I had casually tried to quit a bunch of times, and then ‘seriously’ some more times, but I never made the cut and I’d always go back. I would unplug my PC from my room, move it to another room with my monitors, and then put a laptop in its place. Then within two weeks, I would replug-in my PC and all of my monitors, and then proceed to binge on gaming for the next 10 days.
I finally had enough, and quit for good. Today I’m over 90 days without playing video games. How has my life improved?
I’m a 29 year old male, working as a Senior Software Engineer in Washington DC. I used video gaming to cope with my break up. I was in a depression, lacked focus at work, no friends, no intimate relationship with a significant other, struggling with a gaming addiction, suffering from a major health issue (dental) and asthma, and absolutely lacked exercise or physical activity. I had hit rock bottom.
I’m Adam and I’m 26 years old. For a long time I saw no harm in playing, even until five or six in the morning. There seemed to be many more upsides than downsides to gaming, until one day my girlfriend left me. I was devastated and completely blindsided, which happened because I was blind to her and everything and everyone else around me.
I’m here today because I’m addicted to video games. I’m here today because I want to be a part of a community who understands my struggle with gaming and won’t try to convince me that I need moderation or need to be less hard on myself.
I recently opened up to my friends about gaming and its effect on my life and received mixed feedback. Some supported me 100%, while others were almost offended that I’d even mix gaming with addiction, life issues, and sickness. It’s something people dedicate their lives to and not everyone can do that. I’m one of them.
Magic The Gathering is more than just animations in a video game, it’s a board game that has given me more benefits to my mental health. Such things include critical thinking, decision making, strategy, the appreciation of art, logic, contingency plan (sideboarding) and the use of math.
Magic did not just gave me these things, it made me a better person and it was the board game that killed video gaming in my life.