as a health-giver to other team members, they can shoot folks, but team health is their primary role.
zen_tom, Jan 31 2021

       And in Among Us, a top-down multiplayer game, the game is to work as a team to identify the imposter. Imposters *look* like other players, but can kill them. It's an imbalanced dynamic, players outnumber the imposter, and can vote to throw them out of the airlock on achieving a majority vote, but are individually powerless against him/her.   

       Another game that might be of interest is the asymetric horror game "Dead By Daylight" where one player is a homicidal maniac, and the remaining players are horror movie teens. The maniac wants to sacrifice each of the teens on some occult altar to summon a demon, but can only chase them down one at a time. Meanwhile, the teens can try and save one another before they're either all dead, or daylight comes. I've not played it, but there's very much a team element (if you're on the "teen" side).   

       Lots of the FPS multiplayer games have dynamics like these come to think of it, where a "win" is awarded to the team, rather than to an individual - so there's a fair amount of. that. Counterstrike comes to mind where sometimes you might do something you'd not normally do if it's going to help out your team.
zen_tom, Jan 31 2021

       I like that.   

       Haven't played video games since I tallied how many hours a month I was playing Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, a game from 2009. Occurred to me I've got a wife and kids to support and a business to run and I'm spending a couple of hours a day playing a video game.   

       Created a video game with a buddy of mine back in flip phone days. Still have it in a drawer someplace, but with my addictive personality I gotta stay away from addicting stuff like video games, booze, binge watch shows. Pretty much all the stuff that everybody else does for fun.
doctorremulac3, Jan 31 2021

       Travel to hot global problems armed with a 'point of view' sniper rifle or hand gun. A recording of the desired perspective has to loaded with a record shot. In group conflicts, a large proportion of the people have to be swapped. Don't double up people because they just get more entrenched. Hit the leaders with each other for faster resolution.   

       How would a crime boss react with the perspective from a distraught mother of a slave prostitute?
wjt, Jan 31 2021

       Hey! A Hitchhiker's guide reference!   

       Best 5 part trilogy ever written. Well, the first few anyway.
doctorremulac3, Jan 31 2021

       Yes, recorded the radio plays onto cassette tape from the National programme.
wjt, Jan 31 2021

       Read the first 3 books two or three times when I was a kid.   

       Then years later tried to read it to my young daughter until I realized the characters were drunk most of the time.   

       But Marvin is my favorite character in all literature.
doctorremulac3, Jan 31 2021

       Everyone brings their own overlays. Words can't describe everything. Someone could even write a whole story on one backward planet in the HHGTTG spacetime.
wjt, Jan 31 2021

       + love and kindness
xandram, Jan 31 2021

       Could there be a "First-Person Face-Hugger Game" using the creatures from Alien ?
8th of 7, Jan 31 2021

       //Marvin is my favorite character//   

       He won't thank you for that, you know.   

       Nothing good will come of favoritism, you know.   

       Or character.
pertinax, Jan 31 2021

       LOL, I'm sure he'd say:   

       "I understand the standard protocol for such a compliment from a human is to say "Thank you" but unfortunately my lie circuits were never fully functional so I'll say, with all sincerity that I absolutely loath you. However if it makes you feel any better I don't see any reason to loath you more than any other human, but that being said, I haven't processed any data about your specifics. With a bit more research, I'm sure I could loath you even more."
doctorremulac3, Feb 01 2021

       ^ Definitely needs to be read in Alan Rickman's dead-pan voice.
neutrinos_shadow, Feb 01 2021

       Or literature.
pertinax, Feb 01 2021

       Vote for drremulac3's idea   

       Give the good doc a good feeling and vote for First Person hugger game   

       A great idea from a great person deserves a great reception.   

       Besides, it turns out that Remulac is the name of a village in France. A village, according to the Urban Dictionary is the description of something not fully developed or advanced, which is exactly what the Halfbakery is about, and France according to the same Urban is a place that regularly accepts pastry.
pashute, Feb 03 2021

       Pash, you actually made me smile.   

       I'm going to pay it forward and do something nice for somebody outside my family today. Not sure what. It'll be my little challenge.
doctorremulac3, Feb 03 2021

       Forte: "Vote for drremulac3's idea!"   

       Piano: "I am drremulac3's idea, and I approve this message."   

       OK, OK, I'll vote for it. [+]
pertinax, Feb 04 2021


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