I don’t get fishing. Not in real life (it’s an excuse for drinking beer in a boat), nor in MMOs (it’s a time sink that hurts your eyes as you develop tunnel vision because of a pixelated bobber). But I acknowledge that what isn’t for me might be someone else’s relaxing activity.
In fact, I really do get how important it is to toss in activities that relax players who aren’t currently in the mood for high-stress or -decision making environments. Sometimes we like to switch off our minds and fish, or farm, or play dress-up for a few hours. I’ve even found inventory organization and clean-up to be a mildly cathartic experience.
When you’re looking to relax in an MMO, what do you like to do the most? Which activities take away the stress and leave you with a zesty zen feeling?