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Id like to add another game to the list. I think that Hot Wheels Extreme Racing for the PS1 is a good game to help relieve some anxiety. I like how you transform from a car to boat, then from a boat to plane while trying to win the race. It is a really fun game to play because you go from the ground, to the sea, then to the air all on the same track. I would definitely recommend this game as for I feel like it helps relieve a little anxiety.

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Just want to add another game to the list. I think that Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti for the famicom is a great game to help relieve some anxiety. It is a cartoon adaptation of the Splatterhouse series, and it has some very comical aspects to it. It has many portrayals of 70's/80's horror genera, but is very fun to pick up and play. I feel like this is a good game to help relieve some anxiety.

 

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Racing games always help immensely for me.. I started out with kart racing / arcade style and now I'm going back and playing all the motorsports games from previous generations.  Also I just recently acquired a nice crt and playing GameCube and ps2 is so nerve soothing for some reason.

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I highly recommend the bit Generations series for GBA for anxiety mitigation, particularly Orbital, Dotstream, and Soundvoyager (an audio only game!): http://michibiku.com/bit-generations-series-import-treasure/

 

I truly believe Orbital to be in the running for best Game Boy Advance game. Given that the WiiWare version is no longer available through legal means, I think it's fair to call it an exclusive.

 

 

Dialhex and Coloris (not at ALL playable for colorblind people) can get kinda frantic, but the music does a tremendous amount to make up for it. Digidrive is stressful at first, but once you understand the loop it can be really effective.

 

The ArtStyle series for DSiWare (which is still available) reprised Digidrive, and has some really great games, but they tend to be more stressful.

 

Boundish is variations on a theme of Pong, some pretty good, some pretty not. Interesting but hard to recommend for this topic.

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8 hours ago, jgkspsx said:

I highly recommend the bit Generations series for GBA for anxiety mitigation, particularly Orbital, Dotstream, and Soundvoyager (an audio only game!): http://michibiku.com/bit-generations-series-import-treasure/

 

I truly believe Orbital to be in the running for best Game Boy Advance game. Given that the WiiWare version is no longer available through legal means, I think it's fair to call it an exclusive.

 

 

Dialhex and Coloris (not at ALL playable for colorblind people) can get kinda frantic, but the music does a tremendous amount to make up for it. Digidrive is stressful at first, but once you understand the loop it can be really effective.

 

The ArtStyle series for DSiWare (which is still available) reprised Digidrive, and has some really great games, but they tend to be more stressful.

 

Boundish is variations on a theme of Pong, some pretty good, some pretty not. Interesting but hard to recommend for this topic.

Thanks for your input. This games musical sound is hypnotizing/relaxing. I will definitely look into playing this game, and thanks again for the suggestion.

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It's not 'relaxing' (in the traditional sense) but the way I zone out in certain specific types of racing games is difficult to describe, and might be good for anxiety. Well, it is for me, anyway. It feels more like how they describe hypnotism. I set extra laps, stare farther down the road, and just kind of zone out for lengthy periods of time.

 

Important factors in choosing a zone-out racing game:

  • The fewer other cars on track the better, and any AI must move predictably. 
  • No weapons or rubber-banding (intended to keep racing "exciting," but I want predictable)
  • A focus on beating a personal best over racing the other cars.
  • High contrast graphics making it clear where the track goes (as opposed to struggling to see). Futuristic games tend to do especially well for this.
  • Ability to stay on the track for lengthy periods at a go, at least 5min, but I usually like to go 15+ min.
  • Very predictable physics (they don't have to be 'accurate' but just consistent)
  • Most games have time trial/ghost systems, but I usually do stick with the main game modes.
  • Good music without lyrics is welcome.

Then I just zone out and do my laps. When I get to the end I tend to start up exactly the same race and do it all again.

 

My personal 'highway hypnosis' playlist:

  • Virtua Racing, especially the (unloved Saturn version) which has longer races. (switch version does okay but races are shorter)
  • San Francisco Rush 2049 (turn sound lower, music up, increase laps, DC version is clearer than N64)
  • Gran Turismo series (the popstar sountrack needs turned off)
  • V-rally 3's GBA port (for relaxation on the go)
  • Riptide GP2 for the android gamer.
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On 11/28/2020 at 1:14 PM, Reaperman said:

San Francisco Rush 2049 (turn sound lower, music up, increase laps, DC version is clearer than N64)

This was a very good suggestion. I was able to play it on the Dreamcast and your right it is a relaxing game to play

 

On 11/28/2020 at 5:53 PM, jgkspsx said:

And of course Electroplankton is essentially a digital anti-anxiety medication:

This looks like a very interesting game to play, and the sounds are relaxing. Thanks for the suggestion, I hopefully cant try that out one day.

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43 minutes ago, Nintendo64 said:

This was a very good suggestion. I was able to play it on the Dreamcast and your right it is a relaxing game to play

 

Yeah, and you wouldn't think, right? Earlier today I spent nearly 2 hrs doing 8-lap races in it. I think that one has to be my absolute favorite of the zone-out titles because of the Barry Leitch soundtrack and the moon-like jump physics. But a couple of the tracks/cars are considerably less relaxing ;)

 

There is a bit of a difficulty cliff as far as learning how not-to explode, which is where I think a lot of people give up on 2049.

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18 hours ago, Nintendo64 said:

This looks like a very interesting game to play, and the sounds are relaxing. Thanks for the suggestion, I hopefully cant try that out one day.

If you have a 3DS, the individual plankton are up on the eShop. They’re all great, but Volvoice, Rec Rec, and Beatnes are more toys that don’t match the spirit of the enterprise so well. Luminaria, Hanenbow, Sun-Animalcule, Trapy, Lumiloop, and Marine Crystals are my favorites.

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Some of the recent games posted made me think of this:  0RBITALIS on Steam (steampowered.com) and this: Orbt XL on Steam (steampowered.com).  These are kind of arcade-y and have you chase a score which ends up possibly being less relaxing, but I know there are some over there on Steam that I am forgetting.  I may post more from Steam later.

 

Floating Point on Steam (steampowered.com)

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On 12/8/2020 at 2:11 PM, wongojack said:

Some of the recent games posted made me think of this:  0RBITALIS on Steam (steampowered.com) and this: Orbt XL on Steam (steampowered.com).  These are kind of arcade-y and have you chase a score which ends up possibly being less relaxing, but I know there are some over there on Steam that I am forgetting.  I may post more from Steam later.

 

Floating Point on Steam (steampowered.com)

I just looked at some videos on youtube, and they all do look like interesting and relaxing games. I don't actually have a steam account because I never really play games on pc unless I'm emulating for older systems. Maybe I can find these games on PS4 though, either way thank you for your suggestions.

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I'd like to add another game to the list. I think that Metal Gear Solid for the PS1 is a good game to help relive anxiety, but only if I use allot of save states. If I didn't have save states though, I wouldn't feel that this is an anxiety relieving game, as for I would have to repeat many parts over and over again. Maybe it has something to do with the stealth movements and walking around and exploring in this game, but either way I think this is a good game to help relieve some anxiety.

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I want to edit my list entry to the list. I think that Metal Gear Solid is a good game to help relieve some anxiety, but I feel that the volume needs to be turned down for the most part of the game. I think that the volume should be turned up for the cut scenes and on the codec scenes, although it is nice that there is closed caption option if you feel like reading through the story line as well. I feel that the music in this game is anxiety inducing, and it is best to listen to your own personal music collection while playing this game.

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16 hours ago, Steven Pendleton said:

Have you tried Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei? If you have a Saturn, you should absolutely try both of these games.

I have never tried these games as for I don't have the Saturn. They look like really good games that kind of remind me of Star Fox 64, although I could be wrong. If I ever get the Sega Saturn I will definitely try out these games. Thank you for your suggestions, I really do appreciate it.

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4 hours ago, Nintendo64 said:

I have never tried these games as for I don't have the Saturn. They look like really good games that kind of remind me of Star Fox 64, although I could be wrong. If I ever get the Sega Saturn I will definitely try out these games. Thank you for your suggestions, I really do appreciate it.

You absolutely need to try these games. If nothing else, Panzer Dragoon has a Red Book soundtrack (Zwei doesn't, as it uses the Saturn's sound chip for pretty much everything), so put the disc in your computer and listen to the music.

 

Panzer Dragoon Zwei is one of the best 3D shooting games available. I'm not just making that up, either; it actually says that on the game disc itself, which means it absolutely has to be true.

 

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I'm not sure what (if any) modern systems you have, but Panzer Dragoon has a fairly decent remake on PC, Switch, PS4, and I think Xbox One. Zwei's remake is in development right now with no information on it other than an announcement saying that they are working on it. I can't really explain it properly, but the remake isn't as good as the original game. The game unfortunately doesn't play as well as the original version does because the remake's targeting system isn't as responsive as it is in the original version, but it should still be a decent substitute until you can play the real thing, although I'm not sure if the remake would have the same sort of impact if you've not played the original version first.

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18 hours ago, Steven Pendleton said:

You absolutely need to try these games. If nothing else, Panzer Dragoon has a Red Book soundtrack (Zwei doesn't, as it uses the Saturn's sound chip for pretty much everything), so put the disc in your computer and listen to the music.

Thank you so much for that information. If I don't get to play this game in the near future, I will definitely listen to the soundtrack. Hopefully one day I will be able to play the original game, as for like you said it is more has more responsive controls. Thanks again and I will let you know when I get a chance to listen to the music.

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