Do video-games help cope with sadness and loneliness?Watch
They definitely can help in some ways - they can be escapist and can distract you from whatever intrusive thoughts may be bothering you, better than most other things can. The disadvantage is that they can be habit-forming, and spending hours playing games rather than doing something more productive won't necessarily do much for your self-esteem, and it won't really work towards solving any problems you may have. But it's a good coping mechanism. MUCH better than drinking or drugs!
it helps but at the same time it doesn’t. online friends aren’t the same as irl friends, as i’ve been told many times. i struggle with loneliness. im sorry i couldn’t be of much help
I play a game called Caves of Qud which is not for everyone, and before that I played The Binding of Isaac until I had 111%'ed it twice. Previously I've played Minecraft, the Portal games, Terraria, Starbound, Rimworld, TF2, and some others. All pretty great and very distracting!