Video games are usually non-stop. They invite us onto a ride that takes us to all sorts of places. They invite us to continually engage and interact with the worlds they create. However, some games create space for us to pause the action, sit, and take in the environments they have created.
We have other lists of games that players use to gain a sense of calm or meditative state. The games in this are those that include the chance to get your character to actually stop and meditate themselves.
This can be a specific meditate option, like in Sable, or the ability to get your character to sit and listen when you stop moving, this is a powerful way to get a taste of how meditation in real life can help us come back to ourselves and in so doing, rediscover the world around us.
Games like Kena depict the breath slowing and draw attention to the sights and sounds of the natural world. Then there is Journey that allow us to sit when we stop moving or Flower that encourages us to slow our pace with scenes of where we have just been. Then there is Sky Children of the Light where you need to go to special locations to meditate.
Even violent or desolate games can offer powerful moments of stillness. Stopping in Death Stranding or Ghost of Tsushima means you can simply sit and relax. In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla you can use meditation to see the sun to quickly shift across the sky. In The Witcher 3 you can stop and meditate to restore your health and pass time.
Or there are hidden moments of meditation in games like Uncharted The Lost Legacy where Chloe will work through her Yoga poses on top of a tower. Spiritfarer is similar, you have to find a snake named Summer and complete their quests to be invited to meditate with them.
There are also games that offer Photo modes that don't specifically depict the feature as meditation. It offers a chance to pause, take in the action and the world as you pan the camera, frame an image or adjust the depth of field.
Finally there are games like Animal Crossing, Conan Exiles, that don't offer specific meditation but let you sit on benches, stare out to see, or watch the sun rise.
This list includes 26 games from the last 25 years, with 751 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to pause the action with meditation.