#1 Posted by Anupsis (293 posts) -

When you have had a really bad couple days what game to you like to play to try and relax? I need a game like that right now :) (CANNOT WAIT FOR X COM!)

#2 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5488 posts) -

I don't really play games to relax though I don't get upset either. But there's something about the Starcraft Brood War menu music that makes me feel at home; like it was 10 years ago in a random university lab.

#3 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

I usually pop in Arkham City and run through the combat maps. As of late, though, I've turned to Borderlands 2.

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Angry or sad? Either way, nothing. I just play what I'm already playing.

#5 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

I don't have go-to games when I'm in a foul mood, I just play something. Unfortunately, games don't offer the temporary escape from reality like they used to when I was a kid.

#6 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5488 posts) -

I should note that when a Kangeroo with boxing gloves kicks my high end Dinosaur's ass even though its invincible to everything else I become perturbed enough to not continue playing the Jungle for the rest of the day.

#7 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -

I don't have an upset.

But if you mean when I am upset, I'd say the game I can always go it is Diablo 2.

#8 Posted by AjayRaz (12428 posts) -

i was working with some old computers last week and they annoyed me so much that i threw my hands in the air, said "fuck these computers" and went to go play DOOM.

it has never felt better to play DOOM. ever. so i guess that's one of em. i like to purify my soul by going into a fighting game training mode as well, since it's a nice place to beat up on a dummy while listening to some soothing music in games like SSFIV and more recently, Dead or Alive 5.

#9 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

In the past it was always Rock Band 2. The music would always relax me....even though I mainly played the metal songs. Now that I don't play music games anymore....Civ 4 probably my go to game to relax me.

#10 Posted by Sanity (1907 posts) -

MLB The Show, usually with the audio off and me listening to music or a podcast.

#11 Posted by GoofyGoober (937 posts) -

I don't really play games when I am upset. I usually listen to some music.

#12 Posted by living4theday258 (679 posts) -

Well when Im mad I usually just want to do something that will take my mind off it so I usually play portal 2 but Ive beaten it so many times it doesn't have the same effect anymore

#13 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

when im sad, i cant really get into a game.

if im angry playing a game would probably make me mroe angry, so yeah.

GAMES ARE FOR HAPPY TIME.

#14 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6398 posts) -

When I'm upset I'll play something ultra-violent like prototype, and I will destroy some motherfuckers.

When I'm sad, disappointed, or dejected for whatever reason, I'll turn on a few podcasts and then straighten up my house. Occasionally I'll watch a funny movie or just something to make me laugh and get my mind off of things.

#15 Posted by l3roken (113 posts) -

I play something that doesn't require much commitment so I can just drift away for a while...recently that means torchlight 2 or symphony.

#16 Posted by Anupsis (293 posts) -

@AjayRaz said:

i was working with some old computers last week and they annoyed me so much that i threw my hands in the air, said "fuck these computers" and went to go play DOOM.

it has never felt better to play DOOM. ever. so i guess that's one of em. i like to purify my soul by going into a fighting game training mode as well, since it's a nice place to beat up on a dummy while listening to some soothing music in games like SSFIV and more recently, Dead or Alive 5.

DOOM is a good idea. I'm gonna go play that!

#17 Posted by Genkkaku (735 posts) -

Any Guitar Hero

#18 Posted by HH (610 posts) -

as far as comfort gaming goes it would be elder scrolls, sometimes i turn it on just to go for a wander, but it doesn't work if i'm in a foul mood, for that i'd go to halo, online team slayer doesn't cheer me up or anything, it just centres my brain when i play it, and allows me to vent rage through kills.

#19 Posted by InsidiousBliss (38 posts) -

Something that doesn't require a lot of thought so I can play music in the background. Like Torchlight 2 seems like it would work.

#20 Posted by jkz (4028 posts) -

@HH said:

as far as comfort gaming goes it would be elder scrolls, sometimes i turn it on just to go for a wander, but it doesn't work if i'm in a foul mood, for that i'd go to halo, online team slayer doesn't cheer me up or anything, it just centres my brain when i play it, and allows me to vent rage through kills.

Pretty much the only games that work for distracting me from negative thoughts are online shooters for that exact reason. I can just focus in on a specific set of actions and doing them well, and that's what's best for getting my mind off things

#21 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

When I'm sad, I'll play anything that doesn't involve deep concentration. Bejewelled is good for that, so are things like CiV (which moves so slow that I can take my time). This will also sometimes be a period where I don't want to play any games anyway, though, and I'll do something else with even less interaction. Last time this happened, I fell down a rather dark YouTube hole.

When I'm angry, though, Super Meat Boy. Typically while playing I'll get even angrier, but by the end I'm so worn out I can't even think angry thoughts.

#22 Posted by emem (1968 posts) -

I don't really play games when I'm upset, I usually watch a movie or a TV series to relax.

#23 Posted by Beforet (2922 posts) -

Audiosurf - Some sort of Dragonforce album

#24 Posted by TruthTellah (9116 posts) -

Tetris. It helps everything make sense.

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#25 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

Whatever game I was playing anyway, provided I like it or it's not a fighting game (that would probably make it way worse). I get pretty wrapped up in games so I tend to forget being sad or angry or whatever. It would be more accurate to say when I'm upset, I play games (obviously I play them when I'm okay too). Basically anything that is good escapism is fine with me, not just games.

#26 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Something like Stalker? Basically immersive stuff, that I get into the world of. Usually when I get upset, I watch 30 Rock. Perfect cure. No mushy crap to make me hate the complications of my love life, nothing really applying to my life at all, just brilliant comedy.

And when I'm pissed, I just turn up the music and fume in my anger. I don't really have the luxury of risking further frustration from a game.

#27 Posted by Bzilla56 (25 posts) -

Heavy Rain.

#28 Posted by h0lgr (908 posts) -
@MordeaniisChaos said:

Something like Stalker? Basically immersive stuff, that I get into the world of. Usually when I get upset, I watch 30 Rock. Perfect cure. No mushy crap to make me hate the complications of my love life, nothing really applying to my life at all, just brilliant comedy.

And when I'm pissed, I just turn up the music and fume in my anger. I don't really have the luxury of risking further frustration from a game.

Yeah, I don't really understand how one would survive playing an emotional game while emotionally unstable.
#29 Posted by Irvandus (2879 posts) -

Minecraft, building just relaxes me.

#30 Posted by beeftothetaco (425 posts) -

I'm not sure about mad, but whenever I want to take my mind off something I usually sink a couple of hours into Dark Souls or FTL.

#31 Posted by Soapy86 (2622 posts) -

I don't really have a go-to game for whatever emotions I'm feeling.

#32 Posted by ajamafalous (11997 posts) -

What's at the bottom of this glass

#33 Posted by DarkShaper (1334 posts) -

Minecraft or Tetris normally. 

#34 Posted by wewantsthering (1567 posts) -

When I'm depressed, I play Dreamfall: the Longest Journey.

#35 Posted by Ketchupp (673 posts) -

When I'm angry I play Sniper Elite V2 and fuck up some nazis.

#36 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I generally don't play games when I'm upset.

#38 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

Nothing, last thing I want to do.

#39 Posted by Icemael (6321 posts) -

I haven't been upset in years but if I was I'd probably not feel like playing games.

#40 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1423 posts) -

Minecraft is what i play when im in a bad mood, just taking my off of the problem to build a cool building or contraption is nice

#41 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Stroker

#42 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Civ 5 usually takes me mind off sad stuff.

#43 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

My*

#44 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

Rock Band, though that generally serves to facilitate wallowing in self-pity as opposed to actually helping. But eh.

#45 Posted by Swoxx (3000 posts) -

Well when I'm upset, I don't want to calm down, I want to get rid of agression. War of the roses is excellent for that. Nothing like jabbing your dagger into someones skull repeatedly to have a healthy release of pent up aggression.

:)

#46 Posted by l4wd0g (1952 posts) -

Anything but adversarial online multiplayer.

#47 Posted by huntad (1940 posts) -

I usually just play whatever I have been playing.

#48 Edited by Ben_H (3361 posts) -

Minecraft. That is literally the only time I play Minecraft. When I need to get away from everything I just go and build more stuff for my treehouse in the jungle.
 
Or a game from when I was a kid to bring back happy memories. Roller Coaster Tycoon, SimGolf, maybe the Sims or something. Now that I have a SNES, Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country fit this role well too. I have so many memories playing those games with my cousins as a kid. 
 
I find practicing programming works really well too. I just give myself a goal and see if I can achieve it with the knowledge I have and if not I look stuff up. Focusing on a task calms me down a great deal. 
 
Edit: In reality, I usually just watch old Bob Ross episodes. Nothing like The Joy of Painting to help me chill out.

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#49 Posted by Slag (4402 posts) -

If I'm angry I'll play something with multiplayer to get the aggression out.

If I'm sad I won't play anything.

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