What Games Do You Play to Relieve Stress?

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#1  Edited By chinakat

Recently I just broke up with my girlfriend. Without going into too much detail (like you guys care anyways) suffice it to say that it was stressful. So, I started thinking about ways to relieve my stress and I figured "why not play some games?" It takes your mind off things, you are engaged, and it's entertaining. Now, games aren't the only way I relieve stress, exercising and listenting to music are still my favorites, so please don't call me things like...oh, I dont know "An addicted faggot who deserved to lose his relationship". So, here's my question to you guys, What are your favorite games to play to relieve stress or anger and why?  
 
Personally, I like Rock Band, Pac Man Championship Edition DX, and GTA 4. Playing the drums on Rock Band makes me focus on the charts, the music, and my arm movements, so I really don't have time to think of anything else. GTA 4 is violent, realistic, and hilarious. Running into a hobo on the street and hearing him yell "I DON'T HAVE ANY BANANAS!" makes my day. And Pac Man Championship Edition DX is the video game equivalent to injecting hard drugs into your system, going to the loudest techno dance club in the world, and having a massive orgy inside that dance club. It's mindlessly addictive.
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#2  Edited By JJWeatherman

Dance Central is a good stress reliever. There's almost nothing better than getting up and dancing when you need to forget about your problems. Speaking of this, I really need to go play some Dance central right now! I've been stressin'!

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#3  Edited By HereAllDay

FIFA/any other sports games are usually great or going for a ride in Red Dead can be quite relaxing too.

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#4  Edited By Bones8677

Flower.

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#5  Edited By Surkov

Pixel Junk Eden, I love that game. 

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#6  Edited By Pepsiman

I've found the original Katarmari Damacy to be a good way to unwind and tune out the rest of the world for a while. The whole rolling-stuff-up jazz, while I wouldn't call it meditative, can be kind of mentally therapeautic, if only because of how surreal and laissez-faire most of that game is. It's also just one of those games that good to play no matter how much time you want to spend with it, whether it's just a few minutes or a few hours. It's a very noncommittal thing like that.

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#7  Edited By Example1013

I don't play games to relieve stress, I play games to cause it! 
 
Seriously, very few things actually calm me down, and video games isn't one of them. 
 
EDIT: or rather aren't any of them.

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#8  Edited By Bear

Rez HD

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#9  Edited By Kjellm87

Endless ocean seem perfect for that

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#10  Edited By captain_max707

Machinarium for me. It's as fast or slow as you want it, with beautiful and immersive art as well as some chill music.

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#11  Edited By Aronman789

Get lost in the world of Morrowind.

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#12  Edited By habster3

The only game I play to relieve stress is pocket pull ;)

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#13  Edited By JustinSane311
@JJWeatherman said:
" Dance Central is a good stress reliever. There's almost nothing better than getting up and dancing when you need to forget about your problems. Speaking of this, I really need to go play some Dance central right now! I've been stressin'! "
You sound like my girlfriend.  Almost every Friday night she says that she wants me to take her out to the club so that she can dance away all the stress she gets from work. 
 
Anyway when I want to blow off steam I'll usually play a nice relaxing game of Skate 3 since you pretty much just skate around, relax and do nothing.
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#14  Edited By Chris2KLee

Sometimes games are the source of stress. But I like a big open world game like Fallout or something, just wander around with no goal and maybe VATS a fool here and there.

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#15  Edited By animateria

Fighting games, against AI though.
 
I like pummeling them to the ground.

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#16  Edited By pantzing_nome

I've always found the Skate games to be relaxing if I don't do any of the challenges and just skate around.

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#17  Edited By MikkaQ

When I'm stressed, I stick to good, kinda "chill out" games, like Katamari, Little Big Planet (appropriately, one just came out), or Mario Galaxy. Minecraft too. Just games that kinda take me back to my childhood imagination or aren't particularly challenging. 

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Killer7

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Rome: Total War

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#21  Edited By time allen

sex - single player.

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#22  Edited By FancySoapsMan

Chime.

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#23  Edited By TheGreatGuero

I don't really play any particular games to relieve stress. If I did, top choices would probably be stuff like Fallout 3 or Animal Crossing. Or maybe some GTA or Rock Band.

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#24  Edited By EndlessObsidian

Super Meat Boy

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#25  Edited By Legend
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Super Meat Boy
LMAO!
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#26  Edited By Tsoglani

I play God of War, or any other hack n slash/beat em up in order to relieve stress; it feels so nice ripping a gorgon's head off.

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#27  Edited By adsy120

Any RPG's, Flower, or games that don't require skill. 

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#28  Edited By dungbootle

Super Meat Boy. It is just the perfect game to play at any time, you never get sick of it

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#29  Edited By Heartagram

I'll be so happy when gamers stop using faggot as an insult... 
 
WOW is great for that. Nice people to talk to and some nice grinding to get your mind off of whatever is bothering you. Racing Games are great too. Just play things you know aren't going to make you way frustrated.

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#30  Edited By benpicko

Super Meat Boy, obviously.

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#31  Edited By jorbear
@Aronman789 said:
" Get lost in the world of Morrowind. "
This. 
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#32  Edited By NoCookiesForYou
@Bones8677 said:
" Flower. "
Always gets me in a good mood.
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#33  Edited By TehFlan

Tetris, Dr. Mario, stuff like that
More recently, Kirby's Epic Yarn. That game is the perfect stress reliever.

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#34  Edited By emem
@EndlessObsidian: @dungbootle: @benpicko: If you guys ever 100% the game please remember what you wrote here and tell us you were wrong, hehe. 
 
For me it would be something like Chime or Bejeweled (endless  modes).. just focus without a real chance to get frustrated. Actually I rarely do play games when I'm stressed out, working out, any kind of sports or meditating is more helpful for me.
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#35  Edited By fugie7

tropico 3

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#36  Edited By nintendoeats

Since I got really determined that I want to design games, they have started to feel more and more like work (after all, you have to keep up). This has made it really hard to view games as stress relief, and it starts to go the other way. I actually gave up on Silent Hill for this reason, because its already a fucking stressful game. I suppose Counter-Strike is probably the game that I will always be able to relax with.
 
Actually, just multiplayer games in general. If I'm playing a single player game that I've already beaten I just feel guilty about all the other games that I could be playing or work that I could be doing.
 
EDIT: Ok, Rock Band will always be good, even in single player"

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None recently but in the past it was gta3 alot of  that game was my therapy and boy would Jack Thompson be disturbed if he saw the circle 8 blood trail I left under the car with the peds under it lol.Another game I would say would be UMK3 when i started mastering infinite combos and owning AI which isn't that hard really but there was a certain art to it that was alot of fun.Oh and using the PKM in BF2.

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#39  Edited By toowalrus

I generally don't play games when I'm stressed... then again, I don't think I've ever felt enough stress to feel the need to take it out on something. So I'm going to say... Bayonetta is awesome, when I finished it, I had a big doofy grin on my face for hours, great game.

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#40  Edited By GunnBjorn

Adventure games like Syberia have beautiful scenery and dito music. I saved on particular spots just to relax while watching and listening.
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#41  Edited By chinakat
@Toms115:
agreed
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#42  Edited By BabyChooChoo

Demons Souls or Eve Online. Seriously.
 
And Railworks 2. And I'm still serious haha.

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#43  Edited By Skytylz

I don't play games to release stress, most games tend to cause stress.  I usually read or watch tv.

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#44  Edited By Noodles

Drifting in Forza 3 or Bejeweled 3.

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#45  Edited By Th3_James

Fuck, I hate it when people don't make polls. 

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#46  Edited By RipTheVeins

Either fighting games on the easiest difficulty setting, or any of the Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider games since there isn't that much challenge to them yet the low octane platforming and set piece moments along side some large scale puzzle solving let your mind escape from whatever is ailing you for pretty good chunks of time. 

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#47  Edited By cnlmullen

Torchlight, Oblivion, Saints Row 2, Osmos, Spore, Sims 2, Tropico, SimGolf, Jade Empire and KotOR spring to mind. Zen games, nothing too difficult -- lots of relaxing music and moods (except for maybe SR2, but that's zen in a different way)

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#48  Edited By eric_buck

Burnout Paradise and GTA IV are my go 2 games.

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#49  Edited By Trebz

My favorites are flower, We <3 Katamari, any of the Sly Cooper games, Rock Band (not singing, though), Okami, LoZ: Wind Waker, Lumines and Chime. Basically, anything easy, satisfying and aesthetically-pleasing.  
 
I'd also say LittleBigPlanet, but sometimes the loading can actually become stressful for me.

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#50  Edited By glorious_leader

AAAAAAAaaaaaah! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
 
The "Relax" mode changed my life.
 
It changed my life again, to a higher degree, when I watched it while under the influences of questionable substances.