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Paleo Video Game?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Soon it's gonna be my 1 year paleo anniversary. Since nobody else around me does paleo, I'll have to celebrate on my own. And what's better than a video game to have some lonely fun? Sure, video games aren't technically paleo. But it takes away a lot of stress, doesn't it?

What are some good video games that fit into the paleo lifestyle? Feel free to create one yourself...


This is what I've come up with : you're a caveman in an unlimited, open world. The only other creatures are animals (or humans). Your goal is simple : survive. By hunting. By finding berries or other edible plants. Night and day are real-time (like F.lux), so you can't play the game at night unless you find a way to make a fire. Multiplayer would be absolutely awesome.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:38 AM

definitelly the ultimate primitive survival experience one can get from a computer game

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I remember getting crazy angry at the iPhone version : it was SO unfair :D.

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on February 01, 2012
at 08:08 AM

I spent many an hour at school playing this whenever we had computer room time and I could get away with slacking =P. Love, love this game - especially the chinese wall race.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:49 AM

UnReal World is basically exactly what you describe :) See my answer below: http://paleohacks.com/questions/93931/paleo-video-game/94361#94361

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on January 31, 2012
at 07:16 PM

This is probably going to be construed as a bit harsh, but: isn't this COMPLETELY against the point of paleo?! Go LIVE an adventure, and do yourself a favor: throw away the television on your way out.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:29 PM

@DePaw - If you feed two cows in close proximity to one another, they will make offspring. So the secret is to build a fence around 3-4 cows, and then feed them. Soon enough you'll have a herd.

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on January 31, 2012
at 11:26 AM

I find the cows disappear when you go too far from them, otherwise you'd be able to make herds and farm cows and such...

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:34 AM

Spore? It's evolutionarily-focused. At least, the cellular and bestial stages are.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:34 AM

I'll second Minecraft... it's especially fun when you have a server set up.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:04 AM

+1 for Link. The paleo elf.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:04 AM

dude, except that space creeped me out a little, Spore was kick-ass.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:03 PM

http://womball.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jy86d And Ayla from Chrono Trigger.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:33 AM

I would say Link from The Legend of Zelda is pretty Paleo. He eats monster hearts to recover his health and tends to push and lift heavy things.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:04 AM

+1 for Link. The paleo elf.

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E0e8a1ed07605db268945bc898314266

on February 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Guys, you can stop right there. UnReal World is THE Paleo video game. It's basically the OP's dream game - an open-ended survival simulation in the style of a Roguelike (but with actual graphics), set in iron age Finland. It's the labor of love by one Finnish guy for the past 20 years, and I've come back to it every few years or so to some very awesome additions to gameplay and the detail of the world. Here is a video playthrough if you're interested, but don't watch too much of it if you'd rather discover some interesting bits yourself.

You can try the game for free for 10 in-game days, but the full version is only $3. While a lifetime registration for all future updates is $55, it's well worth it in my opinion, since development is steady, and few modern mainstream games are as deep, addictive, and all around fun. Yes, the interface is confusing, but the gameplay is so engrossing that it soon becomes transparent.

And, best of all, it has a quite detailed simulation of your diet, and of course it's paleo as a result of your environment and abilities as a human in the iron age! Technically, you can practice agriculture, but grains aren't as nutritious as salmon!

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:38 AM

definitelly the ultimate primitive survival experience one can get from a computer game

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:52 AM

SPORE!!!! You begin as a small organism in the water and slowly evolve and grow legs to walk on land. Eventually, the game goes to space!!! You can customize your appearance and it's so fun!!!

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 31, 2012
at 04:04 AM

dude, except that space creeped me out a little, Spore was kick-ass.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I dunno, I'm kinda partial to Minecraft as you basically get to completely modify the world around you, you require sustenance and shelter, you get to explore, etc... during the day you hunt, at night you hunker down to prevent getting killed... there is no good or evil, there is just "exist", and the goals of the game vary from player to player... a true "Sandbox" game.

That being said, I always end up Neolithic as I make minecarts and tracks, and usually grow a wheat and sugar cane garden.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:34 AM

I'll second Minecraft... it's especially fun when you have a server set up.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

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on January 31, 2012
at 11:26 AM

I find the cows disappear when you go too far from them, otherwise you'd be able to make herds and farm cows and such...

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:29 PM

@DePaw - If you feed two cows in close proximity to one another, they will make offspring. So the secret is to build a fence around 3-4 cows, and then feed them. Soon enough you'll have a herd.

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on January 30, 2012
at 08:49 PM

If you're talking caveman games, you can't forget about "Bonk"...

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Super Meat Boy is also pretty paleo (although you might say he's more "primal")...

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on January 31, 2012
at 08:45 AM

God of War series. Kratos is no chef, but makes enough chopped liver and minced meat to feed a village.

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Cro-Mag Rally...

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on February 01, 2012
at 08:08 AM

I spent many an hour at school playing this whenever we had computer room time and I could get away with slacking =P. Love, love this game - especially the chinese wall race.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I remember getting crazy angry at the iPhone version : it was SO unfair :D.

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on January 31, 2012
at 08:54 AM

It would have to be pong the original video game.

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:45 AM

So doing the drum circle at Macworld last weekend (it's a cool, paleo-ish experience) reminded me of a game I played a while back called Patapon. It's basically a rhythm game except it's more free-form in that you are directing a tribe of creatures as their god via drum beats. So patapatapatapon = move forward, ponponpatapon = attack, an so on. After every input, they also respond with their variation of the beat and as you do better, the music becomes more complex.

Over the course of the stages, you gather meat and other ingredients from the animals/enemies you defeated to spawn more tribe members or get better equipment.

Here's a video of the first game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAdbCIdNg4A

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I actually make 3d models for games. I'm trying to get employed in teh game industry although I may be getting a film job soon. I love to take this model

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=womball#/d489tjt

Joe from Joe and Mac into 2.5d game. I grew up playing sidescrollers so I have a soft spot for them.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 30, 2012
at 09:03 PM

http://womball.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jy86d And Ayla from Chrono Trigger.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 01, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Nobody mentioned chuck rock either.

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on February 01, 2012
at 06:21 AM

other ideas that haven't been mentioned yet:

Donkey Konga

Deer Hunter or any sequel/knockoff

Duck Hunt

Turok

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:53 PM

World of Warcraft. I refuse to use any healing item that has gluten in it. Screw you Spice Bread, I don't need your healing buff of 61HP over 18 seconds!

/nerd

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