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  1. I really am ready to stop gaming completely, and I have been winding down in terms of actual hours almost naturally. I also have been working on my career a lot. I just don't have the time like I used to. But here's also the thing - I just don't enjoy it much. I find a lot of other things more fulfilling. I don't even fear not having games in my life anymore. Oddly enough, the only thing that has been getting me recently is the idea of being bored. But when I become bored, I usually find that it's not nearly as bad as I thought it was in my mind. In my experience, accepting that at some point you will be bored is crucial. But here's the thing: it's not as scary as it sounds. Maybe for others it's completely different, but for me I found I somehow thought being bored was this awful unpleasant experience that I needed to avoid at all cost. I have relatively mild cravings, I think this is going to the last hurdle before I put gaming to rest for me. Obviously being bored isn't fun, but accepting that it won't kill you is also important. It's not good or bad it just kind of is. Kinda a random post, but I was curious if anyone else had similar experiences?
  2. Thank you for the meaningful reply. I was indeed extremely tired when I wrote what I said. However, I still think most of it rings true. I'm unsure if I want to quit forever at this point. I'm happy with going 90 days without them, and then reevaluating the situation then. Heck, I'd be happy with going a couple days without them and succeeding with that at this point. For someone like me who gets so caught up in the what ifs, maybe I need to start small and take it day by day. I think I need to gradually stop playing games as cold turkey for me on anything has always been difficult. What I'd like to do first is come up with a small list of my main reasons why I want to stop gaming, and what I will benefit from when I do. This way I can remind myself what I'm "fighting" for I suppose. Then, the next step will be knowing how much I play a day so I can come up with a plan to cut back. Don't want to ramble on too much here, but thank you for the reply!
  3. Four o'clock in the morning. I've taken too much caffeine. Just got off of my favorite game, frustrated. Haven't slept. Been up for 15 hours staring at my computer screen. Will probably sleep until 2 PM and then start the cycle all over again. --------------------- This happens so often that I just want to pull my hair out. And about the title - I know it may seem obvious. Yes it's normal to feel like there would be nothing without games if you are addicted to gaming. However, even knowing this I cannot help but feel terrified at the thought of never gaming again. Gaming isn't fun anymore. Moreover, it's a way for me to exercise my OCD by trying to achieve perfection in my virtual characters. I know this is an issue for me, but I cannot stop. I know that my life would improve if I could stop gaming. I'm so scared of not being able to game, that my anxiety shoots through the roof and I have panic attacks. How do I break this cycle? Ugh. Apologies if this has been asked before. I'm suffering with no idea on what to do next.
  4. Hey everyone, My name Tanner, though on the internet I generally go by Audley. When I first came across Game Quitters, I will admit I was skeptical. I have been going back and forth for the past month about quitting. Generally thinking about it for about 5 minutes before going back to gaming. But somehow I end up back on Game Quitters thinking "What if?". I know I have a problem. Even thinking about quitting gaming or leaving my computer causes me a great amount of anxiety. I have been gaming since I was young, but now it's my comfort zone. Like a warm blanket or something. I have spent literally thousands of dollars on games, PC parts, DLC, subscriptions, etc. Not to mention countless hours doing nothing but sitting in front of my computer; neglecting important things in my life. And I think to myself: "What do I have to show for it?". Sure it was fun in the moment, but now I'm just left with a bitter taste in my mouth. About the 5th or so time I visited the Game Quitters website, I knew without a doubt I had an issue that was consuming my life. I actually sent an email to Cam himself because I was almost angry because I misunderstood the point of Game Quitters and Respawn. I thought it was a scam and just another way of taking advantage of people with an issue. However, upon investigation and watching the YouTube videos that Cam has uploaded... well, I have learned he is sincere in both his actions and his intentions. So Cam if you are reading this please know I am sorry for the unwarranted email that probably came off a little more harsh than I meant it. I wasn't upset with Game Quitters - I was upset with myself. Now I want to move forward. Today is the day I take action. I am strongly considering purchasing Respawn when I get paid next. I really want to move forward in my life, and do something else. Thanks for listening everyone. Cheers