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What Are Your Top Five 'Comfort' Games? 588

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 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by celardore ( 844933 ) * on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:43PM (#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.
    • by erkan_o ( 958077 )
      I would vote for San Andreas. It is greta going into the sandbox in San Andreas and fool around.
    • Re:My Top 5 Games (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Chosen Reject ( 842143 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:53PM (#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.
      • Good and gooder (Score:3, Interesting)

        by PopeRatzo ( 965947 )
        I like your list, Chosen Reject.

        UT 2004 is a fantastic game. I can think of all the times I'd take a flyer up to the top of a tower where there's a nuke shooter and just blow the hell out of a little group of enemy. Sniper is tops.

        It's been a long time but I remember being so enthralled by UFO, Total Annihilation and Starcraft for a good long while.

        Half-Life 2. Just the best FPS ever made.

        Eve-Online. I can't get enough. It's the first game that I've ever played that actually makes me feel at peace. Al
      • Re:My Top 5 Games (Score:4, Interesting)

        by ShieldW0lf ( 601553 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @07:32PM (#16358481) Journal
        1) Quake MegaTF - I used to be one of the top ranked pyros in the game back in the day, and it feels some good to dust off the old skills. Nothing like sealing all the exits from a full room with napalm grenades and burning the entire enemy team to a crisp to get those frustruations out.

        2) Baldurs Gate Series - One of the finest games to play across a home network with your girlfriend ever made.

        3) Sid Meyers Pirates - You can rest one hand on the keypad, sit like a slug without moving at all and have an engrossing adventure for hours. A very lazy game to play.

        4) Neverwinter Nights - Another fine game to play across the network with your girlfriend. Fiendish laughter as the two rogues disappear into the shadows leaving death in their wake.

        5) Street Fighter vs X-Men running in MAME - Memories of high school. Wireless gamepads, beer a few buddies and an endless supply of credits.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by necro2607 ( 771790 )
          "one of the top ranked pyros"

          Dude, that's like saying you're one of the richest homeless people..
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by meringuoid ( 568297 )
          2) Baldurs Gate Series - One of the finest games to play across a home network with your girlfriend ever made.

          It took me a while to get this, so I understand, but... Jaheira is not really your girlfriend.

    • Re:My Top 5 Games (Score:5, Informative)

      by PatrickThomson ( 712694 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:55PM (#16356529)
      if you loved Transport Tycoon, check out openttd, at http://www.openttd.com/ [openttd.com]. The usual random spraffing of OSS patches, multiplayer, etc.
      • I thank you for you recommendation but I have no access to the original files the installer is asking for, would you be so kind and give me a copy?
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by cheater512 ( 783349 )
        OpenTTD is great. Its easy enough to find a copy of the original files on the net.

        My 5 favourites would have to be something like this:

        1. UT GOTY
        2. Wolfenstein 3d
        3. Quake 3
        4. Age of Empires II
        5. Duke Nukem (1, 2 and 3d)
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      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 (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Lazerf4rt ( 969888 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:04PM (#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: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by malilo ( 799198 )
      My comfort game is scrabble. Followed by bridge, hearts, rummy, and slapjack. oldies but goodies. who needs technology. :)
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by yyttrrre ( 741310 )
      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.
    • 1. Final Fantasy VII
      2. The Ocarina of Time
      3. Star Ocean 2
      4. Vagrant Story
      3. Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

      You need to play these games.
    • 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.

      I used to play Settlers a lot on my Amiga. I could never get into the sequels, they just didn't feel right.

      Anyhow, the post lists World of Warcraft, and I think it's a pretty good "comfort game," though I'm currently not subscribing (waiting for Burning Crusade

    • by FinchWorld ( 845331 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @05:28PM (#16357681) Homepage
      Go here [openttd.com]. Its even been improved (well, i think so).
  • Operation Flashpoint.
  • 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.
  • by theMerovingian ( 722983 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:48PM (#16356471) Journal
    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.
  • by Jhon ( 241832 ) * on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:51PM (#16356481) Homepage Journal

    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)
  • River City Ransom
  • New Vs Old (Score:4, Interesting)

    by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <(eldavojohn) (at) (gmail.com)> on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:51PM (#16356489) Journal
    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: (Score:2, Funny)

      by kfg ( 145172 ) *
      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.

    • Bubble Bobble: The most saccarine game you can imagine that paradoxically produces the most obscenities from the players.
  • My Games (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quaoar ( 614366 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:51PM (#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!"
  • "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 (Score:5, Informative)

    by nickgrieve ( 87668 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:53PM (#16356503) Journal
    The Balder's Gate series. It is a HUGE game. And it runs great on old hardware,..
    • I hear you brother, as soon as I decide to get an intel mac, I'm loading up windows just to play that series of games. They are so cheap now and there is an endless amount of upgrades for the series. Something I missed when moving to the mac.
    • by GreatBunzinni ( 642500 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @05:33PM (#16357725)
      Personally I prefer Ballmer's Gate. It's somewhat of a cheap clone of Donkey Kong, where you play a poor developer trying to climb the corporate ladder and you have to avoid the chairs a big monkey at the top throws at you.
  • I'd go with Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition, Shadow Warrior and Blood.
    • by Firehed ( 942385 )
      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.
      • "Ho! Sticky bomb like-a you!"

        "Are you a stupid?"

        "You want to wash wang, or watch Wang wash wang?

        If you liked Shadow Warrior, you would probably have liked the original Blood as well. All those Build Engine games were just hysterical. We'd get seven or eight of us in network play and we would keep going from dusk 'til dawn. Of course, pretty much all of our fingers were numb by morning, but it was worth it.
  • by revery ( 456516 ) <charles&cac2,net> on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:54PM (#16356525) Homepage
    1. Alpha Centauri
    2. Kohan - Ahriman's Gift
    3. Super Mario World
    4. Super Metroid
    5. Colonization
  • Nethack (Score:5, Insightful)

    by arivanov ( 12034 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:56PM (#16356531) Homepage
    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.
    • by dagnabit ( 89294 )
      +1 for Nethack :)

      I also like Super Collapse II [gamehouse.com] and Frozen Bubble [google.com] -- they are both good for "zoning out"...
    • Re:Nethack (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:53PM (#16356973)
      You sit down, play and lose. You get up...

      You've done it! It's the holy grail of Nethack addicts everywhere! Please tell us how you manage to get up!

      Yours faithfully,

      P.S. I think you're lying.

      Be seeing you...
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by joe 155 ( 937621 )
      Just decided to play it, a damn fox got me...

      Final Attributes:

      You were fervently aligned.
      You had infravision.
      You were lucky.
      You are dead.

      What a game... if I can figure out how to change the controls or learn the "hjkl" it looks like a good game, thanks for spreading the joy
    • Strider [geocities.com] - Game that looks hard but is actually quite easy and fun to play. You always feel like you're doing amazing things.
      Puzzle Pirates [puzzlepirates.com] - Time to bilge your life. Yarr.
      Ikaruga [wikipedia.org] - My nethack. Just play. You're dead. Ouch.
      Sim Golf [ea.com] - I don't actually like playing golf, but for some reason running a golf course is really relaxing.
      Ore No Ryouri [pandora.be] - No matter how panicked things might get in real life, nothing can compare to running a japanese ramen house in a video game.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by TubeSteak ( 669689 )
      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.
      Funny, that is exactly how I feel after a nice game of Global Thermonuclear War.
  • by buckhead_buddy ( 186384 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @02:58PM (#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. :-/
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by garethw ( 584688 )
      when we were young and not concerned about... relationships

      Livin' the dream, baby!

      Aww, damn.
  • Those games can only be considered classic if you're eleven. Oh wait, nevermind.
  • Whatever Tetris clone is available on the nearest computer. Preferably Netris (the NCurses Linux game, not the Gator-infected Windows game).
  • 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-e
  • -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 Unrea

  • 1. Tetris (and variants) - SNES

    2. Gran Turismo 1

    3. Ms. Pacman - arcade

    4. Lierati

    5. We Love Katamari
  • Five? (Score:2, Interesting)

    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.
  • Minesweeper (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Animats ( 122034 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:06PM (#16356629) Homepage
    Turned up to the biggest board size. It takes about 200 seconds to clear the board, and it's so mindless.
  • My top five... (Score:3, Informative)

    by SpryGuy ( 206254 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:08PM (#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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1) Half-Life
    2) Battlefield 1942
    3) Tai Pan
    4) Sonic the Hedgehog (1-3 really)
    5) Everquest
  • 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
  • OT: Tags (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by LesPaul75 ( 571752 )
    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'
  • by phillymjs ( 234426 ) <slashdot.stango@org> on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:22PM (#16356757) Homepage Journal
    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).

  • 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
  • Cloud (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DyslexicLegume ( 875291 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:25PM (#16356791)
    http://intihuatani.usc.edu/cloud/ [usc.edu]

    One of the most relaxing games ever.
  • 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 frustrat
  • by Masa ( 74401 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:31PM (#16356835) Journal
    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.
  • Well, here are a few of my favorites for such occasions:

    Postal (all of them)
    and of course, DEFCON.

    I didn't think of FEAR until I saw another poster mention it, but now I realize how satisfying it actually was to grab the shotgun and blast the fucking clones away.
  • For me, a Comfort Game is one where I don't want to think. For instance, I like playing the original Quake on God Mode. You just go and blast. Another one was the first Unreal Tournament. (I don't know if there was a God mode, but it was mindless fun.) In both instances, there is no need to worry about goals or puzzles. You just ... play. Yeah, there are those that would argue that you don't get any of the euphoria around your successes, but you don't get any melancholy either. I work in IT support and I ha
  • by zhiwenchong ( 155773 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:33PM (#16356843)
    1) Sam and Max hit the road
    2) Day of the Tentacle
    3) Secret of Monkey Island 1
    4) Secret of Monkey Island 2
    5) Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father

    They're classics!
  • Mine (Score:3, Insightful)

    by east coast ( 590680 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @03:39PM (#16356879)
    1. CS:S (vs. bots)
    2. Alice
    3. Civ III
    4. Thief
    5. Any of the numberous Mahjong games floating around.
  • Well, my all time top five are probably Adventure (originally seen on an IBM system 360, and numerous places since) Asteroids (on a PDP 11, with a nice re-release on Win 3.1) Rogue (mostly on DOS, but originally on Sun workstations, and these days in Classic mode on OS X) Snake Byte (on an Apple 2) Tetris (everywhere else) I guess I'm not in the target demographic here, though... mt
  • Most of my favorites are from the Apple II days. Ultima IV and V, Montezuma's Revenge, Mario Brothers, Conan, and a personal favorite, Wings of Fury. I'd like to play that again but I don't have a II anymore.

    Talk of playing blindfolded.... if you beat Montezuma's Revenge enough the light would start being removed from the lower levels. Beat it enough times in a row and the first room was dark!

    If you want a little fun with those games, play Ultima V and ask the water what he forgot. (to tell you in Ultima
    • Maybe it was better in the days of the Apple II, or you're just a very strange person but I cannot stand playing Montezuma's Revenge after visting Mexico. But I guess that could just be me.
  • I'd have to say Neverwinter Nights, F.E.A.R., FarCry, GTA: Vice City, and any of the Descent series are my choices.
  • Frontier - Elite 2

    That game amazed me when it was released. Absolutely wonderful, and all on a single floppy disk! I still play it now on my XP machine.

    Speaking of which... I'll be back after I upgrade my ship.
  • My top 5 are probably.

    Team fortress classic : I can play a guy in a basement.. except with a sentry gun. What's not to like? Whenever I feel emo I just play TFC and my head clears and I can think things through as I play.

    Pokemon games : Don't matter which one, it's all the same TBH. Either way they're great to chill out with and just go for a wander while it doesn't feel like you're just wasting your time.

    Mario kart DS : It's Mario kart, what more needs to be said? It's care free and even if you arn't at yo
  • Beer Chess [webtender.com]

    Asshole [webtender.com]

    State of the Union Address Drinking Game [drinkinggame.us]

    Quarters [webtender.com]

    Sixes [webtender.com]

  • Nothing like blowing off steam enaging in some inconsequential mayhem. It's also funny to see how many stupid things you can get the cops to do while they're chasing you (nothing against cops, just the sometimes funny AI in the game). The only other "comfort" game for me would be Warcraft 3's DoTA.
  • In order of freqency:

    1) Rogue. The PC version, copyright 1984. Accept no substitutes.
    2) Bubble Bobble, via MAME or the PS2 port named "Taito Classics"
    3) I Katamari - that game just *cannot* be stressful.
    4) Space Cadet Pinball. You know the one.
    5) Freecell

    The other games I play (these days, primarily Gran Turismo 4 and Day of Defeat) have a tendency towards stressing me out more than I already am. If I just want to calm down and play something to distract me before going to bed, the above are sure to do jus
  • I'm going to break the rules and put down my top 8, in no particular order:

    Final Lap Twin (Turbografx/Duo)
    Final Fantasy (NES)
    Heroes of Might and Magic (PC)
    Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (NES)
    The Oregon Trail (Apple IIe)
    Uniracers (SNES)
    Killer Instinct (SNES)
    Twinkle Star Sprites (Neo Geo and now the PS2)
  • My favorite comfort games are just games that I can pick up, play a bit until I'm bored, and then return. This means games that have no real "conclusion" or plot, or else just simple time wasters.

  • Star Control II
  • Quest for Glory (especially the first two in the series), will always be the ultimate comfort games to me; I have played through them several times in my life, and I can sit down any time and go back to them. They were a big part of my childhood, and it always gives me the warm fuzzies. Even after all these years, those games are still as colorful, rich, and imaginative as they ever were. Most modern games can't even come close to them.

    Another one of my favorite things to do is to go back and play old Fi
  • MOHAA, the original. Online, I know the maps by heart, the weapons like they were my own, and there are still people out there who play for fun.

    Tribes 2 - reinstalling this game after a few months of inactivity allows me to make a pot of coffee while the updates download and install. Then by the time my brew is done, and I've had a cup - I've found something else to do and uninstall the game.

    NES - Zelda. The original RPG... in the gold cart. Just because I remembered which bush I can burn for the 100 rupees
  • I'm not a big gamer (nor an especially good one) but for a relaxing, immersive experience nothing beats the Myst games.

    Reasons aren't difficult to list: No worries about perfect timing or tense edge-of-your seat action; you can navigate around using nothing more than a mouse in one hand leaving the other free for a warm/cold drink (or a newborn, which has been the case for me recently). You can pick up and play for 5 minutes or 5 hours, and the game isn't at all diminished by not having human opponents to

  • DooM

    By means of the Doomsday engine of course.

  • StarCraft!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by XMilkProject ( 935232 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @04:54PM (#16357445) Homepage
    Can't believe I didn't see this one listed for anyone! Was always one of my favorites, every 6 or 8 months I end up digging up a copy of StarCraft (and some of the addons) and get stuck playing for hours.

    In my opinion it must be one of the most balanced games ever made. I always found it much more playable than Warcraft or Ages of Empires... Perhaps becuase of the simple graphics or lack of 'hero' characters, which always seem to just make battles harder to orchestrate.
  • Mario Karts x 5 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by davesag ( 140186 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @07:53PM (#16358615) Homepage
    Well okay, 5 comfort games.
    1. Mario Karts on my trusty 10 year old N64
    2. World of Warcraft on my new 24" iMac
    3. Wizardry - Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord on Virtual ][ on any of my macs
    4. Spaceward Ho! on my powerbook
    5. Golden Eye on the N64
    I bought Doom 3 recently just to try out the graphoics card in my new iMac but it's not really a fave - yet...
  • Old Mac games (Score:3, Insightful)

    by raddan ( 519638 ) on Sunday October 08, 2006 @08:10PM (#16358705)
    1. Spaceward Ho!

    2. Exile series

    3. Maelstrom

    4. Escape Velocity series

    5. and the "new" one, Alpha Centauri.

    I've been getting into Neverwinter Nights lately, but that required "bitching out" my ancient Mac with slightly less ancient hardware. 3D games just don't feel so snuggly to me, so this is not a comfort game.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser