Any avid gamer knows that when it’s time to play, then need to do it immediately without delay. The desire to play game could be equal to the urge to smoke, the feeling of wanting to gamble and the need to drink alcohol. People could also play games due to peer pressure and it becomes something that really excites them. Eventually, people can’t control the urge to play video games on PC or console.
Moderation may sound like a great concept, but it can be difficult to prevent. PC and consoles are wonderful technological gadgets that could give your excitement and fun. When you spend too much time with video games, you may start struggling to tell the difference between real world and virtual world. You may start to see everything around you based on this that you see and hear in video games. Even if you manage to sell your gaming devices, avoiding addiction isn’t a guarantee. Gaming and Internet cafes can be open 24/7 in your area. Even affordable smartphones today are capable of installing any of many thousands of free games for Android or iOS.
So, avoiding addiction is more like a personal decision and you need to struggle. Your relatives, friends and parents can offer you advices and options. However, everything still boils down to the personal decision. You should be able to say no to any of your bad habit. Here are things to do if you want to overcome struggle:
- Don’t stop abruptly: You should never stop abruptly, because it will very difficult to immediately stop your addiction. It’s better to put a restriction to yourself. As an example, you could allow yourself only 2 hours of playing time each day. Reduce it to 90 minutes daily the next week and 60 minutes daily the next week. Finally, it will be easier for you to have one or two days without playing games.
- Quit playing long-term games: MMORPG is a category of online game that’s notorious for causing addiction to millions people. You may think that it’s time to level up just one more time. Open world RPG could appear like controllable real life world right on your screen. You may try to play games with shorter and simple storyline to reduce immersion. You should choose a game that can be completed in a few weeks. Call of Duty, Battlefield and other first person shooter games can be completed relatively quickly in single player mode. However, you should avoid the trap of playing multiplayer option of these FPS games, because they can equally addictive. The latest trend of Battle Royale games is about a combination between shooter, open world platform and multiplayer interaction. They can also be addictive as well, so it’s a good idea to avoid whenever possible.
- Have the ability to say No to yourself: You should be able to control your urge by saying NO firmly to yourself. If it’s not time for playing, then it’s not time for playing. You need to tell yourself not to be stupid and silly. You should be able to connect with real people, instead of interacting with people through video games.