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#1 Posted by Shortstuff925 (8 posts) -

Just like the topic says. We've all had days where nothing that we do goes right for us while gaming. Can't get past an area in a single player game, or can't seem to do well in Call of Duty, its all the same. What do you do to calm down?

#2 Edited by EarlessShrimp (1633 posts) -

I stop playing and boot up something else, or just go do something else for a while then re-approach it. BAM.

#3 Posted by jimmyfenix (3853 posts) -

Play dark souls

#4 Posted by awesomeusername (4174 posts) -

Watch porn.

Nah, I'm kidding.

I kill myself.

#5 Edited by BabyChooChoo (4398 posts) -

Stop playing. Come back later.

#6 Posted by MentalDisruption (1622 posts) -

Hang out with friends, play a different game, or watch some starcraft livestreams.

#7 Edited by Nightriff (4991 posts) -

Listen to a podcast and zone out

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#8 Posted by ProfessorEss (7323 posts) -

No matter how hot I get while playing a game I find it fades pretty instantly upon shutting it off.

#9 Posted by Dethfish (3646 posts) -

I just think about all the real stuff I have to stress about and it takes my mind right off the video game

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I write mean things about it.

#11 Posted by Ekami (256 posts) -

awkwardly tape my controller to the freezer then verbally abuse my cat until I pass out

#12 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

It's real hard, and I imagine it is for many other people too - because I only get really annoyed at a frustrating session if things are already wrong, and I'm trying to play games to calm down.

Otherwise, games don't really frustrate me, but when there's other shit going down, the inconsequential fun that's meant to cheer you up becoming frustrating can be the straw that pisses me off. To calm down I'll sometimes change game, or stop and watch something, or go for a walk, depends.

#13 Posted by Nev (544 posts) -

Play another game, or just keep playing the frustrating game, I guess. Don't really get frustrated at games much. Mildly annoyed, maybe.

#14 Edited by believer258 (11801 posts) -

No matter how hot I get while playing a game I find it fades pretty instantly upon shutting it off.

This. And:

@dethfish said:

I just think about all the real stuff I have to stress about and it takes my mind right off the video game

This.

Have I ever been tensed while playing a game? Certainly, if there were no close calls then gameplay would be boring. That's part of why I really like Nocturne and Etrian Odyssey. But real-life stress that doesn't go away is something completely different. Any stress I feel from a game is relieved by either doing something else or playing a different game.

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#15 Edited by Ekami (256 posts) -

do the splits and then scream into a vase

#16 Edited by Ekami (256 posts) -

push my wife then eat a spider

#17 Edited by Demoskinos (14769 posts) -

Drown some kittens.

#18 Posted by ThePencil (390 posts) -

Excessive violence

#19 Edited by Slag (4251 posts) -

I find hard exercise works the absolute best.

but everything that works for me involves taking a break. Usually leaving the room is a minimum.

#20 Edited by JadeGL (823 posts) -

I usually go do something else for a while. Maybe chill out with a snack or read some stuff online, even just going and doing dishes or something while listening to music or podcasts. Then when I go back to it later. I usually am successful on the first try after just leaving it alone for a bit. Luckily, as I get older I find that kind of stuff bothers me less and less. Life's too short to let a game mess with my mind. Also, I've realized that there is no shame in bumping down the difficulty if its really causing that much frustration.

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#21 Edited by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

I have a different kind of session

#22 Posted by TyCobb (1966 posts) -

Smoke a cigarette. I like to calm down by raising my heart rate. It works pretty damn well.

#23 Edited by StarFoxA (5146 posts) -

Never give up. Never surrender. Never back down. I play to win.

But for real, I go to play a different game or something.

#24 Posted by living4theday258 (679 posts) -

watch anime....

#26 Edited by supamon (1333 posts) -

Change the game or stop and go jogging or something healthy.

#27 Posted by Zekhariah (697 posts) -

Drop the difficulty, or uninstall.

If its an interesting puzzle, that is one thing. But just frustration? No reason to put up with that.

#28 Posted by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -

Beat a hooker.

#1reasonwhy

#29 Edited by ArbitraryWater (11630 posts) -

I stop playing and do something else, because it's a video game and I don't really get invested. The exception is when I play fighting games and get destroyed, I get really unreasonably pissed. Which is why I don't play fighting games online anymore.

#30 Edited by Hunter5024 (5617 posts) -

You humans and your emotions.

#31 Edited by dudeglove (7758 posts) -

Drink

#32 Edited by Ekami (256 posts) -

timidly knock over the jenga tower then pour grape juice on something i love

#33 Edited by Milkman (16669 posts) -

Insult people on the internet.

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#34 Posted by Village_Guy (2546 posts) -

I find the best way is to make a comeback and beat it the section that frustrates you or have a good game if we are talking multiplayer.

But when that isn't happening, I just play something else, or take a short break and get some fresh air and then I'm right back in it.

#35 Edited by Ekami (256 posts) -

point at the sky then pee myself in chilling silence

#36 Edited by jsnyder82 (730 posts) -

@arbitrarywater said:

I stop playing and do something else, because it's a video game and I don't really get invested. The exception is when I play fighting games and get destroyed, I get really unreasonably pissed. Which is why I don't play fighting games online anymore.

The fact that the online portions of those fighting games have been taken over by people who seem to have been playing them non-stop since they were 8 is why I can't play fighting games anymore. It sucks that there doesn't seem to be a mode for people who are just 'okay' at fighting games to play with one another.

The only couple of times I've ever gotten extremely mad at a video game is that "Luigi's Purple Coins" star in Super Mario Galaxy, which I still maintain is fucking impossible to get, and the online mode of Street Fighter IV, because it's simply unfair. When I feel myself starting to get frustrated, I just turn the game off and do something else. Not worth getting mad over. Also, doing something else and coming back to the game often times will be all you need to get past a really frustrating part.

Except for that Luigi star. Fuck that star.

#37 Posted by Vextroid (1390 posts) -

Put down the controller/take my hands off the keyboard and mouse and just walk away.

#38 Edited by Ben_H (3342 posts) -

Lose a lot at Starcraft -> Play more Starcraft, likely continue losing -> repeat until tired

I don't get frustrated otherwise. Most modern single player games are quite easy.

If I get annoyed at anything I work out. I am starting to be Brucie-like, but without the Bull Shark testosterone. Working out takes out all my frustrations and makes me feel great. I look way better too now. I actually look muscular now.

#39 Edited by MeganeAgain (123 posts) -

I stop and go do something else. I'll go for a walk, get some food or something.

#40 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@tycobb said:

Smoke a cigarette. I like to calm down by raising my heart rate. It works pretty damn well.

You're not an asshole Walter, you're just wrong! I smoke too but I went from 3 packs a week to one, and the more I work out the less I find myself grabbing a cigarette.. I now smoke almost exclusively after a meal, after a tough workout (just one cig), or when I drink myself to sleep occasionally.

Not telling you what to do or anything, but smoking is really bad man, you should try and make fetching a cigarette a rarity :)

#41 Edited by therealhowwie (17 posts) -

Two words: whiskey and whiskey.

Or I just compile a list of all the reasons why the game is being frustrating, and then laugh at myself later after I get past whatever it was that was pissing me off.

Then I have some whiskey.

#42 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Positive or negative energy, it's energy all the same. At least when I work out. Since I work out every day, I've no problem putting my frustrations and anger to good use.

#43 Posted by Winternet (8014 posts) -

Go to a video game forum and post about it.

#44 Posted by Linkster7 (1023 posts) -

When I get angry trying to do something in a video game I try it again and again until I fucking do it! Then I allow my self to calm down.

#45 Edited by Ekami (256 posts) -

punch dance my emotions then throw the worst birthday party i can

#46 Posted by therealhowwie (17 posts) -

@seppli said:

Positive or negative energy, it's energy all the same. At least when I work out. Since I work out every day, I've no problem putting my frustrations and anger to good use.

Work... Out?

This concept is foreign to me.

#47 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@seppli said:

Positive or negative energy, it's energy all the same. At least when I work out. Since I work out every day, I've no problem putting my frustrations and anger to good use.

Work... Out?

This concept is foreign to me.

It's a boot-up... of your muscular and vascular systems. It's the pinch of salt, that makes any good day just a little bit better.

#48 Edited by Svenzon (718 posts) -

I shut the game off and think about why I get frustrated. If I come to the conclusion that the game is being cheap or unfair, I usually don't come back. For some reason, I kept coming back to Resident Evil 6 until I'd finished Leon's campaign.

#49 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

I agresively mastabate

#50 Posted by NeoCalypso (159 posts) -

If I'm playing a game where I know I can lose my temper easily if things go badly then I'll listen to ASMR videos in the backround while I'm playing. Super relaxing.