lvdw added a topic in Daily JournalsThe Daily Journal of lvdwWell, Cam recommends starting one of these, so...
So what do I play games for? I guess I should look at each of the reasons Cam gives and evaluate each one, as well as possible hobby replacements.
First, Temporary Escape. Without. A. Doubt. Whenever I got a free moment or two, I would sit in front of my computer and spend hours playing. I guess the best replacement is to switch over to reading. I haven't read anything for fun in years, so I think that's a good place to start.
Second, Social Connection. Hmmm. I played single-player games primarily, and I don't keep up with many people outside of school to call my friends. But at the same time, gaming caused me to be far more withdrawn and asocial. So, what can I do as a hobby to meet people? Hmmm... I got nothing.
Third, Constant Measurable Growth. Or CMG. Or OMG written with a pen running out of ink backwards. My ADHD means that I suck at feeling satisfaction at things that don't interest me, and the CMG constantly gives me a dopamine boost. So what can replace this? Either jogging (I started C25K recently) or stock market day trading simulators (is that a thing?).
Fourth, Challenge, or mission or achievement or goal. Yes. It's actually why I don't play many goalless games like Minecraft (at least, not creative mode). I need something to strive towards. So my challenge? Get through university with Dean's List every semester. But for a hobby that can be considered a means to an end? Writing a book or starting a YouTube series, I suppose.
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lvdw added a topic in Start Here + IntroductionsObligatory Introduction PostHello. My name is...well, my username is lvdw. And like many of you, I suck at not playing video games.
In my case, much like Cam, I was never quite popular in high school. I felt incredibly isolated, and so turned to video games. Problem is, I never stopped turning to video games. It got to the point where I actually failed my first semester at community college because I spent so much time playing games and not much time studying or doing homework. It's been almost four years since then, and I've managed to complete enough credits at Community College to transfer to a university...right around the same time many of my old high school classmates are graduating.
I am determined to complete my bachelor's within the decade, and make Dean's List every semester. But I have determined that I can NOT do it while I have problems with gaming. I barely got a 3.5 GPA this past semester at community college, in part due to my late night gaming sessions.
I want to stop feeling like a fucking failure.
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