I need your opinion about violence

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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:45 am

I'm building a platform game where the main player will face many challenges to reach the end.
There is one thing that I'm debating with myself, how can I replace the violence in the game with something friendlier.
In the game there will be enemies and the player will kill them and vice versa. I want to create something that everyone can enjoy it, I don't want o limit my game to mature adults.
Super Mario games are pretty good at that because they never face any restrictions.

Please share your opinion!
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:25 am

That would depend on how the player attacks, you can leave the enemy dizzy (with the stars spinning and so) or similar.. but I think the most important is to avoid explicit blood and gore.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:18 pm

It helps to make the enemies distinctively evil or non-human, like evil minions, monsters, robots, etc. That way the violence feels a little more..justified?

Or you can make combat more comical - have enemies fly off the screen instead of exploding or disappearing, use stars or something instead of blood, etc. (In Metroid: Fusion, very few enemies actually die - instead they turn into X parasites and possess other enemies or just fly away)

One other trick that helps with this is enemy re-spawning like in Megaman X or something - nothing actually DIES, just returns to its original position with full health and such. This prevents the level from becoming desolate after killing everything, which could inadvertently make your game seem much darker.Tokinsom2012-10-02 13:24:46
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:42 pm

My main concern are the children. I want to make a interactive game with no violence. Since it's my first real game, I want to have something that everyone can enjoy it.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:55 pm

Perhaps you can create a game where children can create or build things, rather than destroy them.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:01 pm

@Auntie Val I want to do that in the future.
Right now I really want to create a platform game with enemies but I want to minimize the violence.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:03 pm

Could always just...not have the player kill the enemies. Make them more like obstacles; dangerous things to avoid.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:05 pm

Just scare them away perhaps.
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:12 pm

that's a good idea!
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Post » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:36 pm

I can imagine their eyes opening wide with fright, while trembling in fear, and with sweat pouring off their brow before they get away.
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