Video games are something I did growing up. Everyone else had a Nintendo. So did I. When you play video games you eventually find people who are like minded and you easily make friends.
- Eventually those friends move on. Then you replace those real friends with ‘online’ friends. It’s a great substitute but will always leave you feeling like something is off.
In the old days, the Nintendo would tell you your high score.
But these days the games tell you how much time you’ve wasted.
An hour here and hour there. Maybe a full weekend of just playing from sunrise to sunset, adds up. Now the number of hours played goes from 2-4 hours. Then up 20 hours. Then before you know it’s up to 60 hours played, and the number keeps on growing.
It’s a sinking feeling when you begin to ask yourself, “So what did I get out of all those hours?”
The answer is nothing.
I often think about this quote:
“Someone once told me the definition of hell: The last day you have on Earth, the person you became, will meet the person you could have become.”
That quote always stabs me in the heart when I start thinking about what I could have become had I not wasted those years away playing video games.
Had I just went out and took action, I would have all the time in the world. But once you reach that point, video games will be the last thing you want to spend your time doing.
Reasons to quit
1) It’s a waste of time. If you’re making money off of games then this doesn’t apply. But if you are someone who gets that, “What I am I doing with my life?” feeling, then quit. I had that feeling after the games started telling me how much time I was wasting.
2) Think of all the time you could spend building a business. If you spent those 1000 hours building an online empire, my guess is, you would have all the time in the world to play games.
Once I quit, I started looking at the one consistent thing I do everyday. I added up all the leftover skills I had and went to work. Writing for my website generates money in my sleep. It’s not a fortune, but I’m working on writing a book and doing other projects.
3) You have ambition. When you have a vision that involves quitting your job and travelling the world, games are the last thing on the list.
Games suck away valuable energy. Having ambitions in life require focus and the ability to put in the work. If you have any ambition for doing great things then drop the video games.
4) Games are designed to make game companies rich. The real winners are the game compaines.
The other people making money are the YouTubers and the tournament fighters.
If you like games so much, why not learn programming and be getting in on the money? That’s what I would do if I really loved something that much.
If I loved games, and I had the ability to draw, I would become a concept artist. Those guys make a killing and their work will be immortalized for all to see.
If I had a real passion for games I would just go all in and be a tournament fighter, and blog about what it means to win and lose.
I would consider these avenues exceptions to the rule for quitting games. But if you’re in it to waste time and escape life, then all you are doing is making game companies rich.
5) The skills aren’t transferable to the real-world. In general, most of these games have you shooting up something or solving a puzzle.
I’ve never learned something from a game that came in handy later in life. All the learning I’ve gotten is from books, taking action, failing thousands of times, and life hitting me like a freight train.
6) Carpel Tunnel. Play long enough and you will start getting hand problems. It’s no joke that people in their 20s are having these issues.
Save yourself in the long run and start a blog. If you’re going to get carpel tunnel at least have it happen while you’re trying to make money.
7) You’ll have more interest in real girls. Turning off games will make you seek friends in the real world. If you are not good with women, then you will find that out pretty quick. If our forefathers got by without video games, then so can the rest of us.
8) You will have to hustle more. Shutting off the Xbox means you will now be spending time chasing your dreams.
If you haven’t read any books, traveled, or lived life, you will have to hustle and find your place in this world. If you drop games cold turkey, it can feel like being dropped off on an island with nothing but a stick.
9) You’ll become more interesting. When you don’t rely on games, you will have to find ways to connect with people using what you’ve got. If all you’ve got is the ability to crack bad jokes, then that’s what you’ll be using until you figure out something else.
A lot of people use games as a way to escape life. Once you start living life and start taking more chances the pieces will start to fall together.
10) You’ll have more energy. It’s been around 7 or 8 years since I was a gamer. I haven’t looked back. Now I have bigger goals than just beating the high scores. When I quit I had a lot of energy on my hands and focused it into learning Japanese, traveling, and living life to its fullest.
Games can be a time suck and will eat up your energy. Take that same dedication into any endeavor and you will be successful.