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Hi everyone, recently I have hit a really good point in my life. I sold my ps4 and got work as a software engineer. A great job I couldn't be happier. As anyone familiar with software knows you have to dedicate alot of time focusing on coding. I think I'm just here to hear what people have to say about my situation. Sometimes I get urges to game instead of code. I recently downloaded the pcsx2 and got a controller and while it is slow sly 2 is still a blast. I still think about games at night especially and watch videos about them sometimes. I guess what I'm wondering is, is gaming just a no no for me. Because to put it bluntly it won't improve my life. 

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Like most other things in life, it's subjective—we can't decide for you.

Some questions to get you thinking, though:

- Do you often play more than you intended to?

- Have you been able to not play when you said you would?

- How much time are you spending gaming? 2 hours a day? 4? 8?

- Do you crave gaming?

- You mentioned thinking about gaming and night and watching videos. Are the thoughts and video-watching more like the involvement you'd have in a sport (an interest), or more like the involvement you'd have with a drug (an impulsion)?

- Has gaming caused you to fail to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home?

- Have you used it even when you knew you were supposed to be doing something else?

- Have you given up other activities (ex. sports, time with friends) so you could game?

- Has anyone in your life expressed concern to you about how much you game or suggested that you cut back?

- Do you need to play more to get the same feeling?

- Are you irritable when you don't play?

Keep us posted. Good luck!

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On 12/20/2020 at 8:44 PM, codepants said:

Like most other things in life, it's subjective—we can't decide for you.

Some questions to get you thinking, though:

- Do you often play more than you intended to?

- Have you been able to not play when you said you would?

- How much time are you spending gaming? 2 hours a day? 4? 8?

- Do you crave gaming?

- You mentioned thinking about gaming and night and watching videos. Are the thoughts and video-watching more like the involvement you'd have in a sport (an interest), or more like the involvement you'd have with a drug (an impulsion)?

- Has gaming caused you to fail to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home?

- Have you used it even when you knew you were supposed to be doing something else?

- Have you given up other activities (ex. sports, time with friends) so you could game?

- Has anyone in your life expressed concern to you about how much you game or suggested that you cut back?

- Do you need to play more to get the same feeling?

- Are you irritable when you don't play?

Keep us posted. Good luck!

Dude, I have the same feeling, and I think it is my mind trying to trick me to go back playing, even a lil bit, because I match with most of those things (I usually played more than I should, I couldn't stop easily, I have given up activities just to game more...) and after 23 days of no gaming, I have this thoughts that, I could play certain games, but in reality I think I am trying to trick myself into gaming again...

In my opinion, I think I should not game for a long long time..

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