I have finally accepted that I have struggled with gaming over the years. It has often been excessive and impacted on various areas of my life. Single player gaming has been my issue, I think it is something about the way it fires my imagination. I am not escaping from anything; I have a fantastic fiancee, a job I enjoy and derive worth from, and great friends and family. I think it is just about the way the genre allows stories to be told and interacted with.
I have stopped single player gaming for the last three months, but I play a few hours a week online with friends. This is a massive reduction from the 20-25 hours a week I’d play. The reduction has allowed me to reconnect with old hobbies, and repair damage with my partner.
However, I have no desire to stop playing single player games long term. I enjoy them, and want to be able to use them responsibly, but not to the expense of everything else. I am sorry if the seems naive. My plan, which I would like this forum’s thoughts on, is to limit my gaming in a given week to 5 hours, forever, to be spread between single and multiplayer games. Before I would even consider returning to this, I want to meet some personal milestones – things that my gaming has previously impacted on. I have set specific goals for myself to achieve before I would consider returning to single player gaming. I have already met one in the last few months, but I have several more to go. I am in no rush.
I don’t suffer addictive effects anywhere else in life, and it is infuriating that I do with this. What do people think of my plan? Are there any other strategies I have not considered to mitigate the addictive element of gaming that has helped others here before?