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I started gaming on the Atari 2600. Back then the games were kind of repetitive, but as a kid that didn't matter. I couldn't get enough, I'd be able to clock Space Invaders more than 3 times in a row.

As a teenager I fed more than a small amount of my pocket money into arcade machines such as Mortal Kombat and numerous others.

But it wasn't until consoles such as the playstation came out that gaming became a problem. Games used to have engaging stories, you'd want to get to the next level to find out what happens next. And it was more than once that I would get home from work and sit down to play for a couple of hours. Next thing I knew the sun was coming up and it was time to go to work again. Fortunately games used to have an ending so once I had finished a game there wasn't a lot of reasons to keep playing.

Years later World of Warcraft came out. I loved the other Blizzard games but I didn't see how playing as one character would be as entertaining as their strategy games. It was a few years later that I decided to give it a try. Big mistake, I became addicted and while I wasn't as drawn in as other people all other areas of my life stagnated. What woke me up was as the time living with a flatmate who was obsessed to the point that was all he did. WoW was all he talked about. He would get angry about a small change in the game when patches came out. I did not want to become someone who would rage about something that happened in an imaginary world. I quit soon after. I'd still occasionally play console games but I promised myself I would no longer play online games that never end.

A few years later, I was living in the house that I bought with my girlfriend. Like all relationships, there were ups and downs. After a while I decided I would play WoW in my spare time. Some people drink to hide away from their problems, I'm ashamed to admit that I hid away from life in video games. Problems don't go away just because you hide from them. After a while I typed in /played and saw a huge chunk of my life had gone into this pointless game. I uninstalled and started dealing with my problems in our relationship like I should have already been doing. We broke up later due to reasons unrelated to gaming.

I came to the same conclusions Cam has come to when it comes to avoiding video game addiction. I stopped completely and vowed never to take it up again. I've had a few times where I thought I could just play a little. Some people can do it in moderation, and I see no problem with that. But when I start with video games I don't stop. The only solution that works for me is to avoid them altogether.

Looking forward to contributing to this forum.

Ed

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Thanks for the link Cam.

:D that sounds like quite a challenge, how do you read so fast Ed?
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?Years of practice :)

I've always read a lot and even as a teenager while other guys were complaining about reading a 200 page book, I was reading 400-600 page books for fun. There have been a few books that have taken me longer than a week but some are shorter so it averages out. I don't find it to be a huge challenge to read a book a week, the challenge comes in writing a review that I'm happy with.

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It's also worth noting that the average book is about 200 pages, and based on average reading speeds you can read about 30 pages an hour.

200 pages divided by 7 days = 28.57/pages/day to finish an average book each week.

So if you read an hour a day, you should be able to do it. :D

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