One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is  a Pacifist Run, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Pacifist Run = A non-lethal play-through of a game.

What It Means: A Pacifist Run is an attempt to complete a game without killing its digital characters. Non-aggressive tactics are used instead of violence, with players using stealth, negotiation and strategy instead.

Why You Care: Pacifist runs are almost always far harder to complete than alternative aggressive strategies. Players will need to be patient and creative in order to pull off such a feat, or may have to resort to modding or hacking the game in order to make it even possible. Pacifist Runs are a popular subject of Let’s Play videos, and completing a pacifist run is regarded as quite an achievement. Some games encourage the player to choose between violent and non-violent options, such as the Deus Ex series, which was an early champion of the concept. Another game often associated with the Pacifist Run idea is the Civilisation series, where the player may choose to take over their enemy’s cities by cultural persuasion, rather than warfare. If a game allows players to choose between violent and non-violent gameplay options, it will be recorded in the Moral Choices section of its GameHub report.

skyrim pacifist run
The Elder Scrolls Skyrim records the number of deaths that have occurred by a player’s hand.

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