gaming addiction story

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.

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gaming addiction story

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.

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gaming addiction story

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.

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gaming addiction story

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.

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gaming addiction story

What a year it has been. My life has changed so much in one year that in the occasional moment I actually don’t recognize myself.

I have fought off a long depression, lost weight and got into shape. I have grown mentally and spiritually into a more confident, aware and happy person. I challenged my social anxiety and awkwardness, and can now look people in the eye and hold a conversation. I even mustered all my courage to ask a girl out, we fell in love and I asked her to marry me. She said yes! I also discovered a passion to pursue, and created a vision of an epic life that I’m (we’re) working toward.

This has all been accomplished by a guy who just over a year ago… didn’t work, woke up just to game all day, every day, was overweight with no regards to eating healthy or exercising, dwelled deep in depression with suicidal thoughts, and who was living a lonely, directionless, miserable half-life.

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gaming addiction story

My name is Dale and I’ve been a full-time since I was very young. I suffer depression, and as a result, video games were what I felt I needed to do to avoid life’s challenges. As the years rolled on, I noticed the community was dark and full of hate. It affected me so much that I backed away from gaming for a little while.

I noticed during my time off, I felt less stressed, and I was enjoying not being chained to a desk, or lounge, tapping away, completing heavily repetitive tasks and watching as other people’s aim was to cause upset and chaos to one another. The toxic side of the community wasn’t who I was.

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I remember how much I loved to get off the bus, run inside, drop my backpack, and turn on my gaming system. I enjoyed games from the Super Mario franchise to games like Riddick Bowe Boxing and Donkey Kong. I didn’t have one certain interest, I just loved to play.

Any opportunity I had to play a video game at school, I would take it. I failed several classes due to skipping class and playing video games while I was in class. When I was about 18 I found out I would be having twins and that my whole life was about to change, and that it did.

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At the moment it’s been almost two years since I’ve passed my last exam. I have been ignoring my university this whole time, while my parents paid for everything, only doing so because I lied about passing my exams. All I did was go out to drink or game, and now my life is a mess.

Recently they found out about my lying behaviour and have told me they will stop paying for anything for me ever. I am on my own, and I won’t be able to afford my next year of university. This has forced me to only play more and more to escape the reality of all this and I feel like there is no way out. I’m pretty scared.

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