The Idealistic World of Videogame Pacifists

The Idealistic World of Videogame Pacifists "Daniel Mullins is a virtual pacifist in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Felix the Peaceful Monk is his avatar. Daniel is just one of a growing number of virtual pacifists who are either frustrated or bored with videogames’ insistence on violence. Daniel understands that there are people in Skyrim that want him dead but “that doesn’t mean [they] deserve to die."

  1. I spent a number of hours wandering around Skyrim as Hyssop the Pacificistic Herbalist, taking actually a more hardline approach than Felix does on the subject: casting mind control spells on them is assault, dammit; non-lethality is not pacifism, whacking someone with a magic club of peacefulness (as at least one pacifist character did, may or may not have been Felix) is still whacking someone with a magic club.

    What you do is you run. You run like the dickens and refuse to engage the cycle of violence in any way, shape or form.

  2. Of course, that makes it a lot harder to advance the plot.

  3. My favorite thing about the WSJ piece linked in the above article is that they included a stipple portrait of Felix the Peaceful Monk.

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