I would even go as far as to say, if you don't find a sense of responsibility in life, sooner or later you will go back to gaming, in that alternate reality. People on this forum achieved all sorts of amazing things after quitting the game: some go into public speaking, some are working towards starting a YouTube channel(not gaming related)/company, some are attending university, some find a job, some become parents and learn to tend to their children... I hope to see you join this list soon, you can do it!
Welcome Ben! If I could only give one piece of advice, it would be to get busy(and I don't mean busy playing the games or watching streams). It's very easy to get sucked back into gaming/procrastination when you don't have a goal to start with. When you have responsibilities, you can't afford to get bored or game late into the night. A job, school, or even volunteering. Hobbies on the other hand won't solve the problem because at the end of the day they are hobbies, and on the same priority level of gaming, and they obviously won't be as tempting as gaming, which is why a lot of people get sucked back into it when all they do is pick up a hobby. You need to do more than that.
You are most definitely not alone. I felt the same way as you did, and I can say even a lot of non-gamers feel exactly the same. As empty and blank as this will sound, having a girlfriend or 10000 friends do not say anything about if you're enough; 10 or 20 years down the line nobody is going to care about how many girls you slept with(probably other than your wife) or how many people you texted to chill. It's never about the number and always about the quality. I know people with 1500+ friends on Facebook, they seem really popular, but in the end they come breaking down in front of me because they are all acquaintances and they never really connected with anyone. That is really sad, not gonna lie. It's great that you are reflecting on this alone, but what I want to say here is even if other people tell you that you should be "social" and try to date a girl/get a lot of friends, do not do it just to impress them. Figure out what you want. Because in the end what others think will not matter. Remember what Dr. Seuss said, those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind (because they will accept you no matter who you are).
Juice or coffee can be your friend, but I wouldn't necessarily skip meals lol. At my school libraries there are caf areas where we can eat or order food. If you're studying at a public library and need to go somewhere for food doing 4 hours in one sitting is the same thing.
Yes for sure. When I say "go to the library for 8 hours" I do not mean you should literally stare at the books for 8 hours. Breaks are important, some do 25 + 5(study+rest) but I tend to prefer 60+10. Usually I just listen to about 2-3 songs and let my eyes rest a little.
Welcome, Raelana! I am an ex-league player and I am currently doing my undergrad, so we have a bit in common. It's awesome that you're cutting the game for good and finding a new hobby to enrich your life, I hope you're killing it at school also! Best wishes.
Same with the comments above, I would say "bitch" is the equivalent for "cunt" here in North America - one is taken very seriously, the other not as much. I really like your list - it's reasonable and practical, I chuckled a lil at the "talk to girls more". Best of luck Matthew! Good for you for quitting games and trying to take a positive spin on your life.
I clicked on it, it shouldn't be classified as spam haha! Too bad Twitter recently took down Vine, I felt that was something you would've liked to look into. I totally feel you on this, for the same reason I don't like watching movies with too much sci-fi or action elements because a lot of scenes in there are scientifically impossible or contradictory to the fundamentals. Yes I'm real fun at parties :^)
I would strongly suggest against the idea of social gaming(video gaming, not board games). Many people in my program still play league of legends and they know I am an ex-high elo player and often invite me to their gaming nights. I knew better than to go, because I'd get sucked back in again. There are other things to do other than gaming. Going out for a walk, watching a movie together, having a meal... etc.