I've just signed up to the Elite Respawn program as I am ready to quit gaming for good. I had a revelation this week that I am addicted to video games. I reflected on my life and decided a certain things need changing for the good, gaming was the standout issue.
I started playing games when I was 5, and I am now 30 years old. It started off being just harmless fun, but when I got to secondary school I used it as an escape from being bullied. I become pretty obsessed with games and always had a something to play. But it has come to the point where it is just habit and my love for it has faded compared to what it was, but the addiction and habit is still there.
Now I literally spend more time thinking about games than playing them. I think about what game I want to play next, watch YouTube videos on the game, research the best price and then finally get the game. Most of the time I wouldn't even complete the game before I've lost interest and onto looking into the next. It has gotten to the point where I own so many that I can't keep up. This process has been going on for the last few years but I have finally admitted I have a problem. I said to my girlfriend I will just complete 2 more games before I start but soon realised that that is just like an alcoholic saying one more drink, or I'll start on Monday.
So here I am!
I am ready to get more time back. Get into new hobbies. But most of all, stop this constant thought process away from games and get back into touch with reality and my true emotions.
If you have gotten this far, thanks for reading. And if you have also realised your gaming addiction, talk to somebody you trust. I opened up to my girlfriend this week and it felt so much better to open up!