I was working in my home office when I heard the loud bang coming from my son’s room. It wasn’t the first time today either and I had gone in previously to see what was going on. I got up and hurried into his room and saw him unsuccessfully holding back tears and pointing at his tv. The bang came from him slamming his fist on his desk.
“What happened?” I asked and he responded with the same thing he did the last time I had asked him.
“Fucking hackers!” He was vibrating with so much anger that he couldn’t even look at me. He sat there staring at his screen. And in the next moment, he hit a button on his controller and immediately put himself in a cue to start another game.
“I see you just started another game, let me grab my chair so that I can see for myself how bad the hackers are. I’d like to help you if I can.” I left his room to get my chair and while doing so, started to think about how I was going to help him.
Quitting video games can be one of the most daunting things a gamer can ever do. For some, the idea of quitting video games can bring on a sense of overwhelm and anxiety because they are uncertain what to do with their life after walking away from something that helped shape their identity. As a matter of fact, it can be extremely difficult for anybody who is thinking about restarting their life because they may feel like their starting from the bottom again, regardless of what they did before.
Let me say that I know how difficult it is to quit gaming. Video games have helped shape our identity and so it’s not like we’re simply walking away from something that was holding us back from starting our future, for some of us, it can feel like we are walking away from who we thought we were as a person, and that can feel terrible!
And to make matters worse, it’s common knowledge that most people don’t even enjoy their careers and...