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    Times be stressful, yo!

    What do you like in a game to relax you? What mechanic in a game relaxes you?

    I'm a fishing fan, fishing minigames are my jam


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    Doom (the 2016 version) is the most relaxing game I've ever played. So apparently what relaxes me is hell, demons, balls to the wall action and slaughter, and a pounding metal soundtrack.

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    I'll second fishing mini-games. I also love Rhythm Games for this as well barring DDR which is pretty much exercise, but even it has a few nice mellow tracks to get your heart rate back to normal between sessions of getting a high score on MAX 300.

    Dragon Quest is also a series I find relaxing, as well as old platformers like Mario and Sonic.

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    Turn based rpgs are always relaxing to me. Rhythm games as well.

    Also, Flower and Journey are both some of the most relaxing games to me.

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    not really a ,echanic, but grinding. sometimes, if im stressed or angry gaming itsef is just calming btu grinding especially. if im nto though, grinding is boring so its kinda both relaxing and not
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    I have a mental disorder where relaxing in games makes me feel like I'm wasting time. Building houses, decorating, grinding out material, making or upgrading clothes or weapons. I spend 4 hours doing stuff and then walk away having no real progress; it bothers me for some reason



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyk View Post
    I have a mental disorder where relaxing in games makes me feel like I'm wasting time. Building houses, decorating, grinding out material, making or upgrading clothes or weapons. I spend 4 hours doing stuff and then walk away having no real progress; it bothers me for some reason
    Is it... a mental disorder to think that wasting time is wasting time?

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    Well, I mean I wish I could find more fulfillment in just enjoying a game. But I put such emphasis on progress, that games like Minecraft, Terraria, 7 Days to Die, etc. all feel like I'm not actually accomplishing anything. Some people get fulfillment just mucking about in them. Stardew Valley was good about blurring the line at least, so piddling around actually made it feel like you were getting somewhere in the grand scheme of things.



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    I don't find fishing minigames relaxing, I find them stressful as hell! ^_^

    Synthesising items in Atelier, that's quite relaxing. Actually, doing pretty much anything in those games is pretty comfy.

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    Exploring. Not necessarily open world, but large enough to allow snooping around. Especially if it has weather mechanics like rain. So comfy.

    Also fishing sometimes. I spent a lot of time at the fishing hole in Ocarina of Time.


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    Grinding levels, playing older RPG's, some FPS games I find relaxing like Minecraft and such... that's really about it.
    - I'm getting sick of this! Thou art such a pain in the...! Confound it all! I'm starting to talk like you! - Sabin (FFVI)

    - trout up! You spoony Bard! - Tella (FFIV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Ganon View Post
    Exploring. Not necessarily open world, but large enough to allow snooping around.
    Agreed. A nice view also helps.

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