Gaming helps you escape from stress in your life. It's one of the most popular reasons why people play video games. Now there's a good side of this but there's also a downside. And often people who use gaming to escape are most at-risk of developing addictions. So in this episode we talk about how you can stop escaping into video games.
After you quit gaming it’s common to experience feelings of nostalgia, and this can be a problem because these emotions create cravings to play. One of the reasons why this happens is because gaming meant something to you, and you can acknowledge that. You don’t need to shy away and pretend gaming wasn’t meaningful, but that also doesn’t mean you need to continue to play. So in this episode we talk about what nostalgia is and how to overcome it.
Why do some gamers get attracted to the immersive world of Skyrim, when others only care about ranking up and getting kills? As it turns out, there are a number of external and internal factors that contribute to this, and we've created an easy-to-use addiction model for you to determine exactly why games are addictive for you!
Journaling. You'll find countless people talking about the benefits of keeping a journal every day, and honestly, I never thought I'd be one of them. I've hated journaling in the past. I could never make it stick. However, I've recently turned it into one of my keystone habits and over the last few weeks, I've seen so many positives I can't believe I didn't do it sooner.
Millions have been affected by the Coronavirus, and with people staying at home it can be a struggle for those of you battling against video games to find support about how to navigate this situation. In this bonus episode of Gaming the System, Cam and Nadja got on a call to talk about how parents can manage their child's screentime during this outbreak and provide a number of practical steps for you to follow.
There's no doubt that some games are more addictive than others. Whether it's a fast-paced shooter like Call of Duty or the relaxing and immersive world of Skyrim, people get drawn to different games. In this episode I talk about whether or not some games are more addictive than others, and if so, why is that the case?
Cravings affect everyone that tries to quit video games, and unfortunately, leads to many people relapsing back into their old gaming habits. Find out how to avoid them in this episode of Gaming the System.
With 2.5 billion people playing video games around the globe, and 3-4% of these showing signs of gaming addiction, it's easy to see how there are 10's of millions of gaming addicts worldwide. However, did you know that 94% of them are men?
Anyone that has quit gaming and tried to fill their time with new activities has experienced this at some point. Nothing seems to scratch the same itch that gaming did. Nothing brings you as much fulfilment. As it turns out, the problem doesn't lie with you. It lies with video games. But, what can you do about it?
Concerns over violent media started in the 50's, and have remained a controversial topic of debate ever since. In this episode, I explore whether there's any validity to the argument that video games make people violent, or whether it's a symptom of something else.
Some people want to quit gaming completely, and others want to play in moderation. If you're part of the latter group, how do you go about turning video games into a healthy hobby? Listen to this episode to find out!
When you quit gaming it often means leaving a lot of your old friends behind. Whether it's because you can't cope with them talking about video games all the time, inviting you to play, or because you're trying to shed your old identity as a gamer, it's never an easy process to go through. So what can you do? Ultimately it comes down to one thing. You have to become someone that can attract new friends. If you're living a boring life with no hobbies and spend your free time on YouTube, it's not going to go well. Regardless of whether or not you're playing video games anymore. If, however, you decide to get yourself out of your comfort zone and learn new skills, meet new people, and live an interesting life you'll soon find yourself at the centre of an awesome friendship group. It's not easy, though. It can take a long time and a lot of effort to build new relationships. But I can assure you it's 100% worth it. If you enjoyed the episode, don't forget to review and subscribe, it really helps us out! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.
You might think the biggest problem with Twitch is that you're spending too much time on the website, but you'd be wrong. In reality, the Twitch community with their crabs-in-a-bucket attitude is holding you back in more ways than you think. When you spend your free time listening to people talk about how poorly their life is going and being proud of that fact, it's going to wear down your mindset to the point where eventually you're going to join in. If you're trying to quit gaming and you're still watching Twitch, you might want to reconsider your relationship with the platform. Listen to the full episode to find out more, and learn how to avoid Twitch forever. Thanks for tuning in, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe if you haven't already! It really means a lot. Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.
027 - How Pauline Narvas Overcame Gaming Addiction to Become a Full-Time Programmer, Speaker, and Inspirational Figure
To say Pauline's story is inspiring would be doing it a disservice. Having started her first 'side hustle' at 8 years old by learning how to turn HTML into websites, it seems like she was destined to be a part of the tech world. However, when school came around she found herself at one of the lowest points of her life. Constant bullying, poor grades, excessive gaming and bad eating habits led her to the realisation that something needed to be done. It was at this point that Pauline quit video games, and started turning her life around for good. Since then she has been listed as one of the most influential women in tech, done a number of public speaking gigs, influenced 100's of people to get into coding through numerous programs, and that's just scratching the surface. Pauline's an inspiration to thousands of people on social media every single day, and I hope you find some of that inspiration from watching this podcast. LINKS: Personal blog: https://pawlean.com Professional site: https://paulinenarvas.com How to get into coding: https://pawlean.com/2019/01/14/learning-to-code/ Code Newbies: https://codenewbies.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulineuh Instagram: https://instagram.com/paw.lean/ Thanks for tuning in, and don't forget to rate and review if you haven't already! It really means a lot. Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.
I've relapsed far more times over the last 5 years than I'd like to admit. However, what was once a painful barrier accompanied by months of pain is now an opportunity for me to build self-awareness and overcome my problems much faster than I did in the past. When I relapsed in the past, I always assumed that it was because I was a failure. I wasn't meant to quit gaming, and I should just stop trying to succeed in what I want to do and go back to playing video games. But, over time, my mindset towards relapsing started to shift. Now, 5 years after I first stopped playing, I no longer have the same resentment of myself as I once did if I start to let gaming creep back into my life. What did I change? Listen to the episode to find out! If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.
We're back! Hope you didn't miss the podcast too much over the new year's break, but after getting severe food poisoning and having to travel across the country, I thought I'd use the opportunity to take a bit of a break. In this episode I'm going to go through my exact process for reflecting on 2019, why you need to do it, and what questions you should ask yourself. I'd recommend taking some time to reflect on these questions and answer them as honestly as possible. Reflection is an incredibly powerful process, and it can really make the difference between success and failure at the start of 2020. The questions I go through in the episode are: - What went well in 2019? - What surprised you? - What are you most proud of accomplishing? - What was your favourite day, moment, and experience? - What did you discover about yourself? - What were you most grateful for in 2019? - When did fear hold you back? - What have you learnt in the past year? - Describe 2019 in 3 words Chances are you haven't considered the answers to any of these questions. When you go through this exercise, I guarantee you'll remember things that you had completely forgotten about. It's amazing what pops up when you really think about it. Hopefully, you find this episode helpful. There's going to be some amazing content coming to the podcast in the next few months, and I can't wait to show you everything we've got planned at Game Quitters! If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.