Well, until I didn’t. Recently, I decided to start playing more modern games again. I started with an install of the 2016 edition of Doom on Steam, and I’ve basically found myself obsessed. I’ve been slowly trying to get a grasp on more modern gaming—I had a brief flirtation with Stadia about a year ago, when I died about a thousand times in Celeste, but now I’ve moved to Steam, which I use for native games on both Linux and Windows, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, which comes in handy for times I want to play a game on an iPad.
I bought an Xbox controller recently. What the hell happened to me? Is a Steam Deck next?
I don’t tell you about my gaming habits to simply point out that I play video games. I tell you this because I think there’s a truism that a lot of people need to understand in this world of increased stress: We are going to be looking for new solutions to the constant problem of stress. Everything is on the table, and it may put you in a position where you disregard long-held beliefs as you look for some way, any way, to relax a little bit.
I don’t want to oversell this point, but in a way, I kind of do. Don’t be afraid of changing your mindset on things. It might just give you a new way to relax.