Hardcore Gamer: It’s nice that games are being taken much more seriously by the mainstream media and other non-gamers, but let’s not forget the joy of simply playing a game to blow off some steam.
I actually enjoyed the hypertension this game induces... made me appreciate my real life a lot more each time I took a break. lol! Yet the game is so compelling that you can't stop playing it till you reach the end. To do so feels like you'd be forever stuck in a world with clickers and stalkers. Which as much as everyone would like to think they would be the one to survive in such a world, I learned that I might not, as many times as one mistake lead me to becoming clicker feed. In the end I did feel very relieved and de-stressed... now it's time for the multiplayer.
a agree with the article, on the other hand, there was games that made me stress out a lot!!! COD AND THERE WEAK/CHEATING A55 CAMPERS ON SPAWN POINTS!!! (i ended up hatting that game) now...i try to avoid games that gave me stress.
The game on Survivor p!ssed me off in some areas, but overall was pretty fun and intense trying to find ways to beat an area with the least amount of health and ammo lost. Also, was just fun and relaxing blowing off everyone's heads :D What really made me angry the most on the game is multiplayer, when I don't get enough cans, or don't get the necessary amounts of mission objectives finished. 100% Risk?? NOOO!! (Never happened to me yet, but my friend did have to reset once when he got it starting week 6)
Journey is another game that may relieve stress.
That and Flower.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that has games as a sub par medium to other entertainment industries. I don't watch Looper or Game of Thrones to get stress relief, I watch them because they're great and engaging stories. Videogames don't have to be "good" or "fun" to be seen that way, it has to go beyond that.
The definition of Un-Stress release in games is COD
Generalizing games i see...Do all games have to fall under the same umbrella? Same can be said of every entertainment media out there -_-
"It’s nice that games are being taken much more seriously by the mainstream media and other non-gamers, but let’s not forget the joy of simply playing a game to blow off some steam." And your article contributes to the problem. Why can't a game just be whatever a developer wants it to be? Films and literature can achieve this. Any Michael Bay or Fast & the Furious film can be watched to "blow off steam" and films with engaging plot devices and interesting characters can be enjoyed for different reasons. Games can be puzzles. They can be storytelling devices. They can be purely for fun. They can be for relaxation. They can be for whatever scenario a creator chooses them to be.
My favorite experience of the generation, and maybe all time, was Demon's Souls. I loved it precisely because it was the opposite of relaxing. The game was supposed to deliver an atmosphere of impending doom and it did. It was one of very few games that put me in the world so well that I felt like I was actually in danger. The first few Silent Hills had many moments like that, but Demon's Souls did it for the majority of the game. Just like a movie, a book, or a piece of music, games can make you feel a variety of emotions, and that's the way it should be.
To the author: i blow off my steam when i'm playing TloU. You know, when i blow up the enemies head with Shotgun, punch their faces with a brick or iron pipe, watching their bodies burn / blow up into pieces when i throw molotov / nail bombs, etc. It felt sooo good when i'm doing all of that cool tricks ^^ But the graphics also gave me some relax moment when i see the forest, the dam with cold water, the snow, etc. Yeah, TloU is an amazing game that can relief my stress. So your article is BS ^^
That's why you can't just generalize anything under an umbrella term, things in the same medium can be made for vastly different reasons.
This. There's this amazingly stupid trend of generalizing EVERYTHING, especially in the gaming media these days. Not every game is supposed to be about relaxing. The Souls games definitely are not. Competitive games, in general, are not. The Last of Us is an excellent game that's superb at what it does. It's not supposed to be a game that relieves stress. That's for other games to do. Classical music isn't for getting you pumped up in the club. That doesn't invalidate the ability of music to do just that, though. Stupidity, man... sometimes, all I can do is shake my head.
Literally makes me not want to live on this planet anymore, been eying that mission to mars pretty hard lately
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