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The Video Game Caring Potential Thread.:
The Shadows Devour You.Here's a place (outside the Troper Tales section) to share your stories about Video Game Caring Potential. Crusader Kings is normally known for the opposite, but it is possible to be a nice person. In my latest game, I've had to let Northumbria and Lancaster go as England, and I've been focussing on peacefully developing the rest of England while trying to minimise warfare to the absolute maximum, which includes letting vassals go if they break away instead of calling up my own vassals to crush them. I've ended up with a demesne of 2 provinces due to falling intrigue; I've given the lands to Williams many sons and daughters instead to make up for it; at least the land stays within the family. I've also saved Deubarth in Wales by vassalising it, declaring war on Gwynedd, and then paying tribute (after a brief invasion of my own) to get them to back down, expanding my kingdom while minimising the bloodshed. (I could've, of course, forced Gwynedd to recognise me as king, but thats sort of missing the point.) I've also refused to go on crusade... my example seems to be holding as a mere duchy has answered the call so far!
The Shadows Devour You.Bump. Seriously, no one has any stories relating to video game caring potential? I ended up reuniting England when the Scots invaded and I persuaded Northumbria to be vassalised again. I even got Brittany, who quit France and accepted an offer to come over to my side (I'm taking the "protector of the smallest" role, expanding by voluntary declarations of allegiance. One of my most common tactics is to vassalise a small duchy at the mercy of a kingdom or emirate, banking on them being desperate enough to seek help, and then using money, threats and then finally all out force to push for a white peace. I stop the war in the minimum amount of time and gain a vassal without having to force the issue, expanding my kingdom and keeping the peace at the same time. So I guess I've gone from idealistic flower child to cynical enforcer of the peace. I've also been actively developing my vassals lands by giving them gifts of money that they then invest in buildings. I've got the tax rate down to 30 for burghers and peasants, could probably lower it more now that I've got more vassals. (Seriously, I'm pulling in 30 gold per month which isn't bad considering its not even 1100 yet.) The economic, peace-focussed approach is really paying off; my lands are way more advanced than France and I've left Scotland and Wales in the dark. William is still alive, he's 65 for heavens sake and still pumping out children right left and centre. I... stopped my last session because something grandly pissed me off. Namely, I made peace with the emirate of Jerusalem after they'd invaded Gwynedd, meaning to simply drive them off the British Isles, when I realised my vassals were charging off to fight in the holy land instead of doing the sensible thing and fighting off the invaders of Wales and costing themselves (and me by proxy) a fortune in the process, not to mention, you know, getting thousands killed, the exact opposite of my goals. Problem is, after I stopped fighting, my vassals continued, and for some reason some of them declared independence. No announcement or explanation, they just seemed to glitch out of my kingdom. I didn't even get a claim on their lands! Call me a cheater but I feel that if there's a game mechanic that isn't properly explained, the games producers can't exactly expect me to just roll on like nothings happened when it puts me in the metaphorical dung-heap. I lost 2 years of progress.
edited 12th May '11 3:08:31 PM by GameChainsaw
Sailing the Skies!In Fire Emblem, no matter what, I won't let anyone die. Even if I'm not using them, or even if I hate them as a character, I won't let them get killed by an enemy.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=13239183440B34964700 Alfric's Fire Emblem Liveblog Encyclopedia!
[insert quip here]This. This is the reason it takes me forever to finish a FE game. I can't let any of them die (it doesn't hurt that most of the death quotes are equal part Tear Jerker and Player Punch). It's one of the reasons Shadow Dragon got some flak from fans; you could only obtain some of the better (and new) units by having a certain amount of your troops die. Also, the dog in the bear trap. Not only does it come back to help you during a certain boss battle, but I LOVE DOGS. Can't let a poor pup like that wallow in pain.
...During the time when Soul Nomad wasn't broken, I usually take care of my units. They need to level up, and I do not want to see them die in battle. Turn-Based Strategy games in general has a LOT of Video Game Caring Potential. Also, Knights in the Nightmare. I only made ONE transoul in the entire game, and I have to make sure that Maria or Mellia / Meria lives at all costs. They're just that cute!
Shutdown sequence initiated.
You can't kill a stone....This. Even if I'm just going to blow away El Gigante with the infinite rocket launcher, I will always help the dog.
Panhandling sign glued to hands. Need $5 for solvent.
In strategy games with no permadeath, the units I generally give lots of upgrades to are the ones that are getting their asses kicked time and time again. Not because this makes strategic sense, but because I start to feel bad for them given their losing streak. Doubly so if they have special quotes when they are defeated.
Screwing BoltBeam users since 2002.Interestingly enough, I also do the whole "don't let anyone die" thing with Fire Emblem... but on (Sacred Stones) that one Ephraim-route ship chapter where you can recruit L'Arachel and Dozla if you can fight past the hordes of enemies in time to reach them (>_>), L'Arachel ended up getting defeated before I could reach her (and Dozla was an idiot)... and I ended up letting it go, since L'Arachel only gets "critically wounded" and is still active in the story (and I already had a healer in full use). So maybe I'm not the most caring player out there...
edited 12th May '11 5:54:38 PM by stardf29
Game Over. Try Again?The sentry turret in the turret redemption line in Portal 2. How can you NOT feel sorry for that poor thing? Only thing is I accidentally missed throwing it to safety, instead throwing it into the infinite abyss. Oops.
edited 13th May '11 5:46:57 PM by Player2isDead
Needs a new signature.
Chew ToyMass Effect 2: I will never bring pick the Renegade option at the end of Overlord. Ever.
The fun ends here.In Spore, I created a peaceful race of shamans, with no violence towards anyone thoughout the entire game.
edited 13th May '11 6:43:05 PM by Locoman
Why, if we were all wiener dogs, then all our problems would be solved!
The Leading ManIf there's an option to make things better for people in a game, I always take it. I don't remember all of my stories, sadly, but there's a lot of them.
KCCOIn New Vegas, I helped a rape victim get therapy. Then took a chainsaw to said rapist, dismembering his limbs and taking his head. Then tossed his carcass in a fire barrel.
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S. Thompson
Sufficiently AwesomeDid the same, only I killed Cook Cook by shooting him in the crotch. In Overlord II, I was willing to sacrifice Lifeforce to bring back high level minions with awesome hats. I wanted my own ugly little Praetorian Guard, dammit.
To Hell with the world and all it's Myriad Peoples!
Lv. 3 Genasi WizardStrange Journey, when taking on Jack's crew, you find out what they've done to the demons... and it was horrifying. Every encounter after that, I promptly shot the humans, negotiated with the remaining demons and let them go free or simply ran. And then when I hit Captain Jack, I literally would not put the game down until I had him beaten and it took a damn long time and a rather unorthodox strategy, but I got it done.
The thing about making witty signature lines is that it first needs to actually be witty.
The Shadows Devour You.I eventually cottoned on in Ristar that the creatures I was killing were under Mind Control. Cue Pacifist Run on Super Mode.
As a young boy playing Final Fantasy VII, I had convinced myself that because choosing certain options throughout the game had an effect on some aspects of the plot, that there had to be some way to stop sector seven from collapsing and save Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie. I spent a lot of time playing through the slums and the wall market over and over, thinking that I could find a way to save the slums. I don't know what convinced me so thoroughly that it would work.
Not Actually IndieIn Final Fantasy Tactics, not only do I not let any of my characters die, on playthroughs since the first, I dismiss all nonessential party members right before the Point of No Return, and steel myself against their pleading so that they don't have to follow me into the world of death, and sacrifice their lives for the cause.
edited 14th May '11 8:06:19 AM by Desertopa
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.
Dead? You thought wrongWhen I chose a dwarf noble for Dragon Age, I couldn't get to the dwarf part because that choice was too hard to make.
Seeing all these piss ant tropers trying to talk tough makes me laugh. If Matrix were here, he'd laugh too.
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.
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