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.
" 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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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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