We all play video games for different reasons, but one particularly common reason is to unwind and de-stress after a busy working day. The specific games or genres we play to do this will naturally differ from person to person, but a new study conducted by Comfy Sacks has found that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a popular choice.
The game actually came second in the study's list of top stress-relieving games, losing out on the top spot to The Sims. Other games like Minecraft, Pokémon and Tetris - the latter of which could cause just as much stress as it relieves, in our view - also made the top ten.
In the same study, games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Halo were voted as the most stressful games. No Nintendo-published games made it into the most stressful top ten.
You can read the full study here if you're interested; it surveyed just over 1,000 US gamers with a number of stress-related questions surrounding their gaming habits. The methodology is explained below:
"To collect the data shown above, we conducted a survey of 1,007 respondents. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to play video games occasionally, almost every day, or every day. Of the respondents, 293 reported playing occasionally, 356 reported playing almost every day, and 358 reported playing every day. The respondent pool was 58.4% female, 41.3% male, and less than 1% nonbinary. A preliminary survey of 150 respondents was conducted to gather the top 50 most played video games."
Do you tend to play games to de-stress? What would your top picks be? We've actually put together a list of what we feel are the most relaxing Switch games, so feel free to check those out if you're looking for something new to play.