The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite game to decompress with?

    
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Moving is absolutely awful, as we all know, and I would be very happy to never move ever again. Once my computer was all set up and I had confirmed that the internet worked, I was happy to take a spare moment to game a little. Based on my history and my state of mind, you might assume that I picked up Final Fantasy XIV for a little while… but you’d be wrong. I opted to play some low-level World of Warcraft. All I really wanted was to decompress.

There are some games that seem tailor-made to kicking back and relaxing a bit, like Defiance or Marvel Heroes. They’re low-key games, but you get to relax a little and interact with people as much or as little as you want while still feeling as if all of your efforts are still producing forward motion. So what about you, dear readers? What’s your favorite game to decompress with, even if it’s not your main game 80% of the time?

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haggus71
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haggus71

Exploring and gathering in GW2. Hanging out in the Grove at night (game time) is cool as well. Some interesting conversations to decompress with.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Marvel Heroes is indeed a great game for taking your mind off of your troubles. 
You can play it as a light distraction while your mind wanders, or you can really focus down and let it occupy your full attention, so you stay immune to whatever might be stressing you.

The fact that it can be played successfully both ways is part of why it works for me.

djnesh
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djnesh

RickMills1 … until 10+ ships wrap in all at once ;)

Craywulf
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Craywulf

When I am in a state of decompression, I don’t do MMOs. Surprisingly I do racing games like Grid or grab my tablet and do some Real Racing 3. After that its one or two games of solitaire and freecell.

Tithian
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Tithian

Star Trek Online is great for this. Missions aren’t terribly long, patrols are bite sized brawls, DOFFing can be done at your pace. Essentially no matter your time constraints (or lack of) there is always something to do.
Plus the space combat is incredibly fun and a good way to unwind (explosions, explosions everywhere),

Celestia
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Celestia

No MMO has fit the bill since City of Heroes was taken away.  A game of Age of Mythology or a little Minecraft or Cities Skylines are poor runners up.

StrumFruit
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StrumFruit

I have to agree with low-level WoW, and other traditional MMORPG’s at low level. Especially creating a new character, and just being cocooned by the pleasantness of nostalgia, and being in a game I love without the pressures of max-level content.

Vexia
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Vexia

My sympathies to you, Eliot. Moving is never any fun, and I had to experience that “joy” at the end of last year.
After today I think I could use some games to decompress with. As you say in the topic post, WoW can be pretty relaxing outside of the whole environment of progression, LFG, PvP and the like. I don’t specifically specifically have it in mind as my game to play for relaxation, though. If I play a game to relax, it’s usually more along the lines of Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon, or something, typically a single-player offline experience.
Beyond that, when I’m feeling really stressed out, I actually try to get away from the computer because I find that it can make the problem worse. I like to read a book, go for a walk, take a nap, or something along those lines.

DaemonHardrod
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DaemonHardrod

Mine changes, too. But right now, I also have WoW. I’ve made it to level 95 so far. I’ve only been questing. I’m doing every quest I see. Reading all the quest text. I haven’t done a single group activity. I stop and fish, do my minion quests, etc. I may go back to Durotar just to see it again. That’s WoW for me. It’s not at all exciting, but it is relaxing. I also have ESO which I binge on. When my guild has the weekly pvp night, I pop in. Otherwise, I level alts and enjoy the scenery.
Civ V is probably my biggest time sink. I get totally absorbed in that game. 

If I want some quick fun I play Hearthstone, War Thunder, or a new Steam game.

Noble_Einherjar
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Noble_Einherjar

My decompression game changes over time. For now, it’s Titanfall. It’s easy to just fire it up, play a few rounds to relax, and be done.