How to Overcome Video Game Addiction

Updated on June 19, 2018
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David is an avid video gamer across multiple platforms such as PC, consoles, handheld devices, and mobile phones.

You only start out with one life, don't squander it on video games.
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What is Video Game Addiction?

Video game addiction is simply being addicted to video games. Unfortunately this addiction is growing at a fast pace. While it may not affect the body directly like alcohol or cigarettes would, it can still devastate lives when people take things way too far when it comes to video games.

Truth be told, I once was addicted to video games. I let it ruin a lot of things in my life. I still play video games, but I learned how to enjoy them in moderation.

This article will cover the following:

  • Symptoms of video game addiction.

  • How to overcome video game addiction.

  • The tragedy of Shawn Woolley.

  • My addiction to video games.

Video game addiction can start at an early age.
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Symptoms of Video Game Addiction

First, you have to identify if you or someone you know is addicted to video games. There are a few signs that will clue you in if someone has a problem:

  • Spends a lot of free time playing video games. It may have just started to be a one hour a day thing, but then you notice the person spending every free moment playing a video game or doing something video game related.
  • Neglects school or work. This one should be obvious. If the person calls in sick or stays home from school to play a game, then there is a problem. Having a vacation day from work isn't a bad thing, but skipping either work or school can be a bad thing if it's for a video game. I know, I skipped college for video games.
  • Ignores family. Choosing a video game over family is always bad, and a sure sign of addiction. If kids are neglected, or a spouse feels alone, then there is a problem. Video games are never more important than family.
  • Lets their personal appearance go. Since the person is always playing video games, personal hygiene won't seem as important. The more someone lets themselves go, the bigger the problem is.
  • Health issues start to come up. If the person stays awake all night playing video games, has mood swings, etc., that could be a sign of video game addiction. A person can even die if they focus on playing video games without a break.
  • Spends money on video games prior to the necessities. Obviously video games are the priority for this person, and not the things they need to survive. If the rent goes unpaid just so the person can buy the latest games, then there is a problem with addiction.

What Video Game Addiction Affects

What Video Game Addiction Affects
How
Family
Feeling neglected and ignored. Feels like video games are more of a priority.
Friends
Feels ignored, friends eventually will go away after awhile.
Work
Work performance suffers, could eventually lose job.
Physical Health
Gain weight, seizures, fatigue, etc.
Mental Health
Anger issues, depression, withdrawal.
Finances
Loss of income could result in not being able to buy food, losing house, etc.
Video game addiction can affect family, friends, and more.
Someone addicted to video games ignores the world around them.
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How to Overcome Video Game Addiction

Fixing an addiction to video games, like all other addictions, can be a difficult process. However, in time someone can learn to enjoy video games without being addicted to them. The following tips can be used to curb a video game addiction.

  • Don't stop cold turkey. Video games, unlike some other addictions, can fill in a lot of time. Stopping altogether may leave a huge void in your life, and cause you to relapse and sink more time into video games. The goal is to curtail how much time you spend playing video games.
  • Play in moderation. Set a specific number of hours (or minutes) to play video games per day. Set a countdown on your phone. Once that timer goes off, you stop playing.
  • Eliminate how many systems you own. Between console, handheld and other gaming systems, there just isn't enough time in the day to play them all. People try. Instead, only have one system you play games on. This will allow you to be focused on one system only, without feeling the need to play games on each and every system.
  • Avoid MMO's. If you have a severe addiction to games, MMO's are the worst games you can play. MMO's are huge time sinks. People have been known to die while playing a MMO, since they play them for days at a time without a break.
  • Take a break every hour. For each hour of play, stand up, walk around, etc. for a few minutes. It's unhealthy to sit in front of a screen for hours at a time without a break.
  • Limit how much money you spend on video games. If you set aside $60 a month on video games, then for the most part you are just buying 1-2 games per month. If you limit your spending, you limit your addiction.
  • Choose games with physical activity. Games are becoming more movement based. Some require you to stand and move your body. While they are still video games, they can encourage exercise.
  • Include your family. There are a lot of video games that families can play together. Not only will it allow you to play a video game, it will include your family as well. Just remember to teach your children moderation, and if you have to, stop their game time as well. This may also increase an addiction, so it may not be the right way to go.
  • Seek help. There could be underlining issues why someone is addicted to video games. Seeking a mental health professional is not a bad thing and is nothing to be ashamed of. You can talk to your primary care physician about it as well.
  • Determine if there are other issues going on. An addiction to video games may be caused by something else going on in your life. The step above, talking to a mental health professional, can help you identify and possibly address that.
  • Find other hobbies. Start a collection of some sort, do some gardening, etc. Something else to keep your hands and mind busy. Some of these you can also include your friends and family.
  • Review your life. Look at your life as it is now. What could be better? Maybe there is a job you missed out on due to your video game addiction. Maybe you missed a child's event at school. Take those wrongs and try to make them right.

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The Tragedy of Shawn Woolley

In 2001, Shawn Woolley killed himself. The online game of Everquest was running at the time of his death. It was his mother that discovered him dead. The mother blamed the game for her son's suicide, while the CEO of Sony disagreed.

There was no proof that Everquest resulted in his suicide. His mother stated he was addicted to the game and his suicide could be due to a possible love interest in the game. However, there is no concrete proof that was the cause.

Video game addiction may have played a big part. Shawn also had a lot of medical issues (mental health and physical), which could have been worsened by the fact he was on his computer all of the time. He also stopped working, stopped paying his bills, and stopping interacting with his family.

Who is to blame? That's hard to say. His mother tried to get her son help, and it was not Sony's responsibility to ensure people seek help. But this is proof that video game addiction is a real issue.

In 2002, Shawn's mother founded On-Line Gamers Anonymous to help others addicted to video games.

It's up to the addicted person's friends and family to confront the person about their addiction. They have to take responsibility as much as the addicted person. They can't just say, "It's only a video game." They have to step in and help.

Video game addiction should be taken as seriously as any other addiction.
Video game addiction should be taken as seriously as any other addiction. | Source

My Addiction to Video Games

I had been playing video games for as long as I could remember. It caused major issues throughout high school, but I was able to graduate.

When I had my first job, around the age of 18, video games were becoming even more popular. The Playstation had just been released, PC games were becoming all the rage, and I had the money to buy a lot of them.

That same year I also started college. I would have had time to work on my studies, but I spent a lot of my time playing video games. My addiction was so bad that I would skip classes to go to work, just so I would have more money to buy video games.

Eventually, I dropped out of college and worked full time. My addiction, along with other factors, made me lose almost everything. I lost friends and family, and had no direction in my life.

In time I took ownership of my life, and put myself on a better path. I still play video games to this day, and I enjoy them a lot. But if I still had an addiction issue, would I be writing this article? No. I learned to play video games in moderation. You can too.

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World Health Organization

In June 2018, the World Health Organization classified gaming addiction as a "gaming disorder", paving the way for mental health professionals to provide treatment to those persons who may be addicted to video games.

This is only an initial step in recognizing video games as an addiction. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association disputes that video game addiction is a disorder. However, it's a start to recognizing the problems video games can cause to the mental and physical health of an individual.

Questions & Answers

  • How can I find a hobby to take up free time when video games have made hobbies either boring or seem stupid?

    Hobbies typically require trying something until you find you like it. I enjoy writing, for example, and use that hobby and involve video games, to sorta connect the two.

    I also have a lot of collections, writing as I said, my cats, my car, etc. Try different things - you'll find something.

  • Could I overcome my video game addiction if I destroy my Xbox?

    Destroying your Xbox (or any game system) is a bit extreme. You can do more with it by selling it for cash. Also, have you tried cutting back or setting a limit on yourself first? That can be easier than just cutting cold turkey. A small number of people can just stop with something and not pick it back up, but it may be hard to do that.

    Instead, talk to your family, reach out to them and ask for help. Say you want to find other ways to spend your time instead of gaming. Explore other hobbies, take more classes in school, or find a good physical activity to do.

  • How can I overcome my addiction to battle royale games on my phone?

    That's hard, since it's being blasted on every video game site, every game that can have one will have one, etc.

    Following the tips in this article covers any type of game. Find support in your life, cut down the gaming time, find some professional help that may assist with your addiction.

    If it's on your phone - uninstall the app and remove your credit card. Make it hard for you to reinstall it (like require a password each time you want to install an app). Put up those walls so you can back out of playing the game.

  • How long does it take to forget about video games if one has a video game addiction?

    You will probably never forget about video games. We are bombarded with gaming stuff on a daily basis. The only way to truly disconnect is to shut off all electronics, but that's near impossible as well.

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      Unknown 

      4 weeks ago

      I play video games just to overcome my stress I didn't that ill be addicted to it

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Your parents already are aware you spend too much time gaming. You need to go to them and acknowledge you have an issue. Stress you don't want to completely stop. Stopping completely may not be the right thing, but curtailing how much you game may. State you feel it's an issue and you want help in dealing with it. They are your parents, they will want to help you and appreciate it if you go to them.

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      Apolinar 

      2 months ago

      I forgot that i have the same problem with youtube if I don't play games, that I just watch other people and get sucked in the void of games.

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      Apolinar 

      2 months ago

      HI, im currently in high school, but the problem is that I want to succeed and go to college to design games instead of always playing them, and if it wasn't obvious already is that I have the feel and need to play everyday and almost the whole day after school. I get in trouble with my parents and im on the edge of losing everything i worked for, I feel scared, afraid, and worse, a failure. So i need as much help as I can get and I thought this website was very informative and helpful and I could really use some advice about now if im gonna break out of this addiction, because im tired of feeling sad and angry at myself for never being able to confront this addiction and as if im never gonna succeed. Do you have any advice that could tremendously help me.

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's understandable. The issue isn't the gaming, it's what other things may have happened or what you are feeling that is having you rely on gaming as a coping mechanism.

      I strongly recommend you talk to someone about it. A family member or a friend. Then, seek some sort of professional help through a mental health professional. A professional will be able to talk to you about how you are feeling in an effort to help you.

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Do you have someone you can talk to about this, like a family member? Talking to someone else may help determine if you are addicted, or you just play a lot because there is nothing to do.

      You didn't disclose your age, but what about a job, school, or some other activity outside of the home? Take up a hobby that doesn't involve any electronic device.

      However, I do recommend you talk to a family member about how you are feeling.

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      Sebastian 

      3 months ago

      I've had my fair share of it. Been playing mmos. Currently subscribed to humble bundle. If i can't play. I watch how people play the game via youtube or twitch. Doing this the whole day. Currently on financial support

      Yet the thing is. I want to get out. I want to get that higher life achievement but these things just pull me back. This has been my coping mechanism to every thing that i endured. But it has become a double edge sword to me.

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      Scott 

      3 months ago

      This article helped a little bit because i did search how to treat gaming addiction but i just still feel like playing games all day mainly because there is nothing really to do in my neighborhood. I am a Steam user although i used to play Xbox. I mainly play survival games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Call of Duty: Zombies. I do try to help myself but like I said, theres nothing really else to do where i live besides watch movies and TV (which i sometimes do). I feel like my health is still fine right now but I still want a little bit of help.

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      David Livermore 

      3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      So both you and your husband are deep back into WoW again. I get that, I've had my fair share of WoW obsession myself.

      If you want to taper the use, there are parental controls that can be set up to allow only play time at certain times or limit the hours, but you would probably want someone else to set that up on your behalf.

      However, I strongly encourage you to seek some sort of mental health treatment. I encourage you to reach out to family members or friends who can help. Avoid getting on the PC. I wish there is more I can do from here, but all I can say is that you can find a way to limit or eliminate playing the game. Just reach out to someone close to you and ask for help.

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      Cali 

      3 months ago

      I finally broke my gw2 addiction after a year of beating diabetes and 40 hrs a week playing. Am still disableled and hubby brought WoW back in house after 8 yrs clean on that game. It has gotten bad again where all we think or do is about the game. I have Lyme disease so it’s not like we can do what we used to (hike, bike and more) but we are missing out on so much. The problem is neither of us is strong enough to delete the dang game again. Tonight I stopped and cried for about 2 hrs after I solo ran 20 raids in last 24 hrs. “ is this really my life”. I don’t know what to do but I am tired of living in a fish bowl. I want my life (as much as I can with an illness) and my husband back. Thoughts?

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I strongly recommend you try to talk to your real life friends or any family members who can help you. If you feel you can't, then make contact with a mental health provider and state what issues you are having. They can connect you to someone who will be able to help.

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      Willie lombard 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I'm turning 31 in may and I've been addicted to games most of my life. At first it wasn't a issue had a great start in a rugby career after graduating and basically after my parents died filling the void I played games and interact ed with people I met online. It has gone as far as selling everything I had to pay rent etc cause of my addiction and it has affected me physically and mentally. I need help

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      Anon 

      3 months ago

      I've been addicted to video games my whole existence. After tried to shift to a game development field and freelancing. I started Doing so thinking it was a way to keep going. Kept playing checking out new stuff. Watching twitch. But i noticed i just get some remorse after not doing anything important throughout the day. I'm currently taking up license to teach yet i do get delayed by other real world stuff (not gaming) Yet the next day i keep on going. Yes i do need help.

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      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Keep in mind cutting cold turkey can be hard. You may want to consider just moderating your time instead of just quitting. Talk to your girlfriend about it and enlist her support. Try to avoid friends or conversations if gaming is involved.

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      Steve 

      4 months ago

      I've been addicted to video games for around 15 years now and I only just turned 31.

      I've quit several times only to relapse after a couple of months because my friend go on about how good a game is and I just lose it and buy another console. I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready to start a degree part time settle down with my girlfriend. I desperately need to stop. My life is turning to shit again after starting in November 2017 after 6 months away. I need some help. M genuinely ready to sell my Xbox tomorrow.

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      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      How so? If you feel it's serious and interferes with your life, I strongly recommend you talk to friends or family about it and see what help is out there for you. talking to a mental health professional might be the way to go.

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I've been there many times and the feeling from it horrible.

      Finding other things to replace with can help, l like hobbies and other activities.

      But if you feel empty without games, you may need help. Talk to someone you know about how you feel and go from there.

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      Ben 

      4 months ago

      I'm experiencing a 'burnout' which means i don't enjoy video games anymore but i can not replace it yet. I continuously reinstall and uninstall old and new games, feeling stuck and hard to breathe.

      Without games, i feel empty and clueless. With games, i feel guilty and inferior.

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      Ben 

      4 months ago

      I'm 30 and i have serious problem related to video games

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      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's good your parents only restrict it to weekends. Moderation may be better than completely cutting it off.

      Continue to focus on sports. Find a way to play on the weekends. Hang out with friends (while avoiding video games).

      Or, reach out to your parents. It sounds like they care, and they will be able to help.

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      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I have been addicted to MOBAs myself. Mostly LoL and HotS. If you have a co-worker, teacher, or someone else in your life, you can reach out to them. If not, I recommend you try to find help with a mental health professional. You can each search online for agencies in your area to help.

      I'm not a therapist, but if you want to talk more, you can contact me directly at novideogame@yahoo.com.

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      Jake 

      4 months ago

      I'm 13 and i'm looking and I dont want this to happen because i'm really good at baseball. My parents only let me play on weekends, but on weekends i just can't stop playing any tips on how to help it not get worse.

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      Stuart Lantz 

      4 months ago

      I’ve been addicted to video games for 10+ years now. Most times I can’t stop being addicted to one game unless I start being addicted to another( LoL, then WoW, then HotS(Heroes of the storm) etc.) I know being addicted to MOBA games sound crazy, but it happens to me a lot. I don’t have an option to reach out to anyone. I don’t really have any friends, and If I reach out to Family they just say “it’s just a game, stop playing” or “get over it, do something right for once in your life”, although at this point I don’t even have much of a life.

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      David Livermore 

      5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I recommend you reach out to your family for assistance. They will provide the best support for you to deter how much time you spend playing video games. Stopping cold turkey is hard, so that may not be the right first step, but you can overcome the addiction.

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      Antonio 

      5 months ago

      I'm addicted to video games. I play 40+ hours a week. My grades have dropped so far that I'm going to flunk. I just can't stop and I have no idea what to do. If I do take a brake, it will make me go insane. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SEND HELP

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Just like I said. You're reaching out now, which is great, but there is only so much I can do through these messages. Reaching out to someone in person will help bridge you to the help you need.

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      kaelen 

      5 months ago

      i cant stop!!! i feel bad

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      Cody 

      5 months ago

      Thank you for trying to help me. Is there anything other way you would suggest to me that might be able to stop this addiction.

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      David Livermore 

      5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Cody,

      It's great that you want help in this area. I recommend you talk to your parents or a school counselor. I know it will be hard, but you need to show them this article and post and ask for help in controlling it. It's okay to reach out to others. Find support with those who have helped you in the past, then go from there.

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      Cody Castaneda 

      5 months ago

      I have messed up badly to the point where I said I would never play video games, listen to music, or watch YouTube videos either this problem has gone to school. My life is messed up. I need help breaking this adiction. This addiction as n going on since 6 grade which which now I am 11th grade. I play about 21 to 23 hours week. It has gotten so bad that I am sneaking the games at night. I have been trying cold turkey. When ever stop for about a week of non games I play once and get sucked back in to it. It feels like my life is ruined. Please do somthing and help me I need the help.

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      I'm Charlie and i am an ADDICT!!! 

      6 months ago

      Do you know the way! ...sorry i'm addicted to Memes's!!!

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      David Livermore 

      6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I wish you luck. Quitting gaming is a hard thing to do. If you need to, seek help. There is nothing to be ashamed off. There are those out there who will help you.

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      Goldeneye007P99 

      6 months ago

      I am almost addicted, I don't skip school, I don't pass 3 hours of game time, though I play daily and within 1-2.5 hours and some more time when I can (and if I can), I do get exercise, or at least a few hundred yards every now and then, but overall I am lazy (still keep my body though?), and sometimes leave my grandmother (from my father's side) for my games, my parents say I go too far, I guess they are right. I feel ashamed, today I had the task to try to keep away, I tried, but ultimately failed, now I stopped cold turkey, and yeah, it hurts, I am very ashamed, I was ever since I had the moderate problem. Thank you for writing this article, it could possibly give me my 6th chance before it got too late, I really appreciate.

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      David Livermore 

      7 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I've been there. I messed up my life due to games, but you can find a way to balance the two.

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      A guy that messed up 

      7 months ago

      I’ve messed up bad , failed my A-Levels twice , I’m at the point where I don’t know where to go in life. Been trying to quit my gaming addiction , your article is truly inspiring and helpful , thank you

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      Joseph 

      7 months ago

      I am only young and i feel I have no connection with reality. I think I’m very addicted to video games his advice should help me stop my addiction or turn it down.

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      David Livermore 

      9 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If you feel your addiction is becoming out of control, you need to seek help with your family or friends. A mental health professional can assist as well.

      I'm still addicted. I play games daily, but I balance it with other life activities - such as writing, working, and going out with people.

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      the_raven 

      9 months ago

      Finally, someone who understands that video-games are an addiction! I've been playing v-g's on PC since I was like 6. I'm almost 25 now, and I want to get my life together. I am trying to get over the addiction, but I just can't. The life in my city is boring, I have no possibility (nor desire) to move away, but I love sci-fi and adventure, so games like Stellaris, Jedi Academy, and Mount & Blade are really down my alley. I tried picking up reading, but as soon as I read something interesting (or watch a movie), I instantly get the urge to experience it - even so distantly - and the only option that I have is through v-g's. My hobbies aren't of much use either. I used to collect pebbles, but I got over it (since what's the point hoarding a pile of stones?). I should try photography (which will make me go out more often), but I just ain't sure. Sports aren't my favorite thing, though I did apply for dance teaching as my second profession. Now if only I could force myself to get off my bum and get to work!

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      Hi I'm Hayden and I'm an Addict 

      10 months ago

      Paradox has me under the solleret boot of Crusader Kings 2

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      David Livermore 

      10 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I recommend you read and following the tips I outlined in this article. But if you are unable to do it on your own, reach out to your family or friends for help, or, reach out to a mental health professional. There are people that will help you.

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      Strategy Gamer 

      11 months ago

      I have a family member keep my favorite games hidden away to keep me from wasting too much time on them. I will reward myself with game time once very few weeks, and then put them away again to avoid staying up all night playing them.

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      David Livermore 

      12 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Addiction can come in many forms - PC games, consoles, mobile, etc. Mobile games, especially games like Animal Jam, are a bad addiction due to the heavy play time and money you can spend in them.

      Honestly she needs to take the iPad away from you and not allow you access since it's a mobile game. You can quit. It's as easy as uninstalling the application and forgetting about it. Companies like that prey on people like you, don't let them win. It's a matter of self control.

      Therapy is your choice, but your family should be involved in this and should help you with it. Yelling at you won't help, but helping you find other ways to cope is best. Show your mother this article and your comment, reach out to her.

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      Addict 

      12 months ago

      I am addicted to Animal Jam Play Wild, an online MMO game that is not with an Xbox or anything but with my own iPad. Is that the same as regular video games? I'm really scared. My mother is always getting mad and rubbing her temples because I play too much, but I just CANT QUIT! I really, really want to but I already collected so many good betas and spent so much time. I just don't want to give that up. Should I see a therapist?

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      AshD 

      2 years ago

      Lol..this article is helpful for me.. I still addicted to age of enpires 2 mmo game...its very hard to overcome the thought of game or relative thoughts...i have gone cold turkey but it increases my addiction... Gaming wasting my time..cauae of late night playing i cant get enough sleep..it increases fatigueness and mood swinging...

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      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      "Seek help. There could be underlining issues why someone is addicted to video games. Seeking mental help isn't a bad thing."

      This is the answer. Find out the underlying cause. Set new ideals and goals to improve your life. Video games are a huge waste of time and money.

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      CraftyPepe 

      3 years ago

      Well,i was addicted to Clash of clans for a while. Id pay little or no attention to family and my friends would be on the game also. Then summer came and i just stopped. Every once in a while i will casually open the app and close it back down,realizing there are better things to do than burning away time and family because of one game.

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      video gamer 2000 

      4 years ago

      I don't play video games that much these days. When I was a kid I all ever wanted to do was play all the new video games on my super nintendo. Now as an adult I do still play but not as much and i would not say I was addicted to playing games, i sometimes rather watch movies.

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      David Livermore 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Quite true. I know I've stayed up all night playing games once, but only usually when I'm off work.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      I'm aging myself here, but my very first computer was a Comodore 64. I remember getting Frogger for it from a boy down the street and I stayed up all night until I beat the game! My grandmother bought an Atari system for me. She became addicted to PacMan. She got a score of 100,000 and then the shut the system off to show off her score. When she turned the system back on, it had erased her score! LOL It's amazing how video games have become so realistic now.

      For a while I went through a phase. Friday nights was Halo night at my friend's house. We all got together and played until the next morning. There were just as many ladies playing as there were men. The last game I played was my son's Mario game. I had to beat the entire game and wouldn't stop playing until I did. So I don't play any more. Because you are right, it is addicting!

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