I didn’t touch a video game at all for almost two whole years. If a friend invited me over to play, I would decline.
I competed competitively in Counterstrike 1.6, playing in both CAL and CEVO leagues. My CS 1.6 team would practice every day between 4-8 hours (as a team). After my CS 1.6 career ended, I started to play World of Warcraft.
When we weren’t practicing as a team, I would practice on my own. For the next year I played this game 16 hours a day, every day. I’m not kidding: I played 16 hours a day every day for over a year.
A combination of Easter Egg and You Bastard, this occurs when a player does something strange or unusual.
They may attack a friendly NPC, try to go Off the Rails, abuse Combinatorial Explosion, or do something Out of Character — an arachnophobic character approaching a spider's nest, for example.
I think we can all agree that they are also a major cause as to why you lack the skills necessary to attract women, network, and live the life you want to live, instead of the one where you feel stagnant procrastinating at home night after night.
When you have nothing else to do on a Friday night, what do you do? When you come home tired after working 9–5, what do you do? When you’re looking to just relax for a minute and kill some time, what do you do? And soon this turns into a major addiction, and one of the hardest ones to break.
Or maybe just demanding a little too much attention.
Another character — or the game itself — then calls the player out on his peculiar behavior, noting that it's particularly cruel, strange, perverted or funny. " The calling out is inconsequential unless otherwise programmed (e.g.
Maybe you even type “How to quit playing video games” into Google. A bunch of crap that doesn’t work at all, because the people who wrote the articles wrote what the What the fuck? Going to a friends house seems like good advice, except their friends are likely also playing video games, so now you are just making the problem worse, and limiting the time you play never works at all.
Does anybody like hearing that predictable advice anyways? An example of this is the common advice given to people that are overweight – specifically the ones who are overweight and do something about it.. But a major reason these people are overweight is because they’re lazy.
It took a strong will but I was eventually able to break the habit, and as time went on, it became easier and easier. Which brings me to the first and absolute most important puzzle to quitting video games: You must have a firm commitment to not play them. You must make the decision not to touch them at all ever again.