The 30-Day Gamer Challenge – Day 19

Wind Waker

Favorite stress-relieving game

I’m not one to feel the effects of stress very often or very severely, so I rarely consider what game or games might be my go-to stress-relief games, if any.

I think for me, a stress-relief game would have to be about freedom and a lack of strict, driving goals. An open-world game seems to fit the bill, and now that I think of it, so would an open-sea game. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker delivers the best open sea that I’ve ever experienced, and simply can’t be topped when it comes to relaxation and stress relief. With its adventurous music and cool color palette, light art style, wide-open game structure, and plenty of world to explore — not to mention a simply incredible game at its core — Wind Waker is a nearly perfect stress-relief game.

Games like Red Dead Redemption, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Shadow of the Colossus (substitute horse for boat) have similar effects, but I think the open sea ultimately wins out.

Basically, the freer a game makes me feel, the better it will be at keeping me stress-free.

Day 19 = The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Day 18 = Goldeneye 007
Day 17 = Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Day 16 = Beyond Good & Evil
Day 15 = Killer7
Day 14 = The 7th Saga

Day 13 = ANY Silent Hill game
Day 12 = Peggle
Day 11 = Demon’s Souls
Day 10 = Chrono Trigger
Day 9 = Shadow of the Colossus
Day 8 = Super Mario Bros. 3
Day 7 = Braid
Day 6 = Passage
Day 5 = Gears of War
Day 4 = Final Fantasy X
Day 3 = Animal Crossing
Day 2 = Too Human
Day 1 = Braid


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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