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Raising Sims consist of applying schedules for a game to process, which in turn affects characters in the game, who then develop "on their own" without constant user interference. In this case the character can be a city or population, where it's often referred to as a "God Game". ''Populous'' is remembered fondly by this term.

Other times the target being raised is a single character such as a pet or monster. The player determines what actions are relevant for building what stats, with multiple potential end products, often to be pitted against players.

Occasionally it's a human being being raised to adulthood to be a good adult -- or for other [[DatingSim sketchy purposes]] -- and the endings are concerned with [[MultipleEndings multiple variations of futures]].

A subgenre of SimulationGame and LifeSimulationGame. Compare to {{Mons}}, where raising sim and RPGElements are combined, usually with the raising sim element taking a back seat.
Games where you hold a life of person in your hands! Figuratively.

There are so many of these in Japan, they've been documented [[https://vndb.org/g40 here]].
* ''VideoGame/AlterEgo'' - It takes your character from infancy to old-age, has a focus on making smart decisions and getting the most out of life.
* ''Angel Profile'' (Japanese)
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}} Chii Dake no Hito''. Based on the anime you can take time to raise Chii, see gameplay [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpSm4qpoqsY here.]]
* ''VideoGame/CuteKnight'' is a clear SpiritualSuccessor to ''Princess Maker'', although the focal character is slightly older and the player is no longer explicitly acting as a parent, but more as the girl herself.
** ''VideoGame/CuteKnightKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/CVCastingVoice''
* ''Dear My Sun!!'' (Japanese)
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'', a Japan exclusive arcade and Xbox game, is a massively multiplayer online raising sim that has players guide the career of their chosen IdolSinger, with competitive auditions against other players of the game.
** ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2''
** Similarly, the fan-game ''[[http://rpgmaker.net/games/1240/ Idolcraft]]'' puts you in charge of raising up to six girls to be idols.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', which takes place in a DeadlyDecadentCourt that ''will'' kill your character if you screw up ([[TrialAndErrorGameplay which will happen often]]).
* ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'' (an InteractiveFiction game) does not feature this as gameplay, but as a plot element. The player controls an artificial intelligence who has been raised as a simulated human being.
* ''VideoGame/MyPetProtector [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/undefined/my-pet-protector 1]]'' and ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/undefined/my-pet-protector-2 2]]'' (raising a young man) and ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/HJECobra/project-princess Project Princess]]'' (putting the player in the parental role).
* The ''My Virtual X'' games created by Creator/SatireGames.
* ''Prince Maker - Braveness''
* ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'' (child version)
* ''VideoGame/RealLives''
* ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject'', ''Raising Ayanami'' (child version) -- Gainax milking ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' for everything they can.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** ''VideoGame/TheSims1''
** ''VideoGame/TheSims2''
** ''VideoGame/TheSims3''
** ''VideoGame/TheSims4''
* ''Slavemaker'' is a flash game where, well, you train a girl to become a proper slave.
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* ''Sotsugyou'' (''Graduation'')
* ''Spirited Heart''
* ''Star Dream'' is about raising idols - the second game gets positively meta with this, as the main character (who is working towards super-stardom himself) can meet the protagonist of the original series and become ''her'' manager.
* ''VideoGame/SummerLesson''
* ''VideoGame/TinyTower''
* ''VideoGame/TrillionGodOfDestruction'' has you raise an overlord to try and defeat the eponymous BigBad of the game. Keyword is [[AnyoneCanDie "try"]].
* ''VideoGame/WonderProjectJ'' (robot/child version)

Games where the individual people are de-emphasized, and you instead raise communities of people, generally by changing the environment they live in.
* ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' and its sequel (pet version as well as population version)
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', with a fortress full of alcoholic midgets. The military fit the definition for 'people' as well, using standing monthly orders to develop better soldiers, each assigned one or more weapons to master.
* ''VideoGame/{{Godus}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastFederation'': With the the entire solar system... and five species in it.
* ''VideoGame/MillenniaAlteredDestinies''
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Reus}}''
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (with cities)
** ''VideoGame/SimCity2013''
* ''VideoGame/SimTower''
* ''VideoGame/TinyTower''

Games where you raise non-human creatures. Often {{Mons}}.

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* ''Puppy Love'', the UrExample game on the [[UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} CommodoreAmiga]].
* [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/ambitiousk/can-your-pet Can Your Pet?]] - A DarkerAndEdgier, {{Parod|y}}ic take on the genre.
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* The Chao Gardens from ''VideoGame/SonicPinballParty'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' and sequels have the player breed cute little creatures (Norns) with whom they can interact. Each creature has a unique genetic makeup that affects its behavior and development.
* A Chocobo Raising mini-game is present in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''.
* ''VideoGame/MewGenics!'' features you raising cats, and your actions and behavior -- as well as those of the cats themselves -- have meaningful consequences.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher''
* ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFriendshipGardens''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Petz}}'' games mostly simulate real creatures.
* ''VideoGame/PetZombies'' raise your own pet undead
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMagikarpJump'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in which you train a Magikarp to jump very high]].
* ''Videogame/PSVitaPets''
* ''Pocket Frogs''
* ''VideoGame/RiverKing''
* VideoGame/{{Seaman}}
* VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}, a low-tech version of this.
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'' and several of its more recent sequels, based on the SpearCounterpart to Tamagotchi.