When our boy came along, I didn’t have as much time to play games and I felt frustrated. At the time, I didn’t realize how absurd my frustration was. Here were my beautiful wife and son, and I wanted to play games all the time.
In reality, the stresses of fatherhood were affecting me in ways I didn’t understand. The comforting immersion of video games gave me an escape. People close to me noticed my frustration, and how much I was playing. Someone suggested that I quit games and it was the last thing on my mind.
In the hope that it encourages you to try quitting games, here are a few things I’ve managed to achieve since I made the decision.
My name is Cam and by the age of 21 I had been addicted to playing video games for over ten years. This addiction affected many areas of my life, including being a major influence in my decision to drop out of high school not once, but twice. I never graduated, never went to college, and struggled with depression for many years.
A vicious cycle of depression and addiction to games such as Warcraft 3 and Halo 2 caused the end of Matt’s relationship with his girlfriend at the time. Gaming was not only taking all his time, but also his attention.
He would sometimes not even answer her phone calls in order to continue playing games. They seldom went anywhere together.
Meet Joe. After 25 years of gaming he decided to make a change in his life.
For Joe, a life beyond gaming meant being a better husband to his wife, and a better father to his newborn daughter. Through Game Quitters he developed the courage to discuss his addiction and recovery with those closest to him.
And now for the first time, Joe is sharing his story with the world.