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    Default Most relaxing games?

    What game do you like to play to relax after a stressful day at work? Something to lower your heart rate a bit and put a smile on your face.

    One of my favorites is Tokyo Bus Guide for the Dreamcast (skip to 0:50):



    There's something meditative about this game. It might look stressful at first, considering even the tiniest fender bender results in a game over, but once you get the hang of it it's really relaxing. Accelerate, brake (not too strongly!), put on turn signal, stop and let on passengers, repeat for 25 minutes at a time. Pure awesome. Make sure to play with analog controls or accelerating and braking will be very difficult.

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    Outrun. Absolutely Outrun; it is just so serene and personifies the lazy days of summer for me. Good thread topic.



    I feel so calm listening to this track, it's just so reminiscent of a more simplistic day - lost in the tides of time....
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    OutRun. Therapeutic driving experience! I can also just listen to the music and get into laid back mode. It helps to have a steering wheel.

    Good soccer games, because they're some of my favorite sports games and bring me back to my childhood.

    Some RPG's are relaxing. Here's a recent one: Tales of Xillia. Incredible landscapes and music.

    Good golf games. Even the fast paced arcade-style golf games are relaxing to me.

    That's all for now!

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    Choplifter (Master System and SG-1000)
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    Definitely Columns. I can't tell you how many times I was having a bad day, popped in any version of Columns, and quickly forgot what was bothering me. It's relaxing and uplifting at the same time. No other game does that for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zetastrike View Post
    Definitely Columns. I can't tell you how many times I was having a bad day, popped in any version of Columns, and quickly forgot what was bothering me. It's relaxing and uplifting at the same time. No other game does that for me.
    I agree with Columns. I might be better at Columns than I am at Tetris! Good choice.

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    I found sailing around in Wind Waker to be really relaxing. I find the Pilot Wings games to be relaxing as well.
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    Doom. Nothing more relaxing than fighting the hordes of hell.

    But being serious (even though I was), aren't all video games meant to be enjoyed and be a medium to escape reality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpingRyle View Post
    One of my favorites is Tokyo Bus Guide for the Dreamcast
    So I take it you're gonna get yourself an Oculus Rift and bus simulator this summer?


    Quote Originally Posted by The Jackal View Post
    Doom. Nothing more relaxing than fighting the hordes of hell.
    With.. Brutal Doom I hope?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jackal View Post
    Doom. Nothing more relaxing than fighting the hordes of hell.

    But being serious (even though I was), aren't all video games meant to be enjoyed and be a medium to escape reality?
    Yes, but I usually like a good challenge that forces me to put a lot of effort in to do well. But the last thing I want to do after a busy day is come home and try to beat Alien Soldier on one life or something

    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVamp View Post
    So I take it you're gonna get yourself an Oculus Rift and bus simulator this summer?
    That sounds... awesome...

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    Unfortunately, no. Been playing the 360 version of Doom II mostly. Is it any good then?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumpingRyle View Post
    Yes, but I usually like a good challenge that forces me to put a lot of effort in to do well. But the last thing I want to do after a busy day is come home and try to beat Alien Soldier on one life or something
    I can understand that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVamp View Post
    With.. Brutal Doom I hope?
    I just learned about Brutal Doom recently and it's become my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jackal View Post
    Is it any good then?
    Yes and No.

    Yes as in IT IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!

    No as in "you'll never want to play vanilla doom ever again", which means no more 32X Doom, no more Snes Doom,
    no more Xbox Doom, no more 360 Doom, no more Jaguar Doom, no more toaster Doom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePrimitive View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zetastrike View Post
    Definitely Columns. I can't tell you how many times I was having a bad day, popped in any version of Columns, and quickly forgot what was bothering me. It's relaxing and uplifting at the same time. No other game does that for me.
    I agree with Columns. I might be better at Columns than I am at Tetris! Good choice.
    Both of those, and pretty much any game that's more bout surviving as long as you can, and less about reaching an ending. Mainly arcade/console games before Pac-Land/the NES.

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    My relaxing game is Sega Bass Fishing on the Dreamcast. My wife is not a gamer in the least but she loves to sit and watch either me or my grandson play that game. In fact, I think that he has spent most of the day playing it today.

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    Don't hate, but the SNES DK aquatic level does it for me:

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