I used to play video games almost exclusively from a laptop. Skyrim, Overwatch, or The Division 2—my laptop struggled, but did run them. I developed a ritual that had to be completed before I started up any game. Exit out of Discord. Force quit out of anything optional. But most importantly, close all of my precious tabs. Then, and only then, I could start playing a game. If I tried to preserve my tabs, I’d often find myself crashed out of the game and Google Chrome, often needing a full restart.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj9p5q/opera-gx-is-a-ram-limiting-internet-browser-for-gamers