Now, for the past several years, I've been playing Starcraft 2 like crazy (for a teenager). At least 3 hours on weekdays, and usually 8-12 hours on weekends. I was a reasonably bright kid and could still keep straight A's while playing video games this much. It was this year, however, when things started getting bad. I was accepted to a prestegious boarding school and prestegious is analagous in this sense to EXTREMELY demanding. Naturally, I could not keep up with the academics here and with my Starcraft 2 playing. I chose the latter. I was very dissapointed in myself, considering all the effort my parents make to put me at this school.
I see people here sit down right after dinner and knock out 3 hours of homework every day, with exceptions sometimes (weekends usually have more work). That's what I needed to do. There was only one obstacle: Starcraft 2. I played so much that sometimes, that I would skip breakfeast, lunch, and dinner, not to mention sports. This had to stop. I did some research and found out on a forum post that I would have to email email@example.com to have my account deleted. In my state of motivation, I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to ask them to delete my account completely, and so the state of no return began... no Starcraft 2 for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, things hadn't gone as planned. Shortly after sending the email, video game withdrawl came in. I had already finished arrangements for not playing SC2 anymore; I deleted all the SC2 related files on my computer and prepared myself mentally for the hardships to come. I would have to wait 14 days for my account to be deleted. Unfortunately, the hardships won and the very next day, I had SC2 back on my computer and had sent an email to email@example.com to disregard my previous email. That's when things started getting really bad. My mindset: "Temptation will always get the better of me, so what's the point?".
Several weeks after that failed attempt, my mom came to my school for meetings with teachers (that included me). She was not happy, but also not the kind of person to get angry. She left me to my own devices with the feedback from teachers. The week after, I sent blizzard an email again, stating that I would like to delete my account. The standard reply came, claiming that I would have to wait 14 days for my account to be deleted. My new strategy was this: Play it all out, but NEVER, EVER, cancel my account deletion process. So for two weeks, I played even more than I did before (if that was even possible) and screwed up much of my academics, knowing that the next quarter I would be free from SC2.
The day finally came: 14 days from October 6, the day I sent for my account to be deleted. It didn't happen, so I waited another day. That day, I was still going all out on SC2, so I waited another day. Then I finally was compelled into action by a recent 71 I received on my math test. I literally sh** myself metaphorically. I sent an email to Blizzard in a paniced state of mind from seeing where my grades would be going if I continued playing SC2. I got a reply, saying that there was recent activity and that the people in charge of deleting my account halted the process. Well, there was no doubt about the recent activity on my account. I quickily shot back an email stating that I would like for my account to be deleted regardless of activity. Two days later (Today), I wouldn't be able to play SC2 even if I wanted to, and believe me, I WANTED to.
In the following weeks, I plan to involve myself in clubs every day and invest all my free time to studying or practicing piano or clarinet. I practiced in total about 2 hours of music, ran a 6 minute mile (with a lot of other workouts) in cross-country, and played an hour game of chinese checkers with my math teacher and other very smart people, which I lost terribly. I see myself recovering from my addiction and actaully becoming something in the future. That's my story, and it always gets longer. I'll keep everyone posted on how I cope with withdrawl and temptation and my progress as I become completely clean. From what I've heard, a video game addiction is harder to break than a crack-cocaine addiction so wish me luck; I'll need it.