Disclaimer: I am responsible for my own mental health and welfare, not the designers of games or of any other medium.
Is anybody else finding that the grind of Pocket Camp is raising their tension? I’m finding that I’m rushing around – as much as you can – making sure I fulfill every single animal’s needs, gathering all the fruits and fish, deciding which animals to make happy by building their favorite furniture, checking my friendslist to see who needs tickets to the quarry, lather rinse repeat. During this time, I’m not enjoying the environment of the game, or the individual encounters; I’m entirely focused on progress. By contrast, I find Stardew Valley, or watching my daughter play Animal Crossing, extremely soothing.
Again, this is entirely on me, not on the game designers. I’m just curious if anybody else is noticing the same thing.