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Relaxation: Are "relaxing" games more relaxing?

I think I almost broke my brain while thinking too much about stuff when working on this weeks topic. It initially started as a review/thoughts blog but then transformed into a blog questioning why soothing and slow paced games exist and if they relax you more than for example fps games. But In the end I feel like finally managed to piece together something somewhat cohesive, which is why I’m posting it here. I’m also glad that it made me go trough the subject more thoroughly because frankly, I find it to be a pretty fascinating topic. I would like to advice you to start the water-cooker and make yourself a coup of chamomile tea to help you relax, or if you don’t feel like it skip that stuff, do what YOU feel makes you relax, because that’s partially what this blog is about, so get ready because this stuff is about to get dopey, which is how I like it !

When I first laid my eyes on this weeks “bloggers wanted” I was more excited than usually as I felt pretty confident about what to write about (boy, was I wrong about that). I was really glad because this topic didn’t just give me the opportunity to discuss something that I feel is pretty integral to why we enjoy our games as a whole, but it also served as a opportunity to discuss games that I feel strongly for, like Osmos, Ico and Nightsky all of which contain elements like soothing music, soft visuals and other things that would be considered relaxing. But the more I thought about the things that makes us relax in games the more confident I got in the fact that those games weren't the only stars of the show.

Like I mentioned earlier I felt like I went the wrong direction when I initially started writing a thoughts/review blog about why I love to roll around as a sphere in surreal worlds while listening to the wind blowing in my ear. So as I searched my old hard drive and booted up the brilliant physics platformer Nightsky for the first time since I finished it this January , but then I stopped myself and I thought - Wait a minute, what really makes people relax ? - I mean some people relive their stress after a hard day of work by blowing up giant , muscular brutes in games like Gears of War, me included. While others like to get lost in a giant well crafted RPG *AHEM* Chrono Trigger, or immerse themselves in a game like Ico, and some folks relax themselves when they feel that warm fuzzy feeling of accomplishment after finally beating that insanely hard second level in Bit trip Core that requires a inhuman reaction time after trying for hours upon end. So we know that relaxation is a huge part of why people play and enjoy games, and we also know that a game can make you relax without containing any "relaxing" elements. (here comes the part that makes my head spin) So while I understand that “relaxing” games can be an acquired taste I can’t really wrap my head around how something that inherently should be appealing to most people if the goal of playing a game is to relax, doesn't appear to appeal to that many people.

So how about you guys? Do you think that “relaxing” games has the potential to be more relaxing than other games? Or does it all come down to what type of games you prefer?
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About Kaggenone of us since 11:21 AM on 11.08.2009

3DS friend code : 0301-9770-3280


Hey guys! I'm a Swedish dtoider and my real name is Andreas.

Here are some games that I like :

The silent hill series
Pretty much every Castlevania game
The Mass erect series
The Zelda games
The Mario gamez
Deadly Premonition

Loads of more too, ask me !

I did a ankward but pretty interesting interview with Swedish indie game developer Nifflas

Watch it here, it's in 3 parts

I did a picture for one of ( I think it was ) Manasteel88's contests

Tankgirl vs James Sunderland

I did a drawing of Ms.Destructoid for Destructoids birthday!

Check her out here!

Watch out for his eyes!! They will harm your sanity.

Send me some creepy messages if you feel like it . I get an erection every time!

I'm also a huge horror movie fan, and also just movie fan in general so feel free to chat with me about if you feel like! Here is my Flixist blog here

Here , have some anime I like!

Paranoia Agent
My neighbor Totoro
Spirited away
Pani Poni Dash!
Valley of the wind
Howls moving Castle
Kemonozume This is what dreams are made out of
PSN ID:filijonken
Steam ID:mindchip
BattleNET:[email protected]
3DS Code:0301-9770-3280


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