Ready to skip to spring? These games can help you rush through winter

The winter of 2020 and 2021 has absolutely sucked for large parts of the world.

It’s cold, it gets dark early, it’s unsafe to see friends and family in many cases, and many of us were already acutely restless before winter began. And it’s unlikely that things will improve in a practical way for most people until the spring or summer.

Until then, many of us are just kinda … stuck. So what do you do if you just want to get through this winter as quickly as possible? What games should you play if you want to make time disappear, the sorts of games that you sit down to begin on a Saturday morning and the next time you look up it’s dark out — although that might be because it gets dark at 5 p.m. or so, but you get what I mean.

Some may point out that games like Skyrim and World of Warcraft are natural fits. The Civilization series is also notorious for making time disappear. But this list goes a little deeper to try to find a few games you either haven’t heard of, have been meaning to try, or didn’t realize were so effective at this task.

Let’s get to spring as quickly as we can, shall we? Here are the picks from Reporter Door’s writers and editors.


Valheim is a multiplayer survival game that has been taking the gaming world by storm, and for good reason. You play as a Viking warrior who has to survive in the wilderness, all the while collecting resources and building a base of operations to keep you safe. There are powerful enemies to slay, but cutting down a tree can be just as dangerous if you don’t position yourself correctly. You set your own pace and goals, and have to venture forth into the unknown to continue learning more skills and fighting more powerful foes.

Playing Valheim can also be about hanging out with some friends, building a homestead, making everything as comfortable as possible, while possibly spinning Taylor Swift’s folklore album in the background. Valheim does hand you explicit goals, but the game’s not about that. It’s about the call to try something you may not be quite ready for, while also embracing the comforts of home and hearth.

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