Hey! So I spent yesterday at a youth against violence convention in an expo room I helped set up and organize! The room me and my team put together was about video games, and how not all them are violent and can even be used for social good. The convention itself was a blast, promoting a safe and equal environment for people of every type, and it was wonderful seeing such a diverse and mixed crowd all cheering for the same thing.
At any rate, I wanted to share the list of games we showed! All of them nonviolent, and empathy based. Putting you in another set of shoes to help better understand whatever type of person the game is portraying.
They’re totally free and can even be played right in your browser! Check em out!
Depict1 - An interesting platform that wants you to trust it, despite its deception.
Depression Quest - A text based game that can be described by its title. Play as someone living with depression, and the struggles they face.
Auti-Sim - (Potentially triggering!) See and hear through the eyes and ears of a child with autism in a public environment. Headphones highly recommended for full effect.
Grace’s Diary - A point and click game where you try to remember and gather enough information to confront your friend about their abusive relationship.
Janie’s Sketchbook - The sequel to Grace’s Diary. This time you try to figure out why your relationship is failing by searching for memories and coming to conclusions.
Adventures of Rubberkid - A more kindergarten aged game about bullies. Bounce their insults back and protect people in need!
Closed World - An abstract RPG about homophobia. Rather than attack with weapons or magic, you use passion, ethics, and logic, while trying to maintain your composure in the face crippling hate.