I was going to say wait until your spouse leaves you but that's just too harsh...but that's what it took before I finally realized how bad game addiction is. Anyway here's what I recommend you folks who are on the road to complete recovery to prevent from backsliding into game addiction again:
1. Own a computer that cannot run the game you are most addicted to. In Christianity it is often taught that the best way to avoid falling into sin is avoiding the temptation altogether. Breaking up the CDs is not going to do you any good if you can just go back to the game shop and by another one. Buying another PC will make you think twice about getting back into the game.
2. Break your game CDs "ritual style". If you're a believer, offer the CDs to God and tell him that it's only His strength that you can conquer this addiction. If you're an atheist, make a mental scene where you break the addiction in your mind. I hammered my CDs in front of my wife, telling her that I'm finally done with gaming for ever.
3. Stay away from other gamers (especially the game you're addicted to) and also anything that makes you drawn to that game such as the game site you're a member of, books, etc.
4. Make an effort to learn another language. Not only will mastering another language make you more intelligent, you can actually add that to your resume. If you're a big anime fan, can you imagine how cool it would be if you could understand the Japanese dialogue without reading the annoying sub-titles? Truth be told you cannot include your gaming achievements in your resume, unless you're applying for a game quality assurance executive.
5. Exercise / Work-Out. This is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself (and your special other). That stupid game cannot make you look better when you take your shirt off in the beach this summer. However, 30 minutes to an hour three times a week in the gym plus the rest time you take will make you healthier and maybe even sexier.
6. Plan and actually do fun things and spend quality time with your special other. For those who have neglected their special others in the forums, now is the best time you start reclaiming all that time you've thrown out and lost. Don't wait until its too late like I did.
7. Pray -- for the believers in the group. This is your best offense against temptation. Remember that God will never give you anything that is beyond your capacity.
8. Be involved in ministry or do outreach programs. In the end it all boils down to how you want to live your life. Do you want to throw away your life on a game? Then don't stop playing? Or do you want your life to make a positive impact on those around you, perhaps even the world? Then reach out and be of service to your fellow men.
9. Learn a musical instrument. Seriously. I personally find it quite weird when I meet people who do not even know what the musical notes are. Learning the piano for example is not that hard especially if you're just going to play the chords or
9.5 LEARN SOMETHING USEFUL. Are you close to filing bankruptcy because of your mismanaged debt? Then get a book on credit/finance management and figure out how to get out of your desperate financial situation.
10. Get another job even a part time job. YES if you have 40-60 hours a week you can spend playing a game YOU CAN get another job and make more money for savings or future investment.
Imagine how miserable you're going to be when someday, because of gaming, you will end up:
1. Homeless because you lost your job, declared bankruptcy and got kicked out of your apartment/house because you cannot pay rent/mortgage.
2. Widowed because your special other has left you for a responsible non-gamer.
3. Depressed and delusional because finally the game stopped making sense and giving you purpose and you've dug a very dig personal grave.
4. Dead because when you ended up homeless, widowed and depressed you decided the easiest way out (as usual) is to just end it.
5. In hell because you took away the life God gave you because of your game addiction.
OR it could be just the opposite. Your life, your choice.
Edited by: lizwool at: 11/25/06 14:34