I like twinstickshooters or oldschool arcade games. The reason is simple : because they are simply! You don’t need think when you playing this kind of game. It’s pure visual processing and reaction. What i mean, all you need to do watch the screen and react with the controller. After stressful day at work, your mind is spinning.
Turn on the game, turn off the brain.
After intense gaming, your may feel refresh in your mind. Maybe your exos but your head is clear again. It has same effect like meditation, which is art of thinking nothing. We always thinking, all the time, its impossible to have no thoughts. When you playing this simple games, our brain things “it’s always the same, shooting, move die, level up! I am out there!” our dominant left brain (or right brain if you are left handed) give the controls the other part of the brain. The other side of the brain works visually and don’t know/have thoughts. After the playtime, our dominant brain comes back and feels refreshed and stronger, because it had 30min. break of its 24/7 job. Meditation would be better because both of the brain get a break, but to master this is unlikely much difficult and less fun !
Here is my personal top 3 twinstickshooters:
1. Geometry wars galaxy (Nintendo wii, xbox)
Simple graphics but insane amount of visual action. Millions exploding particles abd fast action. High score hunting and mastering all gamemodes could take years to master.
2. Super stardust HD (playstation, vita)
In Super Stardust HD, the player controls a space fighter craft that can move in any direction on a spherical shield surrounding a planet. The primary threats against the player are three types of asteroids and various enemy spacecraft, which appear on the playfield at certain time intervals.
3. Ballistic and Inferno+ (iphone, andriod, PC, Mac)
Both games Develop from radian games. Ballistic SE is an intense twin-stick arcade shooter! Blast thru endless waves and 5 timed challenges, enhance your ship in 10 categories. Inferno+ is a beautiful twin-stick action-RPG. Blast your way through 40 atmospheric levels. Explore the gauntlet of stylish environments, destroy hordes of enemies, and upgrade your ship along the way.