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What Are Your Top Five 'Comfort' Games?

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the don't-try-to-eat-them dept.


Via GameSetWatch, an article at The New Gamer talking about comfort games. These reliable, fun titles are the old favorites you consistently look to for amusement and solace after a bad gaming session, a bad day, a bad week. From the article, with the author's comfort games: "Mega Man 2 - This Capcom classic has been with me since I was a kid, and I know it like the back of my hand. I'm sure that, if blindfolded, I'd somehow intuitively be able to maneuver through the levels, but I'd much rather be able to view it in all of its 8-bit goodness and remind myself of the good times." My current top five would have to be Super Mario World, Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, God of War, and Civilization IV. What are yours?

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My Top 5 Games (4, Interesting)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356429)

Comfort games? Not that I would usually 'comfort' myself with video games, more often I comfort myself with indulgence :p Anyway, mine would be:

San Andreas. Sometimes I have a bad day and want to shoot stuff, beat some hookers, blow up some cars etc. Quite often I will load the game, and not do any missions. Just blow shit up for as long as possible. For fun.

C&C Generals. It's so fun to play against friends on a LAN, and it's so warming to hear a Scottish pal yell obscenities after a carefully planned assult on his base. It's also fun on skirmish mode, solo. I'll do battle against the CPU, and win. That makes me feel a little better.

Settlers. I loved this game, played it as a young teen. I played the first one to death. So did my younger sister, and occasionally I'd tell her the level password so she could try and beat it. That was fun. I remember enjoying the little swordfights.

Transport Tycoon. Sorry, I love this game. It was and is great. Tried to get Locomotion working today, but XP is crashing on it for some reason (must me some driver error, I'll work it out). Anyway, what a classic game. So much fun.

The Sims. Fine, it is basically a virtual doll house, but its mindless and easy to lose yourself in. I remember many years back, a friend and I tried 'hash cake' - my friend stared at the ceiling for hours and I played (the first) Sims. For about ten hours solid. All of the people in my house had top level jobs, not that it matters now though.

While games are engrossing and fun to play, and it is so easy to spend that many hours on them, they're not the hours you're going to remember in ten years time. The comparison with 'comfort foods' is apt though, I don't remember what food I comforted myself with two years ago either. Labelling something a 'comfort' doesn't really say anything though. We're all different, and what comforts me may completely unsettle another. For instance, I might smoke in a tense situation and in doing that I make someone uncomfortable.

Different strokes for different folks. This is just a poll rather than an article though.

Re:My Top 5 Games (2)

erkan_o (958077) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356449)

I would vote for San Andreas. It is greta going into the sandbox in San Andreas and fool around.

Re:My Top 5 Games (5, Interesting)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356509)

My top 5 in no particular order are

1. UT 2004 - nothing like a fast paced shoot to kill with no goals. I especially like to play Capture the Flag or Bombing Run in the CarPark map with as many bots as possible. Nothing but fragging there.

2. Minesweeper - If I have just a few minutes, this is my standby.

3. Warcraft III - I can do single player, against bots, or online and all of them are just fun. Plus, my wife loves this game. The DotA allstars mod is really fun as well.

4. Half-Life 2 - If I just want a good shooter with a good story this is where I go.

5. Jedi Outcast - This game is my favorite. This game alone caused me to switch from Bio-Chem to Computer Science in College. Sometimes, it's good to get back to your roots.

Another fun game I love is the Trackmania series. I still think the original is better than Sunrise or Nations. Unfortunately, it has Star Force copy protection and after a year my DVD drive went nearly useless. I loved playing it, but I'm not too sure I ever will again. Do you hear that Nadeo? It was your DRM that made me not play the game. You had a big fan, and when I found out what was happening, you lost me.

Re:My Top 5 Games (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356731)

Do you hear that Nadeo? It was your DRM that made me not play the game.

Same here, after a discussion with one of the devs who insisted that they need StarForce so people don't warez the game (so they probably won't stop using it) I decided not to buy Trackmania at all. I have bought StarForce crippled games (mostly because I wasn't aware of it) but I do my best to avoid them when I can.

Re:My Top 5 Games (5, Informative)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356529)

if you loved Transport Tycoon, check out openttd, at [] . The usual random spraffing of OSS patches, multiplayer, etc.

Re:My Top 5 Games (1)

neomalkin (1010865) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356549)

1. Super Bomberman 2. Final Fantasy IV 3. SimCity 4. Escape Velocity 5. Burnout 3

Re:My Top 5 Games (2, Interesting)

mincho_praznikov (1010863) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356585)

Enemy Territory (from Splash Damage) is number one, of course. I play it even during work time. Tetris (mostly the classic one, no online tournaments) follows. Then Lode Runner, Kill Bill and... Yeah - Doom II.

Re:My Top 5 Games (5, Insightful)

Lazerf4rt (969888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356607)

Mine are:

  • Guitar Hero
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Tetris
  • Deathmatch Quake

I like games where you actually develop a motor skill by virtue of playing it. Those are the most satisfying. In each of those 5 games, I remember starting the game as an inept clod, then gradually having my fingers learn what to do, and finally becoming good at it.

I suppose that's what a lot of gamers mean when they say they play games for 'gameplay', as opposed to some of the other commonly cited reasons, like graphics or story.

Re:My Top 5 Games (3, Interesting)

malilo (799198) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356621)

My comfort game is scrabble. Followed by bridge, hearts, rummy, and slapjack. oldies but goodies. who needs technology. :)

Re:My Top 5 Games (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356703)

Are you still playing the first Settlers or are you going with the second or possibly the remake thereof now?

Re:My Top 5 Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356739)

seeing as you have Transport Tycoon, you might want to see [] too. and TTDPatch if you are more of the solo player.

Re:My Top 5 Games (2, Interesting)

yyttrrre (741310) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356769)

I would have to say my top 5 games in no order are, Tetris Attack, Mario World, Dr. Mario (especially the 4 player version for 64), Starcraft and any Mario cart. Yeah I'm a Nintendo fan. I don't get the idea behind grinding away at some game by yourself. It's much more fun to play other people. Even more so if they are in the same room.

Here's mine (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356447)

1. Killing Zonk

2. Killing Zonk II: More Death to Zonk

3. Killing Zonk III: Die Zonk Die

4. Killing Zonk V: Can't Slashdot Fire Zonk Already? (Killing Zonk IV sucked almost as much as zonk)

5. Tetris

Ze Zonk? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356633)

3. Killing Zonk III: Die Zonk Die
I am how you say .... 'confused' as to the title of sub this game? "The Zonk The"?

simple answer (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356455)

Operation Flashpoint.

Comfort Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356459)


Tomb Raider (the good ones... not that piece of crap AOD).

Quake III Arena (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356463)

Every now and then, I just need to get some adrenaline pumping. If I don't need much of it, a quick match against bots (The Longest Yard, hardcore level) will do nicely.

Re:Quake III Arena (1)

l0cust (992700) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356515)

Same here! Longest Yard with nightmare keel. The best way to get the adrenalin pumping and feel fresh and ready to get on with the work in less five minutes! - which is less than the time it takes my system to even load up quake 4! :)

Re:Quake III Arena (1)

MatthewAnderson (1005607) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356611)

For awhile I got my fix playing instagib (instaunlagged now I guess). The tides of shifting between "on" and "off" after warming up in instagib games ended up with me logging almost as many hours into instagib as rocket arena!

Leisure Suite Larry! (1)

Shabbs (11692) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356465)

My top 5:
  - Mortal Kombat
  - Halo
  - Unreal Tournament
  - Load Runner
  - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Good times.

Re:Leisure Suite Larry! (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356517)

Playing Larry games is comforting, I know that no matter how bad I foul it up with the ladies, Larry manages to screw it up worse than I ever could!

Plus it is always fun to find new ways of killing Larry(which is why I didn't like 7, half the fun in the other games was finding out new ways to die!)

away from my job (5, Funny)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356471)

My current top five would have to be Super Mario World, Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, God of War, and Civilization IV.

WoW is more like my full-time job, and I play other games to relax after my 8-hour pvp shift.

Re:away from my job (1)

coso (559844) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356497)

Gotta give Stubbs the Zombie Props for a game that I can just turn on and eat some brains....


definitely... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356479)


There can be only one #1... (2, Insightful)

Jhon (241832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356481)


My 2nd home is on IRATA.

After that:

Alternate Reality
Ultima IV
and tied for 5th are a number of old infocom games (Zork, H2G2, Infidel)

Best. Game. Ever. (4)

PimpDawg (852099) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356487)

River City Ransom

Mod parent up (2)

esanbock (513790) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356733)

Best. Game. Ever.

New Vs Old (3, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356489)

So I'm sure there's a huge argument as to whether or not new or old games function better as comfort games. Honestly, I don't see how a racing game/destruction game could be a comfort game but to each their own. I would have to say that my comfort 'games' are
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Tetris (Gameboy)
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Age of Empires
  • General Chaos
I find it interesting that so many newer games are finding their way into the highly revered realm of gamer's favorites. The social aspects of the game are a double edged sword because although this increases the enjoyment, it also causes the enjoyment to be highly volatile because your friends aren't going to always be there playing with you. Had Star Wars Galaxies never underwent the combat upgrade, I would have it as a comfort game. Unfortunately, it's no longer there for me. I currently play World of Warcraft but I am wary about marking it as a comfort game. After all, the expansion is on the horizon and who knows what's going to change in the game? There is a chance that World of Warcraft suffers from the same corporate zeal that destroyed Star Wars Galaxies--all we can do is wait and see.

Re:New Vs Old (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356553)

Honestly, I don't see how a racing game/destruction game could be a comfort game but to each their own.

Number one comfort game: Grand Prix Legends
Number Two: AOEII

A racing game and a destruction game.

Number Three: Red Baron 3D

A racing destruction game, although not in the mold of GTA.

Number four: Well, yes, it's solitaire. So sue me. I play it as . . .a racing game. For speed.

Five is right out.


My Games (4, Funny)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356491)

1. Duke Nukem Forever
2. Daikatana
3. Superman 64
4. ET
5. Extreme Paintbrawl

Whenever I'm feeling down, I can say: "At least I don't develop video games for a living!"

Re:My Games (1)

linkskywalker (956568) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356833)

A couple other games you might enjoy; Aquaman: Legends of Atlantis Drake of the 99 Dragons Barbie Horse Adventures Monster Gerage Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing enjoy!

Five or More FTW (1)

lpcustom (579886) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356495)

"Five or More" and "Same Gnome" are like my solitaire and minesweeper. Just something to pass the time and I always try to beat my highscores. Many of the nice commercial games tend to get boring after a few hours of play. Why is it that the simple games get the most game play? Like tetris for instance, it's not a very complicated game but it's still being played a ton.

Balder's Gate (4, Informative)

nickgrieve (87668) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356503)

The Balder's Gate series. It is a HUGE game. And it runs great on old hardware,..

Re:Balder's Gate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356595)

Absolutely. I am actually playing Baldur's Gate II through for the first time. Behind the times perhaps, but I feel the need to catch up on classic gaming. And man am I hooked. BG1 was awesome and this is not dissappointing. Next up Neverwinter Nights. (I may or may not be playing old games because I must avoid WoW at all costs...)

Going back to the Build Engine days ... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356507)

I'd go with Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition, Shadow Warrior and Blood.

Re:Going back to the Build Engine days ... (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356677)

Ah, Shadow Warrior... what a game. I lost the CD for that years ago (actually I think my mom stole it, as I was about 9 at the time and she hated it) and to this day still haven't found a proper replacement. Good times.

Top 5 (1)

MatthewAnderson (1005607) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356513)

This is a tough one for me as I feel the need to play something "fun and familiar" is based whatever one owned in the past, but here are 5 off the top of my head that I feel you cannot possibly live life without as a gamer:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Final Fantasy III (SNES)
Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo (psx/arcade)
X-COM: UFO Defense (PC)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)

Re:Top 5 (1)

DAharon (937864) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356815)

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo - what a great game. very addictive. I remember this one time, I brought it over to my friends house and he had some stimulants (which shall go unnamed). We played for a while and then I left to go to class, he was high as a kite. I came back about 3 hours later and he had beaten every challenge and gotten all the bonus stuff. It was the first time he'd ever played. X-COM - Easily one of the top 5 games of all time. I still have the original CD, but I haven't dared install it for years. Once I start, I literally can't pull myself away from it until I've won.

my top five (in no particular order) (2, Interesting)

revery (456516) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356525)

1. Alpha Centauri
2. Kohan - Ahriman's Gift
3. Super Mario World
4. Super Metroid
5. Colonization

Nethack (5, Insightful)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356531)

It is the best comfort game after a really bad day.

You sit down, play and lose. You get up and you are full with that warm fuzzy feeling inside which wispers into your ears that the world is not so perversely against you, because the game has proven that things can be much, much worse.

Adventure for the Atari 2600 (4, Insightful)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356557)

I didn't realize how relaxing this game was until I played Adventure again on a friend's "retro 2600 game consoles built into a joystick" machines. I knew exactly where to grab the sword, defeat even the red dragon, and find the micro-dot/easter egg without having played it (or even thinking about it) in years. I suspect other games like the Superman game, or Yar's Revengewould trigger the same response, but it's very strange (and perhaps a little scary) how comforting it is for those built in motor memories to kick in again.

Maybe I can see now why my mom is nostalgic over some mundane useless activity like shucking vegetables. Or my dad recalls how great it was to kill wasps. Weird activities from when we were young and not concerned about politics, relationships, or investment portfolios. Maybe I should have learned something else besides how to beat Adventure though. :-/

AvP1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356559)

AvP1, skirmish, level "stranded", run around blasting the critters, collecting pickups. They spawn at a challenging rate at some points.
When it starts to get boring, try to raise hoard of crippled aliens; aliens with arm or leg shot off can't wallclimb anymore thus effectively pacified if you're atop a structure. For challenge, cripple praetorians (hint: predator speargun)

My top five includes fucking (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356565)

My current top five would have to be Super Mario World, Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, God of War, and Civilization IV.
Nobody gives a flying fuck about your "top five," nevermind your shitty game reviews.

What are yours?
Fuck off.

Congratulations- you can curse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356665)

You must be very proud.

IE. (1)

eddy (18759) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356571)

Gotta be one of the Infinity Engine games. I began a new BG1 char not long ago, with the intention of taking him all the way through the series. I love them.

Top 5 (1)

jwkane (180726) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356579)

In no particular order:

Masters of Orion 2
Alpha Centauri
Neverwinter Nights

Zonk... (1)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356583)

Those games can only be considered classic if you're eleven. Oh wait, nevermind.

Command and Conquer (1)

gigne (990887) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356587)

I am quite surprised no one has mention Command and Conquer; I play these to let off steam. Nothing like sending in hundreds on tanks and obliterating something.

In order, top 5 C&C:

1) Command and Conquer generals + addon pack
2) Command and Conquer red alert
3) Command and Conquer tiberian sun
4) Command and Conquer
5) Command and Conquer Red alert 2

Any form of Tetris (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356589)

Whatever Tetris clone is available on the nearest computer. Preferably Netris (the NCurses Linux game, not the Gator-infected Windows game).

For me... (1)

Cheapy (809643) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356591)

These aren't in any order.

One of the best anti-stress games I have is Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. All the colors and lights are quite soothing to me.

Halo 2 works because it makes me forget whatever I was stressed about and focus on those damn Legendary Elites. Refocusing stress is fun!

And who can forget nethack? Nothing like comparing your bad day to someone who's pet kitty died due to a falling rock and who is stuck in a dark dank dungeon with only a shield and a sword. Of course, this game is a double-edged sword. About the worst thing that can happen is getting addicted right before exams.

I've always found all of Microsoft-published RTS games (Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, and their sequels) to be really fun, so I'll just throw that in there. AoE2 is definitely my favorite game of all time.

And then there is Real Life. Nothing compares to just hanging out with some friends to get rid of stress. I haven't gotten to the last boss, but I hear you'll die facing him. Fun game nonetheless.


I'd probably go with these... (1)

Dacmot (266348) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356593)

Wonderboy, Rampage, Shinobi III, Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles

Used to be a Sega fan, can you tell? Only problem is they're not really comfort games proper since I haven't played any of them in over 8 years. I don't have a Master System or a Genesis anymore. I'm really hoping some of these titles are going to be offered on the Wii for download.

The big 5 (under GNU/Linux) (1)

zecg (521666) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356599)

Since I've started using Linux exclusively, it has changed somewhat:

1. Multiple instances of Doom with the doomsday [] engine
2. Crack-attack []
3. Mutant Storm []
4. Nethack [] :)
5. Grid Wars 2 []

Mario Kart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356601)

Mario Kart (esp after a bit of drinking)
Commander Keen
Sim City 2000
Sam and Max Hit the Road
And some good ol Doom

oldschool stuff (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356605)

-Mario Kart 64
-Super Mario World
-Donkey Kong Country for SNES. Any of the 3.
-Heroes III
-Unreal Tournament, the original.

Notice a pattern?
#1- Most of these games are old.
#2- Most of these games have had sequels made to them, and in my humble opinion, none of the sequels have been better than these ones. Game developers should REALLY look at this article and look at the games listed when they wonder why their game isn't selling amazing. You'll notice most people here haven't put like Unreal Tournament 2005 or Duke Nukem Forever.

Re:oldschool stuff (1)

G-Licious! (822746) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356653)

I second that! But you missed the Duke Nukem Forever joke somewhere else up there.

Worms: Armageddon, anyone?

Re:oldschool stuff (1)

Ekarderif (941116) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356741)

I find this hilarious. Half of the games you listed are sequels that break your rule number 2.

Top 5 Games for "Comfort" (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356613)

1. Tetris (and variants) - SNES

2. Gran Turismo 1

3. Ms. Pacman - arcade

4. Lierati

5. We Love Katamari

Re:Top 5 Games for "Comfort" (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356723)

4. Lierati

I'm assuming you played off of someone else's 'T'...

Five? (2, Interesting)

SalaciousPucker (911419) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356623)

My 'comfort' VG's are Tetris (played manically), only while on an airplane, and the Civ series. The manic games of Tetris calm me down. It's basically escapism @ 30k feet, since I'm a nervous flyer. I usually play a Civ 4 game (or before that it's predecessors) when I'm sick at home, or in a hotel for work. There is no better mind numbing escapism than Civ 4.

Exploration and dark atmospheres (1)

Knutsi (959723) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356625)

In no particlular order:

Halo (the PC version)
World of Warcraft
Super Mario World
Zelda: A link to the past
Zelda: Occarina of Time
Yoshi's Island

Halo replaced Unreal, once the Mac I had it on died. Halo has a sence of adventure and exploration that always triggers good feelings with me. In a sence, World of Warcraft does the same, but the relaxing element in that game is the fact that the world truly lives. I've had a few recreational moments just watching people pass by in a city in WoW.

The Nintendo titles are just outright great titles. Especially the Zelda titles, who's dark atmosphere is just endlessly deep. I can dive in and let it engulf me at any time.

Of course, Solitare should probably be on the lust, but I guess this discussion will have enough jokes about that ;P

Mine are ... (1)

sarathmenon (751376) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356627)

I'll be flamed for this, but mine definitely are :

1) tuxracer

2) frozen bubbles

These games are simple, takes only 20 seconds to comprehend, don't hog the pc at all and best of all run on linux. In fact most of my friends keep telling me these are dumb games from a bygone era, but their simplicity and ease simply outblow all those fps-shooter-in-5-DVDs packs. Out of curiosity, are there any other *nix users here, who play games like once a month, but really relish their 5 minute getway?

Re:Mine are ... (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356695)

In fact most of my friends keep telling me these are dumb games from a bygone era. . .

And yet they're the ones that kids who come to visit me always ask me to load up for them. They're a bit of fun and it takes awhile to learn the "sophistication" to forget that.


Minesweeper (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356629)

Turned up to the biggest board size. It takes about 200 seconds to clear the board, and it's so mindless.

My Top One (1)

CrimsonBadger (983178) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356631)

Perhaps it's not a comfort game, as having fun with it requires a few people who aren't necessarily there after a bad day...but Super Smash Brothers for N64 is the one game I can always go back. It's so damn satisfying, and well-balanced enough to endure millions of plays. I feel like someone will take me to task for claiming it's balanced, though.

My top five... (2, Informative)

SpryGuy (206254) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356643)

1) "Rise of Nations" (Thrones and Patriots) ... by far.

2) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

3) F.E.A.R.

4) Quake 3 Arena

5) Black & White 2

Re:My top five... (1)

mattpointblank (936343) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356745)

Man, I never thought I'd hear someone refer to F.E.A.R. as "comfort[ing]". That said, I'd include Doom 3 on my list just because I don't have to think too much, but it's cheap thrills and looks pretty. Kinda like a hooker really, just without the STDs.

Old school--Tetris (1)

Retardican (1006101) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356647)

I can still play tetris for hours if I had the time. For short bursts, Freecell. I have installed wine on my linux boxen to play freecell. Why isn't there a good linux clone? (gnome freecell looks like crap).

my best (1)

cbc1920 (730236) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356649)

Megaman 2 - oh so satisfying
Homeworld 1 - best story ever
NBA Jam TE - all my favorite players, with MONSTER JAMS
Pac man - enough said.
Tie Fighter - all time best space shooter, my fav.

What makes a good therapy game? (1)

xerent_sweden (1010825) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356655)

So basically we're talking about using games as therapy. I'd like to break it down to the following: Something that's easy to win / not impossible to win (patience isn't on top), something where one starts to construct something after a week when everything fell apart (Sim City) or something to release anger (Quake). I'd say that I'll go with a calm game that gives results with familiar music. For me, that's a strategy game like Civilization or Warcraft on an medium level (so I'm sure I'll win). Sim City doesn't cut it because you can't win. We also have nostalgia; to remember back to the days that were not as hard as this one. Especially the music of a game falls into this category. The funny thing is the old days were not harder than those of now, but we only remember the good stuff.

Solitaire on boring phone calls (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356657)

I spend a lot of work time on phone calls, sometimes boring, and sometimes on hold waiting for people. Solitaire's not a deep game that drags you in, but it's as good as doodling or sketching on a notepad, and there's enough flow to stay occupied.

My top 5 (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356661)

E.V.O.: The Search for Eden - This game is still as fun as the day it came out for me. (R)evolutionay concept. It's a shame Enix never followed up with a sequel on this one. Possibly Spore will quench my thirst for a while when it hits.

Castlevania: SotN - I'm pretty sure most console gamers will list this or Super Metroid in their top 5. The thing that bumps Castlevania in the lead is the the insane amount of replay trying to get all the rare items.

Final Fantasy Tactics - Still my favorite SRPG of all time. While parts of the game are broken (super combos, characters that are overpowering, etc), it just adds to the play styles available. You can play the game with all mages for a challenge, you can play with all the best gear and characters if you just want to get through the game. Tons of hidden stuff. Deep dungeon. Square nailed it with this one.

Panzer Dragoon Saga - Incredible RPG. One of the most beautiful gaming experiences ever. Great story. Shorter than most RPG's at around 20 hours, but every second of it is engaging and it never feels like you're in an "in-between" part of the game thrown in to draw it out. Hopefully some day we'll get a sequel/remake/rerelease of this one so everyone can experience it.

Toss up (Super Metroid / Super Mario World / Mega Man 2 / Mario Kart) - Not much to say about these except that they're all amazing games.

Best games for _me_ (1)

Presidential (805793) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356693)

I personally prefer Star Trek: Armada II for real-time strategy.

When the carpal tunnel isn't too awful, I'll break into an hour or so of original Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition.

And when the pain killers are prescription rather than over-the-counter, I can tolerate a few hours of Need For Speed Underground.

Failing these three, I always enjoy a game of "Let's re-install the OS". It is a little more challenging when drunk, though, and the outcome is more often disastrous.

Finally, I recommend marriage. There is no more comforting game than the one we play with our other half.

Mine are.. (1)

xx01dk (191137) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356699)

5. Pirates!
4. Civ 2.
3. Homeworld.
2. Starflight.
1. Battlefield 1942.

5 List (1)

Soporific (595477) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356705)

1) Half-Life
2) Battlefield 1942
3) Tai Pan
4) Sonic the Hedgehog (1-3 really)
5) Everquest

Falcon! (1)

RealBeanDip (26604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356709)

In no particular order:

Falcon 4:Allied Force - (used to be Falcon 4) is simply the best "game" ever. Infinite replayability, a learning experience and a way of life. It's great if you have 10 minutes of free time, or 10 hours.

Alpha Centauri - I think it's the best of the Civ series of games, and I've played them all. Much replay in this one.

C&C Red Alert 2 (including Yuri's revenge) - great multi-player fun on a LAN or stand-alone.

Wolfenstein:ET - for multi-player fun

Q3 Arena w/bots - for when you just want to run around and shoot things.

I can't believe (1)

PainBot (844233) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356719)

I can't believe no one mentionned Super Mario Kart.

Master of Magic... (1)

mac1235 (962716) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356721)

Play it once a year..

I have to post this as AC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356729)

Without a doubt my top 5 comfort games are the first 5 leisursuit larry games.

my list (1)

rsayers (987262) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356735)

Depends on my mood and what type of game I want to play. But my main list is:

Quake 1 - Throw in an Omicron bot or 2 and I can DM in qcon1 or dm4 for hours

Shenmue 1 - I try to replay this every so often, as old as it is, it's amazing how rich this game still is, plus it's the only single player rpg to even hold my attention

Worms - Be it worms1, the java version on my cell, or worms 3d, it's a great series of games for just wasting time

Tetris - Runs on any device I have, can hold my attention for hours

Mario 3 - Brilliant game that (imho) only shows it age until you play a couple levels, the fact I can bring it anywhere with my gba is a plus.

My list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356743)

Unreal Tournament 2004 (The demo - never bothered to buy the retail version, but I find the Onslaught games in the demo to be a great stress reliever)

Guitar Hero - Because rocking out is fun!

F-Zero X on N64 - I've become reasonably good at this one, but for stress relief, I set the difficulty at Easy and try to knock out as many other racers as possible.

OT: Tags (1, Offtopic)

LesPaul75 (571752) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356747)

Ok, the tag system isn't working... Every story on the front page is tagged as "yes, no, maybe, fud, notfud." How is that supposed to be useful? And more importantly, how was the tag system ever intended to be useful in the first place? There's no way to browse stories with a particular tag (is there?)... Isn't that how tags generally work? People tag a story as "science" and then some time later, I can look for all stories with the "science" tag and read about science. Either that functionality isn't here, or it's really hard to find. But either way, the tags aren't being used well anyway, so it wouldn't matter. Searching for stories tagged as "yes" isn't going to be very productive...

Varies with console (1)

micropain (977643) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356749)

For a RPG - Final Fantasy (1 or 7) (Nintendo/PSX) For a shooter - Duke 3d or Dark Forces (MSDOS) For an adventure - Under a Killing Moon (MSDOS) For a sim - Master of Orion (MSDOS) - Sky Odyssey (PS2) For a RTS - Red Alert II (Win 9X/XP) Depending on which game I'm getting stuck in, I'll stick to the same genre

some classics (1)

AnXa (936517) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356753)

Doom, Quake3, Command and Conquer, Battle Isle II, Descent

Other honorable titles worth mentioning: Death Rally, Daikatana(only ep.2,3,4), Uplink, Metal Gear Solid 2, CnC: Red Alert, Crazy Cars and Duke Nukem 3D

Not quite top *5*, but... (1)

MrDrBob (851356) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356755)

Counter-Strike: Source because I can share the fun with my friends with a variety of different mods available (such as zombie and gun game) as well as the normal gameplay.

Freeciv because I really do need to get to the space age sometime.

Mahjongg because it's quite calm and soothing.

All (well, most) glory to MAME! (2, Interesting)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356757)

In no particular order:
Time Pilot
Mr. Do!
Kung-Fu Master

As for non-MAME: GTA3, GTA:VC or GTA:SA (when I'm in the mood to just run/drive/fly around and blow off steam by commiting acts of mayhem).


"New Old" games (1)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356767)

Our two offsprigs have departed for homes of their own, taking an impressive array of game consoles with them. So whatever I play has to be available on my Mac.

To my utter delight, when I switched to the Mac four years ago, two "obsolete" games came back and revealed themselves to be utterly playable under Classic. They are Oregon Trail II and a piece of obscure insanity called Marco Polo, which I don't ever recall winning. Each is well over ten years old, and I'm so glad their CD's managed not to be thrown away.

I really enjoy the nostalgia and can actually be quite entertained. My Holy Grail of nostalgic games would be Miner 2049er. No telling if I'll ever find it, but I do look from time to time.

When I need to clear my mental decks, I do "evil" sudoku.

My favorite "comfort game" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356773)

My favorite is an oldie called "Cock'n'Hand". It actually doesn't require a computer or hardware (either can be used though). It's very SATISFYING. It'll really BLOW a LOAD of stress from your mind. Even my girlfriend loves to play! She tends to play in SPURTS though. You know, I have this friend named JACK..... OFF the top of my HEAD, I think plays 3-4 times a day. He's such a WANKER.

I cant believe nobodys said it... (1)

sam0vi (985269) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356775)

... but i'll say it : GO MINESWEEPER!!!! WOOOHHOOOOO!!!! this are the moments i feel glad for not having any karma left to lose. Take it easy

5 fine games (0, Offtopic)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356777)

1. Barbie's Horse Adventure II - The Glue Factory

2. The Olsen Twins Take The Moonlite Bunny Ranch

3. Hello Kitty - Blood Feud

4. Final Fantasy VII - Cait Sith Must Die

5. Super Mario's Extreme Masturbation Party Game

Mega man 2? no way. (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356779)

I could never play Mega Man 2 for "comfort."

I paid $70 for it and beat it in 3 days. That ticked me off to no end.

I play games like BloodRayne, Icewind Dale, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, and when on my friend's PS2, I play Disgaea 2 or Makai Kingdom. Playing those kinds of games is its own reward. It's satisfying just blowing stuff up. What I don't like is grinding to get to "the good part." That's why I switched from a Paladin to a Mage in WoW. There's a huge difference.

Of course one of the most relaxing things I ever did was spend a day playing icewind Dale, creating a party just to see how far I could get without saving or loading the game. I actually ended up getting all the way to the end boss fight for the first time, and had to save just because I would never be able to forgive myself if the party died after all that.

PoP:SoT (1)

coldPhage (770396) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356785)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

So simple, so easy, so unstressful. Just load it up and let the Prince's fluid wallrunning soothe your tired eyes.

Not much of a gamer, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16356787)

I'm not much of a gamer, but I enjoy some light headed stuff when I get my ass kicked from some newer games that I can't figure out. Oh yea, and I don't play the preinstalled windoze games.

1) Meltyblood - it's so easy, it's fast gameplay and it's so fun.

2) Azumanga Beach Volleyball (doujin game) - it's entertaining.

3) Winning Eleven @ 2 stars difficulty -- when I want to beat the com 10-0

4) Old School video games - ie. NES, SNES, Gameboy, Genesis stuff

5) I have this japanese game lying around where you go around evading bullets and see how long you can last without getting hit (I lasted over a minute!!). The game is 28k and is called Missile541. It's a good waste of time @ work, too ^^.

top 3 (1)

hegem0n (942172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356805)

1) Counter Strike (fy_snow or fy_iceworld ...HEADSHOT such a satisfying sound)
2) Starcraft (EVOLVES or turret defense)
3) Grand Turismo 4

In no particular order (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356809)

Second Life Not really a game, more like a chatroom. There are people to talk to, games to play, FPS-style areas, etc.

Lugaru The graphics aren't great, but there's something nice about murderous bunnies. The ragdoll physics can be quite amusing. Kicking dead enemies into still alive ones can be quite satisfying.

One Must Fall Ancient, but very good. It lacks the complexity of newer games, but that makes it very easy to play. The lack of complexity also makes it quite relaxing, as it doesn't have the frustration levels of games like Killer Instinct (those combos look cool, but I really hate it when they're used against me)

Neverwinter Nights Very good RPG. Multiplayer games are really great, and there's always the possibility of pausing the game and giving orders.

Magical Drop 3 Ok, this is only comforting at the lower levels. In the later levels the speed is insane, and the danger of RSI is rather high, but it's still really fun.

Comfort Games (1)

WML MUNSON (895262) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356817)

Quake 1 - Team Fortress (PC/Quakeworld)
Doom 1
Super Metroid (SNES)
Super Mario64 (N64)
Counter Strike: Source

Not so popular (1)

Przemo-c (1010877) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356821)

Well my comfort games are those games that i can launch instantly and play then save or not and quit as easily.

1. Soldat-It's not that popular but its dynamic multiplayer 2d shooter(side view) and fun i can loose myself in this game for hours

2. Transport Tycoon any description don by my would be unholly. I'am not worthy of describing it.

3. Mount & Blade- Nice simple cRPG with 3d battles on horses ( not pink unicorns ;] )

4. CS2D i have a thing for 2d its my fethish i know ... 2d top view multiplayer shooter styled as Counterstrike

5. Any current mindless game ;]

I have not listed WoW here i succesfully got rid of it ;] it was just eating my life.

Hope some of you will look up those games they are worth trying out.

my list... (1)

mad_minstrel (943049) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356827)

Fallout 2 Freespace 2 System Shock 2 Baldur's Gate 2 Prince of Persia 2 The digit 2 behind each title is really a coincidence. Somehow the sequel is always better.

What a WOPR (1)

uop (929685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356829)

Sometimes playing Global Thermonuclear War can be quite comforting.

Here goes... (4, Funny)

Masa (74401) | more than 7 years ago | (#16356835)

My comfort games:
  • Colin McRae Rally (the first one)
  • Gran Turismo 3
  • Nethack
  • Commander Keen (any one of the series)
  • SSX (the first one)
Colin McRae Rally actually has a lot deeper meaning for me than just being a comfort game. I have developed a habit that every christmas I buy some crackers, different sorts of cheese and I dedicate a day just for playing this racing classic. I eat nothing but cheese and crackers and play and I'll have this Zen-like experience. This ritual gives me the peace some people seek form churches or other spiritual christmas activities.
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