Posts Tagged ‘addiction’

The Gaming Addictive Personality

May 16, 2015

addictI have been a gamer for many years, spending much of my teenage years piling money into my gaming hobby.

As I have grown older, and responsibilities have grown my spending has reduced drastically but there is still always the desire to get the latest games.  I am not alone in this and I am sure many gamers would agree.

No matter how many barely played games you have sitting on your console shelf/hard drive there you find yourself looking for the next game to buy.  This can lead to serious problems if you have a weak mind-set.

There are however alternatives to spending your life away on gaming:

Deals, if you spend just a little time searching you can quite easily find large discounts on most games, it just takes a little time and effort.  You can easily get discounted credit from sites such as www.cdkeys.com (e.g.. £50 Xbox credit for around £41).

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I however have found the solution that meets my needs in Boomerang game rentals http://www.boomerangrentals.co.uk/.  The majority of games I play I will get tired of in a very short space of time, there are only a few that I come back to time and time again so rentals are a great solution to my desire for the latest releases.  Boomerang offer various packages and I currently have the Priority 2 package, this gives me access to latest releases and I can have two games at a time.

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Whether it be trying out 3DS games or getting the latest Xbox One releases I have found the service excellent. 

Some people have had issues with fraud on their accounts in recent months which many have blamed on Boomerang.  Boomerang did handle these accusations in a very poor manner, despite the fault lying with a 3rd party vendor they were very lacking in their responses to queries and still have not admitted any responsibility, although in my opinion this is more the responsibility of the 3rd party vendor to make customers aware, but either way no one had given a conclusive message to the customers.

I myself was not victim to any money loss as my bank’s fraud systems stopped any transactions leaving my account however I am aware of people I play games with having lost £1000 from their account for a period before the bank would refund it which is a horrible situation to be in when you have bills to pay and mouth’s to feed.

However personally I cannot fault the service I have received from Boomerang, from their speedy responses on Twitter to queries to sending me games on day of release, they have saved my bank account and my sanity and I would highly recommend them to anyone, who like me has a burning desire to play new games and is always looking for their next fix! 

If anyone wants to join Boomerang please let me know via twitter @SXFoxstar as any recommendations I make help build up loyalty points!

Gaming, Facebook and Twitter – Going Cold Turkey! (1 Week Offline) – Day 5

June 29, 2013

Day 5

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Well it has been a pretty uneventful week off of the Xbox.  No irritation, no getting moody, which was a surprise.  There have been moments of slight boredom but I have always quickly found something to occupy my time.

Despite having to correct a couple of my friends and family that despite some apps and this blog auto posting to Facebook, I haven’t actually been on Facebook.

Initially the hardest part from this week off was surprisingly not posting to Facebook and Twitter, there were times I would normally reach for my mobile to post, such as when bored on my commute to work but I quickly realised that by logging out of both apps it made it much easier to realise what I was doing and quickly shut it back down again.

Now my time off of Xbox had not been hard at all, there have of course been times where I have thought I would fancy a quick game of Call of Duty but I have quickly found something else to do instead.  I have managed to finish the book I had only just started a month ago which I really enjoyed and I have also started the fourth book in a series I have been reading over the past year which I am really enjoying.

So this week, so far has not been too hard at all, today being Saturday and tomorrow will be the real test as I am not working but I am not worried.  I have found that what originally prompted me to start this week off has actually improved.  I was finding that even when not playing I was thinking about playing or posting videos to YouTube of my gameplay.  This over the course of the week has diminished, it hasn’t gone completely (I am not expecting miracles) but it has stopped distracting me from more important things in my life.

So I have two and a half days to go, it has been a revealing week and I am pleased I took the decision to do this as I have benefitted from it, also through pure luck my self-imposed ban does end the day before the new Call of Duty map packs are released and the new free game is released on Xbox Live but both of these are pure coincidence (to back this up I have yet to play the last free game they released).

I think I will do one more post on this topic when the ban is lifted unless of course anything major happens over this weekend, but I seriously doubt there will be anything to report.

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Gaming, Facebook and Twitter – Going Cold Turkey! (1 Week Offline) – Day 1

June 24, 2013

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As of this morning I made the decision to stay offline from my Xbox, Facebook and Twitter for the week.

To some this maybe seem a little over dramatic and to be honest it is a little embarrassing that I feel this is such a big deal, however I will tell you what lead me to make this decision.

I have always been your typical ‘geek’, keen to keep up with the latest gaming and gadget news.  I played a fair bit of Xbox on a weekly basis but nothing of concern.  However last month I had an operation on my ankle which meant I was slightly less mobile, I am not for a moment saying this is the cause of my concern but it did align with when my concerns started to increase.

I found that I started to play the Xbox much more than I usually do, this itself is not a major problem, I enjoy gaming and it is not doing any harm.  However I started to find that even when I was offline I was thinking about gaming, perhaps with all the next generation console news going around after the E3 expo it was also partly to blame, however I started to feel that it was taking over my life.  I always seemed to be thinking about something to do with gaming, whether posting a new video on Youtube or my thoughts on what I was going to play when I got home from work or over the weekend.  It was beginning to feel like it was distracting me from life.

My concern prompted me to do some Google searches of gaming addiction.  Whilst I was pleased to read that the fact I can resist playing for a day or two meant there was nothing too serious to worry about I was concerned about the offline distractions I was having from the gaming which was mentioned on many sites.

It was this that prompted me to make the decision to take a week off of gaming, to see if I suffered from any of the symptoms the addiction sites suggested (withdrawal, becoming irritable, etc).

With all the gaming news I get on Facebook and Twitter, plus my constant posting I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to take a break from these too (to my friends and followers, WordPress.auto posts so I haven’t been on the sites to post this blog to them)

So today is only my first day but I have to say I feel good about my decision.  I felt an initial relief, like a weight had  been lifted, again this feels a little over dramatic for me to be saying, and maybe my posting of this blog is some kind of therapy, but this is genuinely how I feel and thought it would be interesting to share.  I have spent the evening after work catching up on a book I started reading last month and I am really enjoying it again.  So far I haven’t found myself scratching for things to occupy my time and I have found that my wife and I have perhaps talked a little more than normal (not that there was ever an issue there).

So it is only day 1, I plan to make some more posts on this topic, perhaps not daily as I can’t imagine it will be particularly eventful but I will post as the week goes on to update on my thoughts and feelings.

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