Markus 10 Posted October 8, 2022 Share Posted October 8, 2022 Hi all ☺️ I'm happy to finally write here. I've been lurking r/stopgaming for a couple of years at least and today I feel like I've had enough of my compulsive gaming habit. I've quit gaming for 60 days or so in past during my past studies so I know it's possible and I want to do 60 days again and then push even further. Previously I relapsed because a game I had waited for 4 years was released. My goal with gaming is to have it just as an occasional activity with friends or my gf and to not play alone. As the title states, I'm a game developer. I make mobile games for living for and making them for the day and playing more games in the evening has made me sick of modern video games. Nowadays I can't find as much enjoyment from gaming as before, because I keep seeing the dark design patterns, money sink monetization and game loops that have been built for the player in order to keep them playing. I just see games as a product and time sink for players, not a fun toy that games used to be to me. I've worked in the games industry for 5+ years now and I like the people who I work with and find the technical side of video games fascinating. In the future I might steer away from games to some other industries, but at the moment it's not an option. I have played video games since 4 years old and as an 28 years old still playing video games on my free time for a couple of hours a day on average I've started to feel like I'm neglecting a big part of my life and sometimes even my loved ones. My biggest issue is using game as a time filler when there are no plans whatsoever and that has lead me with 3400+ hours in Dota 2 and probably 5000+ hours in other games combined. I understand why I've played so much as gaming has helped me get past hard times etc, but the numbers are still baffling🙃 So far I've been successful at quitting Dota and other competitive games for good. I haven't played that game since May and am still adamant about my decision. I have found that I tend to steer towards competitive games with ranked ladders since I want to feel progress and to have a clear indication of my progress. Games with lots of progression tracks are also very addictive to me. Video games just make it very easy to see progress as the progress is faster too. In real life I'm currently trying to figure out what offline activities I enjoy doing and also try to stay far from Youtube and other addictive social media platforms. Pleased to meet you all! 🙂 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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