Gaming might be a way of life for most people. It may be your friends, your kids, or maybe you yourself who enjoy that exciting escape from reality.
I mean. It’s quite therapeutic to slay that epic monster rather than physically vent out your frustrations in real life. It’s harmless anyway, right?
Not Entirely True. A recent entry by the World Health Organization (WHO) in International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) states that Gaming Addiction is now a Mental Health Problem.
This is not to demonize gaming. If you feel the need to be present in your fantasy world and in the real life, you still can! Literally, these are steps you can undergo to have the best of both your worlds.
Log-in Your Gaming Time
It is easy to get consumed by playing when you start the program rolling. A single gaming session can completely hypnotize your whole night (and even extending until dawn) without even realizing it.
As a first step, you can log your gaming hours in a notebook or spreadsheet. Log-in the start of your gaming and end of your session. This will let you gather data on how much time you are actually spending on games.
Two things can happen after logging data for a couple of weeks. One, you might discover that your gaming hours is insignificant and you can leave all your worries behind.
Or you can be shocked at how much gaming you really do. Just by seeing this number, this might give you more motivation to stop. Or at the very least, lessen your otherworldly adventures.
Imagine what you can do with all the time you free up. Yes, so much.
Choose Your Games: Avoid The Time-Consuming Ones
If you’re into playing multiple genres, avoid the time-consuming titles. Stay away from games with long storylines such as Role-Playing Games (RPGs) or skill-honing First Person Shooters (FPS). Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) are definitely a time sink with never-ending leveling and grinding for items.
If you choose those that demand lesser time commitment, it can significantly decrease your gaming time. But if you really want these games, you need more time tracking to avoid getting consumed (again).
Start Watching Other People Play Games Instead
If you really need to know what happens in the story, you can start watching other people play games. I for one did this when I was really tempted to play Uncharted 4.
Instead of playing, I streamed all of Uncharted 4‘s contents on Youtube. I got to see the story from a PROs point of view. Just like binge-watching a good series. Done in a day! Saved so much time.
Did you ever watch a movie with someone who spoiled every single detail before it even began? You can also do that to yourself with games.
When you read the walkthroughs, it may give you less appetite to continue. After all, you know what to do, where to go, and what will happen. Worst case is that it will let you breeze into the game’s content like a champion.
Put on Easy Settings (Or Use Cheats)
Putting the game on easy setting will save you more time to complete it. You can also cheat your way to finish the game.
Yes, you may be branded a noob. But you have to live your real life. You gotta do what you got to do. (Just don’t cheat in real life. Please.)
Set Gaming Conditions, Integrate Gaming With Your Life
It might not work for everyone. But you can set certain to-dos or conditions before you can plug-in to your game. Conditions such as I will only play if I finish cleaning my room or [Insert my To-Do Here].
You can also schedule your gaming time during commutes. If you play using your mobile phones or a portable gaming device, such commutes can mean considerable amounts of time. If you’re in the Philippines, that is an IMMENSE amount of gaming time with the notorious traffic.
By integrating your gaming with your life now, you can be sure to still enjoy playing while living your real life. Let’s play responsibly!