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13th Aug '17 11:22:47 AM jtierney50
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* The non-lethal runs of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' always have better endings for Corvo, Emily, and Dunwall than if you run around killing everyone you meet. This is seen most of all through Emily's actions towards you - in low chaos, her drawings will show Corvo maskless, [[spoiler:labeled "Daddy"]], while the same drawings in high chaos will feature masked Corvo brutally killing people.
1st Aug '17 6:43:41 AM IsadorLevi
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has numerous examples, but some of the most noteworthy include helping a young Sheikah girl learn how to cook her dead mother's recipes, gathering people from across Hyrule to build a new community (including two of them who end up getting married), and helping the wandering minstrel Kass figure out the meaning behind the land's ancient songs so that he can return to his family [[spoiler: and fulfil his teacher's last wish to help out the legendary hero]].
29th Jul '17 9:28:01 PM Berrenta
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* The HGame VisualNovel ''Life with a Slave: Teaching Feeling'' is literally "VideogameCaringPotential: The Game". You play as a small city doctor who one day is visited by a wandering merchant whose life you had once saved who has come to repay his debt to you. He entrusts you with a [[TheWoobie small, horrifically abused former slave girl]] called Sylvie whose former master (now deceased) used to torture her daily for fun, leaving her with grotesque acid burns all over her body. The entire focus of the game is caring for her, repairing her damaged psyche with kindness, compassion and [[MemeticMutation head pats]] and, as the name suggests, teaching her to feel again, until she learns to be happy, hopeful and eventually fall in love with you. It's in fact ''mandatory'' to treat her this way as, although you start out being given options to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential treat her poorly, or even rape her right off the bat]], these are all traps as treating her in any way other than pure kindness will lead to her unavoidably [[IncurableCoughOfDeath catching a cold]] [[DownerEnding and dying]][[note]]This can lead to the almost laughably tragic scenario where she dies because you bought her sandwiches for lunch when you took her to the restaurant rather than pancakes[[/note]]. It's also worth noting that, although the game is a [[HGame hardcore eroge]] with a big emphasis on sexual content (once you reach the stage where she's both willing and able to freely consent to it), there are several people who have reportedly played it by actually rejecting her advances, skipping ''all'' the sexual content, getting Sylvie to call them "Daddy" and raising her as their ''daughter,'' because she's just ''that'' {{Moe}}.[[note]]Later versions have [[AscendedMeme even acknowledged this]], as when you get to the stage where you can choose to choose something else for Sylvie to call you other than "Master", if you put in something like "Daddy" or "Papa" she'll wonder aloud whether this means you think of her like a daughter.[[/note]]

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* The HGame VisualNovel ''Life with a Slave: Teaching Feeling'' is literally "VideogameCaringPotential: "Video Game Caring Potential: The Game". You play as a small city doctor who one day is visited by a wandering merchant whose life you had once saved who has come to repay his debt to you. He entrusts you with a [[TheWoobie small, horrifically abused former slave girl]] called Sylvie whose former master (now deceased) used to torture her daily for fun, leaving her with grotesque acid burns all over her body. The entire focus of the game is caring for her, repairing her damaged psyche with kindness, compassion and [[MemeticMutation head pats]] and, as the name suggests, teaching her to feel again, until she learns to be happy, hopeful and eventually fall in love with you. It's in fact ''mandatory'' to treat her this way as, although you start out being given options to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential treat her poorly, or even rape her right off the bat]], these are all traps as treating her in any way other than pure kindness will lead to her unavoidably [[IncurableCoughOfDeath catching a cold]] [[DownerEnding and dying]][[note]]This can lead to the almost laughably tragic scenario where she dies because you bought her sandwiches for lunch when you took her to the restaurant rather than pancakes[[/note]]. It's also worth noting that, although the game is a [[HGame hardcore eroge]] with a big emphasis on sexual content (once you reach the stage where she's both willing and able to freely consent to it), there are several people who have reportedly played it by actually rejecting her advances, skipping ''all'' the sexual content, getting Sylvie to call them "Daddy" and raising her as their ''daughter,'' because she's just ''that'' {{Moe}}.[[note]]Later versions have [[AscendedMeme even acknowledged this]], as when you get to the stage where you can choose to choose something else for Sylvie to call you other than "Master", if you put in something like "Daddy" or "Papa" she'll wonder aloud whether this means you think of her like a daughter.[[/note]]
28th Jul '17 4:46:30 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' (''Civilization'' [[RecycledINSPACE in space]]), Democratic Politics gives a boost to Growth and Efficiency, which you can combine with Knowledge Values and Cybernetic Future Society to achieve a Paradigm Economy (i.e. maximum Efficiency) with pretty much every faction (even the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Peacekeeping]] [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Forces]]), meaning you can run a very large empire with ''far'' less money lost to corruption than under any other system, or combine with Planned Economics and Eudaimonic Future Society (which is basically Videogame Caring Potential in the form of a Social Engineering option) to get to a state of Population Boom (i.e. maximum Growth), which is a GameBreaker. (The direct boost to income is provided by Free Market Economics.)

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*** In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' (''Civilization'' [[RecycledINSPACE in space]]), Democratic Politics gives a boost to Growth and Efficiency, which you can combine with Knowledge Values and Cybernetic Future Society to achieve a Paradigm Economy (i.e. maximum Efficiency) with pretty much every faction (even the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Peacekeeping]] [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Forces]]), meaning you can run a very large empire with ''far'' less money lost to corruption than under any other system, or combine with Planned Economics and Eudaimonic Future Society (which is basically Videogame Caring Potential in the form of a Social Engineering option) to get to a state of Population Boom (i.e. maximum Growth), which is a GameBreaker. (The direct boost to income is provided by Free Market Economics.)
16th Jul '17 3:34:00 PM Twiddler
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* In ''[[VideoGame/ChoiceOfGames Choice of Broadsides]]'', you can become good friends (and even lovers if you take the GayOption!) with Villeneuve, an [[FriendlyEnemy honorable pirate]]. If you do so and have high enough combat skills, you can choose to merely disarm him/her instead of outright killing him/her, upon which he/she will surrender voluntarily and say that if he/she has to give up his/her ship, [[WorthyOpponent at least it's to you]]. Tends to be much more satisfying than just offing him/her.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/ChoiceOfGames ''[[Creator/ChoiceOfGames Choice of Broadsides]]'', you can become good friends (and even lovers if you take the GayOption!) with Villeneuve, an [[FriendlyEnemy honorable pirate]]. If you do so and have high enough combat skills, you can choose to merely disarm him/her instead of outright killing him/her, upon which he/she will surrender voluntarily and say that if he/she has to give up his/her ship, [[WorthyOpponent at least it's to you]]. Tends to be much more satisfying than just offing him/her.
6th Jul '17 3:44:15 AM GuyIncog
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** ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' - who would follow [[spoiler:Malik the VTOL pilot's advice to leave her to attacking mercs after being shot down]]? Players have [[RoaringRampageOfRescue outright abandoned]] their [[PacifistRun pacifist runs]] without regret to [[spoiler:save her]], either because non-lethal takedowns weren't getting the job fast enough or because ''those bastards deserved it''.

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** * ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' - who would follow [[spoiler:Malik the VTOL pilot's advice to leave her to attacking mercs after being shot down]]? Players have [[RoaringRampageOfRescue outright abandoned]] their [[PacifistRun pacifist runs]] without regret to [[spoiler:save her]], either because non-lethal takedowns weren't getting the job fast enough or because ''those bastards deserved it''.


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** When discussing Megan's death with her mother, you have the option to spare her the most gruesome details, telling her simply, "She didn't suffer," and to return a bracelet of Megan's that had been taken as evidence. Unlike above, neither of these actions grants any additional XP or tangible bonus - in fact, there is a hidden achievement for ''not'' returning Megan's bracelet.
** One side quest in Hengsha involves tracking down a young woman whose social enhancement aug was paid for by the Triads and convincing her to either pay that month's debt installment/extortion fee or return the chip. After locating her, you have the option to pay the balance of her debt out of your own pocket.
6th Jul '17 2:55:54 AM GuyIncog
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** A couple of the achievements in ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops II]]'' are awarded for preventing harm to various NPCs. Most notably, there is one for saving all the civilians being assaulted by out-of-control Panamanian soldiers in "Time and Fate"... [[EvenEvilHasStandards while playing as]] the BigBad, no less!

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** A couple of the achievements in ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops II]]'' are awarded for preventing harm to various NPCs.[=NPCs=]. Most notably, there is one for saving all the civilians being assaulted by out-of-control Panamanian soldiers in "Time and Fate"... [[EvenEvilHasStandards while playing as]] the BigBad, no less!
6th Jul '17 2:47:35 AM GuyIncog
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** In the Vorkuta level in ''Black Ops'', you'll face several times your prisoner allies being clubbed down by the guards. You've the potential to try to save them by stabbing the guards with your shiv to death. The sad part however is that no matter as fast as you try to be, the prisoners dies anyway.

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** In the Vorkuta level in ''Black Ops'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'', you'll face several times your prisoner allies being clubbed down by the guards. You've the potential to try to save them by stabbing the guards with your shiv to death. The sad part however is that no matter as fast as you try to be, the prisoners dies anyway.anyway.
** A couple of the achievements in ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops II]]'' are awarded for preventing harm to various NPCs. Most notably, there is one for saving all the civilians being assaulted by out-of-control Panamanian soldiers in "Time and Fate"... [[EvenEvilHasStandards while playing as]] the BigBad, no less!
27th Jun '17 10:00:09 AM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' provides players with numerous opportunities to bend the rules to help others out ([[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished although doing so]] [[BeingGoodSucks can often cost you money]]):
** You'll occasionally come across a migrant who lacks the proper paperwork, but has an important reason to immigrate to your country (their husband got in, they need back surgery only available in your country, etc.). You can grant them access. Just be prepared for a citation.
** Early on, a sex worker will leave you a note telling you that she is worried about another man in line who wants to force her into slavery. If you want, you can detain him. Better still, doing so does not lead to a citation.
** Halfway through the game, a guard asks you for a favor: [[spoiler:a girl he met while serving abroad is coming over, and he really wants you to let her in.]] You can grant him his request, but you will be cited.
** Late in the game: [[spoiler:your sister is arrested, and her daughter is put up for adoption. Taking her in means one more mouth to feed, but at the very least you'll be given your sister's savings.]]
6th Jun '17 7:02:12 PM Nicoaln
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* This is invoked in ''VideoGame/AmazonTrail'':
** At one point, you encounter Teddy Roosevelt who has developed a fever from an infected wound, and you give him a medicinal plant (or [[AntiFrustrationFEatures a medkit, since it's possible to have used, lost, or accidentally traded the medicinal plant by that point]]).
** One person you encounter, when you offer to trade, says "I only have this gold staff to offer" and of course - since their boat is out of food, the right thing to do is to give him anything edible.
** Another woman will say "I don't have anything to offer" when you offer to trade with her - naturally if you give her a map, she will say "Thank you!" because it helps her find what she's looking for.
** Said gold staff becomes a ChekhovsGun when you find out it's an Incan artefact and trade it to an Incan person, who is glad that you have given an artefact back to his people.
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