Soothing Video Games – The New York Times

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“Video games don’t have a reputation for offering tranquility,” writes Julie Muncy. “People tend to think of them as more likely to give a stress-addled adult a headache than lead them into a zen state of relaxation.” She goes on to recommend several, like “Stardew Valley,” that can rest the mind during these stressful times.

Have you ever played a video game that calmed you, whether it was intended to or not? Do you think video games intended to “calm the mind” can be fun? Worthwhile for the relaxation they might bring?

Tell us about your experiences in the comments, then read the related article to learn about many more of these games.

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