The Daily Grind: What do you do in MMOs to calm down?

    
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At the risk of giving you more information than you all want to hear, lately my anxiety issues have been reaching a fever pitch. But you know what tends to calm me down? Daily quests. Running through the motions on Yavin 4 in Star Wars: The Old Republic, befriending the Vanu Vanu in Final Fantasy XIV, even just flying about for a spot of repeatable content in Star Trek Online. Give me something repetitive that takes just enough brainpower to keep my attention but can still largely fall back on muscle memory, and I’m happy.

The nice thing about MMOs is that they frequently feature activities that can be very comforting. Maybe it’s as simple as flying about while farming or gathering. Perhaps you feel much better when you do a bit of roleplaying. I know one friend who was calmed by turning on Flight in City of Heroes and just gliding around various areas of the city, not doing anything, just roaming. So what about you? What do you do in MMOs to calm down, or do you find just playing an MMO to be the opposite of calming?

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zotohime80
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zotohime80

When I played WoW I would fish while listening to music that would calm me like Enya or Josh Groban. Now that I no longer play WoW or MMOs in general for that matter…I fire up a single player game and beat the living crap outta everything I can while listening to calming music or I watch something on YouTube like Eat Your Kimchi.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Organize UI, items, action bars. Semi-troll chat.

allionline
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allionline

Kill monsters. Lots of monsters. Preferably with AOE spells.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

If the source of the anxiety is the game, like an argument with someone meaningful that got nasty, then I’ll log off that game and whatever other associated communications I might be using for it at the time such as a mumble channel or an irc channel. I walk away and play something else with other people that has nothing whatsoever at all to do with the source of the anxiety. I like to get properly stuck into the other thing as well, preferably actively busy and doing complex stuff with other people rather than just mindlessly spamming an attack button or semi-afk gathering alone.

If the source of the anxiety is from RL crap, then I’ll do pretty much the same: I want to log on and get stuck into something engrossing with friends. Get stuff accomplished.

If the source of anxiety is the kind that leaves me brain-dead or otherwise unable to brain, then I’ll choose a low-intensity activity like catching up with people in PMs, or standing around a hub messing with social outfits.

If the source of the anxiety is people in general I’ll either load up a single player game or an MMO on an anonymous character, particularly one I haven’t played in a while.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Other than simply logging out, I tend to go off and do solo stuff in some far away place. Sadly this option is very rare in modern mmos these days because they are so linear and stick you in small zones with few choices offering progression at your level. Back in Asheron’s Call I had MANY options in very far off places in the massive world. This is why I only want to play very open world games with very light vertical progression. ESO is kind of/sort of doing this with scaling zones (but ruined it by having the vast amount of existing content not scaling). Hell even Wow used to be this way back in Vanilla before expansions threw you into the stratosphere of gear escalation and smaller and smaller expansion zones.

There are games on the horizon in the indie field that may offer the relaxing game play I want (tied into the intense game play you want at times too). Sadly I must wait for now.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

schlag sweetleaf This could really apply to gaming in general :)

StClair
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StClair

I’ve moved from WoW to other games where this isn’t so much a factor, but back in the day, I used to make the mining/gathering circle around whatever zone, until my bags were full and/or I got bored even of that.

GamingAl
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GamingAl

schlag sweetleaf …. Where’s the report button

Theo454
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Theo454

Avoid pvp like the plague, and get a group going with a good friend or two. That’s all I really need to do to avoid stress and have fun in a mmorpg.

Estranged
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Estranged

Agreed. I’m a controller guy, if all possible. Good memories with friends in the living room.
The Steam Controller setup is pretty tight on many offerings.