Temptation to start playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius again

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Mechageo
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Temptation to start playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius again

I've been playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius since it was launched in the United States.

It's a game based on traditional Final Fantasy games that features a "Gacha" (basically, a 25 cent machine random reward mechanic) system for using premium currency to buy units (heroes) that allow you to progress in the game. 

It also has a "stamina" mechanic so that people are forced to check in regularly and spend the stamina (which recharges one stamina point per 5 minutes) or "waste" the stamina and not progress in the game.

I'm working full time and going to school full time with a wife and three kids. Recently, I realized I was spending way too much time playing this game.  I was trying to play it in the background while studying so that I wouldn't waste stamina.

I have local friends who play with me and that's what had been driving me to continue playing.  This game's a single player game but comparing "rare pulls" from the gacha with friends can feel very rewarding, despite how shallow it is.

I quit cold turkey a week ago when things came to a head.  I had a 10 page research paper to write, kids were sick, and the game had become a long grindy chore to play. 

I felt great for a week.  However, I just learned from one of my friends that the game has released an update that isn't a grind, it's a play-once-and-get-the-rewards event.  They've also released a best-in-class item that was the same item type from a previous event that I failed to get. With it, any magic user I have on my team has incredible stats.  The event this item is from is limited to the next week. If I don't get the item during this time period, I won't get it ever.

I say all this to explain why I'm coming here today. I'm very tempted to start playing this game again. I understand intellectually that this game has next to no value when compared to the big picture of my life. Playing it feels like a compulsion. I wasn't even enjoying it when I was playing. 

I need help.  At the very least, I need kind words of encouragement to counter the words from my friends who are still playing the game.  I really don't want to play it again, but I can literally feel different parts of my brain struggling with this decision.  It's definitely the addiction trying to resurface. 

Any tips?

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Hello Mechageo, thanks for

Hello Mechageo, thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings. One of the great things about this community and 12step programs in general is that they have not only made me game-free, but more importantly, free from the urge to game.

I would recommend going to meetings (preferably face-to-face) and getting a sponsor to work step 1, it has been very helpful for me in order to stay game-free

Keep coming back :)

Never alone, go to meetings <3 Mumble voice meetings on cgaa are great, see you there <3

 

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