In need of managing...

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Leto Polaris
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In need of managing...

i realize that i have a slight problem with my gaming habits, in fact i spenf close to 4-5 hours a day plaing on the Star Wars Combine, however i am in a state of confusion of whether it is good for me or not because of the fact that i actually spend about 4/5 of that time doing artwork for the game.

I would preferably like a way to control how much time i spend on the computer playing online games so that i can spend more time on my school work and studying.

Any help that can be given to me reagarding ways to control this and improve my condition would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

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Re: In need of managing...

While doing computer art is very productive, using a game as your muse isn't always as forgiving. My suggestion (and only a suggestion from another gamer) is that you should remove everything from your computer that has to do with the game. After that, start doing art about other things or things related to what you like.

Was 4/5 of your time doing art for the game spent on signatures, commics involving the game, or backgrounds for the game? If so, then you're supplementing your addiction on another medium. Start working on images you can sell!!

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try to stop completely for a time, then if you still want start again after 2-3-weeks

If you have trouble doing this, and moderating afterwards, beware as then you have telltale signs of addiction. If you could stop gaming and moderate afterwards, wonderfull.

If not, you should read around on this site, there are many suggestions what to do but basically the sure-fire way is to quit gaming completely.

If you do CGArt and plan to continue on it, it might not be an option to you.

Try to find out what got you into gaming addictively in the first place.

wish you to make it

Maxim

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Edited by: calm force at: 3/14/06 15:18

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What I suggested to my friends when I left the game was this:

Try not to game for game for a week.

If you dont think at all of what goes on in the game or you just dont care and it's not on your mind then I think that you are just a casual gamer.

If your mind is troubling you because you are not logged, you feel abadonned by not playing, you feel alone if you dont game, you have sudden urges to log in a game these are rather big signs there is some "problematic gaming" right there.

Then if you have this condition, then you should start thinking of leaving games all togheter because you have a problem on your hands.

Casual gaming for a gamer that is in a state or "problematic gaming" cannot manage his gaming. Gaming has gained control over your free will and gaming has becomed a compulsion. Something you dont want to do but you are doing because you have an uncontrolled urge to do.

Compulsions are generally destructives. Gaming maybe less then crack cocaine we can admit, but can leave you pretty depressed and socialy isolated.

Dont think that is a desirable state anyone want to live in.

Philippe

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Re: In need of managing...

thanks for all the suggestions but i am looking for a way to help manage my problem because i am planning on going into a career in digital media(the art i spoke of early, as well as 3d animation). I like to stay sharp is another thing, but the fact remains that i spend too much time on the computer itself, is there any kind of management that would work best like giving myself computer time as a reward or something?

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Really thaught about this and "managing" gaming is a personnal choice.

Personnaly I really cant manage my gaming, so I prefer not to because this has been a problem in my life.

If you feel you can manage your time spent in a game, I think you will find the right balance between your personnal life and gaming. If you cant achieve this balance you might have to consider making other choices of career.

It's like an alcoolic working in a bar. That person might have to change his perspective toward work to maintain his sobriety.

It might the case for you, but I sincerely hope you will achieve this goal if it's what you desire. I dont think there is a right or wrong receipe to acheive this except a serious dose of common sence.

Philippe

Edited by: Nitestalker at: 3/16/06 8:58

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