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Hello everyone. I’m new to Game Quitters community and trying to do my best to quit playing League of Legends. I wonder what kind of games make you become a game addict? Please share and update a bit on your progress of game quitting. Hope to see some motivation from you guys.

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Welcome HarmonyHaag! It's great to have you here.😄

From what I've seen here, it is possible for all types of games to be incredibly addicting. Admittedly there are certain genres of Online Games that tend to be problematic, namely the competitive ones like League and the MMOs like WoW. But the individual reasons why people become addicted to video games are just that: Individual. Some found a sense of community, some found a sense of accomplishment, some found a way to escape from adversity in their real lives. For some it's all of those or none of those. And our motivations to quit are manifold as well.

When played my first video game (Minecraft) I was captivated by it like nothing else. During my teens, long periods of my life solely resolved around the next time I was able to play my favourite games: Minecraft, Ark, Cities Skylines, Hitman, and a few story games. I was never integrated into a gaming community, I never got a sense of accomplishment from the games I played, hell I never even finished anything I started - to my brain video games were simply the epitome of pleasure. I was never able to distance myself from them, even when they stopped being fun during the last 2 years. That was when I realized how compulsive my consumption had become.

I now see that I was fortunate to excel in school and my hobbies regardless. When I look at the time I wasted in the last 8 years, I have a lot of regrets. Today, I have a lot of opportunities that I simply refuse to waste. I don't want to feel the same regret when I am 30.

 

As a final thought: If you notice that video games affect your life negatively and you want to get better by quitting, you belong here. Some people here are relatively normal people that notice their gaming getting in the way of their lives, others have or had their life fall apart or have multiple psychiatric diagnoses. We are all in the same boat and here to help each other achieve what might be the hardest for many of us. And if you are in serious distress, make sure to get professional help.

 

Looking forward to updates on your progress!

Cheers,

David

 

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Most games to be honest, but primarily RPG's, MMO's and live service games. I get easily addicted to progression systems, character creations and that sort of stuff. The final game I played was Elden Ring and it had all of these elements as well as some specific mechanics that I struggled with. I do not like when I cannot control quest lines and character interactions and Souls games are notorious for sweeping the rug under the player in this regard. This means that I constantly restart my games and find myself in an endless loop of frustration.

I also get easily addicted to achievements and meta-progression which can become it's own painful game.

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On 10/17/2022 at 1:19 PM, HarmonyHaag said:

[...] what kind of games make you become a game addict?

For me, the most common characteristic in my binge gaming episodes is the "single player" experience.  The game doesn't have to be exclusively offline and single player, although they tend to be.  This can range from Minecraft to Elden Ring.

I think what I'm addicted to deep down is the sense of accomplishment (i.e., competence) I tend to get from the frequent extrinsic feedback, especially the positive kind.  Leveling up, accessing new content (characters, areas, items, etc.), finishing a quest/task, achievements/trophies... I don't always need to deliberately set these as goals, track them, and reward myself.  The game does most of that for me.

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On 10/17/2022 at 7:19 PM, HarmonyHaag said:

Hello everyone. I’m new to Game Quitters community and trying to do my best to quit playing League of Legends. I wonder what kind of games make you become a game addict? Please share and update a bit on your progress of game quitting. Hope to see some motivation from you guys.

Any game can do. It depends on what is the initial reason for a person to turn to a gaming activity instead of real life activity. For example it's more likely that someone who wants to socialize will be addicted to an online multiplayer videogame but someone who is just escaping some real life troubles might get addicted to a single player game just fine as well. Plus nowadays they very often merge single player and multiplayer games together.

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3 hours ago, Niko_Buccellati said:

Any game can do. It depends on what is the initial reason for a person to turn to a gaming activity instead of real life activity. For example it's more likely that someone who wants to socialize will be addicted to an online multiplayer videogame but someone who is just escaping some real life troubles might get addicted to a single player game just fine as well. Plus nowadays they very often merge single player and multiplayer games together.

Second this! It really depends on two factors: what you're seeking from games (fun, genuine connection, escapism, immersion) and how strong the addictive mechanisms in games are (ex/intristic rewards, lootboxes, progression, etc.). 

For me, I seek cognitive challenge/logical thinking, immersion, and some escapism. Games that I avoid, then, are competitive multiplayer or those realistic and complex gameplay mechanics (Rain World/Noita). Games that do not trigger anything for me are Minecraft (no challenge or immersion) or Visual Novels (no challenge, little escapism).

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Hey HarmonyHaag! 🙂

@Captain_Pilz has summarized it perfectly, i think.

Personally, I find games with the following aspects most addicting (for me it is League of Legends):

- they are competitive (elo system / PvP)

- constant ingame progress / a scaling system with lvl ups etc.

- turn-based games, where it is easy to play multiple rounds in a row = games with no end point (mainly online games)

- being social / games that create a feeling of togetherness / where you feel that you belong

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