5 Video Games That Help Put Me to Sleep
If you are like me or any of the 60 million Americans out there, then you have trouble falling asleep at night. As a gamer, I find it especially difficult to catch some shut-eye at night, since most games out there are meant to be thrilling and get your heart pumping.
However, I've been a gamer long enough to know what games to avoid if I need to get a full night's sleep, and what games will guarantee to knock me out within minutes. Counting sheep? Not me. I play boring (yet oddly satisfying) games before heading to bed. The following are games that I often turn to to help put me to sleep.
5. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo, Nintendo DS)
Sure, it sounds totally lame, but as a sleeping aid? Absolutely brilliant. Now I can't wait for the upcoming 3DS version of Animal Crossing- so I can fall asleep in 3D.
4. Persona 3 Portable (Atlus, Sony PSP)
The majority of the "action" in Persona 3 involve navigating your way up 264 floors of a building known as the Tartarus. Each of the floors looks almost identical to each other, and are randomly generated. Every time you enter battle (and it happens way too often), you'll see the same exact animation sequences over and over again, and you'll end up repeating the characters' dialogue just to kill the monotony. I lost count of the number of times I repeated the lines: "Time for an all-out attack! Let me at 'em!" while rolling my eyes.
The purpose of counting sheep is to bore yourself to sleep with monotony, and the same affect can be achieved while playing Persona 3 Portable.
3. Dragon Age 2 (PC, XBOX360, PS3)
|All of these dungeons look the same!|
Almost every one of the sequel's improvements over Origins sounds great on paper: better graphics, character loyalty missions, and improved combat. However, there was one huge problem with the new game: almost every single dungeon looked exactly the same. In fact, I believe that they used the exact same cave over and over again for different missions throughout the game. Dragon Age 2 players should know what I'm talking about, they had to navigate through this dungeon a hundred times anyway.
Not only that, but I also selected the rogue class during my first time though the game. That meant I ended up doing nothing but tapping "A" to fight. Walk a few feet, see a dozen enemies, tap "A" until they're all dead. Find the loot, tap "A" to pick it up. My poor "A" button got a lot of work during my time with Dragon Age 2.
The monotony of navigating through the same dungeon, coupled with mind-numbingly easy combat made me catch myself falling asleep on numerous occasions while playing through the game. I'd often awaken to see my character running against the wall.
2. Euro Truck Simulator (PC)
1. The Sims (various)
|just like your average day...|
You go home after a long day of work and unwind for a few minutes in front of the TV. Eventually, you'll have to cook dinner, do the dishes, go to the bathroom, and eventually go to sleep, just to do the same thing over again the next day. Sounds like a pretty boring life, right?
What I just described was a typical gameplay session in The Sims, and if you thought a boring day is mind numbing, wait until you play a video game that simulates these boring days. Your avatar lives his or her own life as an average person, experiencing pretty much what you'd have to experience in real life. You'll perform daily chores, go to work, and engage in polygamous relationships. Just like in real life.
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