Even as the video game industry keeps trying to go bigger, more epic, and more bombastic in its games, I’ve noticed that there’s this counter-trend of creating titles that feature a more relaxed pace and serene atmosphere. In our space, this might include titles like Palia, Book of Travels, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where picking flowers or choosing wallpaper for your home is about as thrilling of an activity as you’re likely to get during a play session.
Because sometimes we need to relax, don’t we? It’s the end of a day or a stressful week and we wouldn’t mind downshifting into a mellow space. This is why I usually end my day playing LOTRO, because even with combat, it always feels more of a chill and laid-back experience than other MMOs.
Where do you go for a calming MMO experience when you want to relax?