Why I Stopped Playing Video Games for 9 Years

Why I Stopped Playing Video Games for 9 Years

I was a hardcore gamer for many years but 9 years ago I hit rock bottom and decided to quit. This is why I made that decision and why I still don’t play today.

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  1. Napalm Candy on September 4, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Listen, I’m not saying what you did to better yourself was wrong – you had a problem, you recognized it, and you worked to fix it. That’s honestly amazing. But to think just because you don’t game you won’t lead a life of mediocrity is silly. Most of us lead lives of mediocrity no matter our jobs, passions, hobbies, etc.

  2. Game Quitters on September 4, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Have you stopped gaming yet? If not, why not?

  3. Snake on September 4, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Thanks to you, i’ve decided to quit the gaming and focusing on a better life choice.

  4. Alejandro García on September 4, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Do you still play videogames a reasonable amount of time?

  5. Gwin Willis on September 4, 2022 at 3:24 am

    hello friends

  6. Steven R Snyder on September 4, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Love the video Cam, quitting video games has saved my marriage and helped me to be a better father

  7. DrumYogi on September 4, 2022 at 3:26 am

    I have the opposite problem. I want to enjoy playing video games like I used to when I was a kid but I don’t enjoy it anymore.

  8. Manuel F on September 4, 2022 at 3:28 am

    I resetly paused gaming for a while.
    Just want to focus more on my college education.

    No I learn twice as much per day. I am more relaxed and just more kind.

    The problem is just, that there are around two hours every day, when I can’t do something productive, like learning, training, or reading a book.

    This time would be perfect for gaming. But I just cant responsibly integrate gaming in this time.

    Overall I now just try to sell my computer

  9. MixSona Productions on September 4, 2022 at 3:28 am

    ever since investing, i stopped gaming

  10. D R on September 4, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Personal its been 100% different for me, since i turned 17 4 years ago, i look at every excuse i can to stop playing video games, even if its for an hour. I can put in 100 hours in a week into a game then not play any game for months and not even notice.

  11. HeadNinjaDog on September 4, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I got heavily into gaming, not only playing but reading gaming mags, watching gaming shows, learning about the industry since 2002. I was already 27 back then. I play in moderation but I still have an addiction to it. I’m not an online gamer. I only own a PS4 right now but there is something so seductive about the industry to me. I’m lucky that I’m not a hermit without friends and family around him but I feel I have some serious problems with seeking pleasure through gaming and internet. I haven’t had a girlfriend since 2002. I’m back home again without full time work and this pandemic is not helping. I’m so confused.

  12. Mathis Blair on September 4, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I am watching videos right now because I have a younger friend who is 24 years old and he claims that the gaming thing is a much deeper issue than laziness. It’s hard to believe whether or not he’s being totally honest about this because for me…. Well its wierd I used to game a LOT. But…. This video makes me feel like I was a mastermind at time management because I was able to give a lot to videogames while still maintaining a decent life. Meanwhile this guy is on the opposite spectrum… He’s taken out loans, missed bills for video games…. I’ve wondered if he was just lazy or maybe a bit sociopathic.

    We’re breaking off this year at some point from living together as room mates. And it’s a bittersoursweet phenomena… One the one hand this guy devestated my finances and always seemed to make the wrong move. On the other hand; I’m gonna miss em and he was like the only friend that I’ve had in some time. :/
    I’m still not sure what to believe; but if I were to take em at his word…. I wonder just how my buddy might learn or become able/desiring to evolve at some point. I know he’s smart. I tried to show him how he might be self sufficient in his gaming ambitions but it’s always been through one ear and out the other

  13. No name on September 4, 2022 at 3:31 am

    For me social media is more of a problem for me than video games.

  14. MadBohr on September 4, 2022 at 3:34 am

    I don’t have not gaming addiction I have a fortnite addiction

  15. arief 124 on September 4, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Any self consuming addiction have the same end: this addiction (gaming and p*rn) was end up me planning death just like you. It turns me into the person who really conscious about that his recent capacity will never met his dream’s opportunity because i was really do become conscious my own league that time. I also felt that "disconnectivity", with anything around me. So now i finding my really realistic dream

  16. Anon on September 4, 2022 at 3:36 am

    I used to be a hardcore gamer all of my life, up until the XBOX One came out. I started to notice that game developers were releasing unfinished or broken games more and more frequently. I didn’t want to keep supporting this trend, so I stopped playing my Xbox One and I have no desire to buy the new consoles that are out. Instead I have reverted back to classic gaming (snes, genesis). These games are at least finished products. I think that the “online” nature of games these days lead to addiction and over-use. Because of the need to be better than the rest, top of the leaderboard, find the best equipment, have the highest stats, etc. Games are not what they used to be, and I don’t like the direction that they are heading… Don’t get me started on micro-transactions and in-game purchases.. Not for me, Thanks!

  17. Dr Kurt on September 4, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Sadly one of my best friends have a similar story. He didn’t care about studying because he had to play. Everyday he would wake up hours before going to school just to play on the PC.
    After dropping high school I suggested him that it would be better if he’d just find a job, but after a day of work he just gave up and now he’s supported by his parents and he’s just playing games and watching anime at night, as it’s more quiet, sleeping in the day.
    I don’t even know how to help him as he’s ok with the way he’s living and his parents don’t give a shit.
    I’m actually curious if there is any way this type of people can be helped. I’d like to.

  18. Gregg Lira on September 4, 2022 at 3:39 am

    I notice a lot of video gamers don’t go to school at all, so I’m glad I noticed this specifically. I tried gaming for 4 months, and I find it not beneficial even though it is fun. My future is way more better than gaming.

  19. Snake on September 4, 2022 at 3:39 am

    After November, i’ll quit gaming. Finally i need to do something else.

  20. Victor on September 4, 2022 at 3:40 am

    In 2018 I stopped playing video games for 3 months due to how bad I was addicted and then when I got back, I would only play for 2 hours when I would just stop playing.

  21. sude on September 4, 2022 at 3:40 am

    I have that thought for 1 month. I have been playing games for 9 years. I really can not do what i want and i am not who i want to be in my life. Im gonna sell my gamer computer and get a macbook. Move on with a macbook in my life. Minimal and pretty. I will be more happier im sick Of this big computer.

  22. Mytishchiball on September 4, 2022 at 3:41 am

    54 dislikes are from toxic gamers, who discriminate people that doesn’t play videogames.

  23. Brandon Berrios on September 4, 2022 at 3:41 am

    When you look back and see that all you’ve been doing with your life is gaming, you will begin to regret your life decisions.

  24. d11ita on September 4, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Congrats for improving your life making a strong and difficult decision and maintaining it.

  25. Young Khaos on September 4, 2022 at 3:46 am

    I haven’t stopped it slow day alot. I go month without ever playing.

  26. Stijn on September 4, 2022 at 3:48 am

    Very good decision! I stopped gaming 2 months ago!
    But my problem is now.. I got some games on "steam", i wanna sell it, but how? I saw that is is actually not possible… (This is not advertising) (It is my problem)

  27. Shirokuma on September 4, 2022 at 3:50 am

    Moderation? Never heard of that.
    Maybe it is time to quit fully…

  28. MicaelHD on September 4, 2022 at 3:50 am

    According to this channel:
    Playing videogames = Drug addict

  29. Profoundsyntax Interactive on September 4, 2022 at 3:51 am

    People and relationships are overrated STAY GAMING! Better graphics than real-life people. Too bad our coder for humans didn’t know how to render DNA better.

  30. Andy Walford on September 4, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I don’t know how I came across this video. YouTube weird algorithms I guess.
    But this shit is embarrassing.
    You’re not a Heroin addict. You liked playing games.
    Get a grip

  31. DKMM on September 4, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I didn’t stop yet but i rlly kinda want to or to explain it a bit better, i just want to minimise it. I would like to do more for school, playing ma keyboard and so on but the main problem for me why i cant just stop is, i don’t have much friends. I almost never chat with em or go somewhere (some moved away and the others have their own better friends) and in school i litterally have no one. I am a loner and that’s why i am searching for some social interaction even though the games i like to play like GTAO or Roblox, i almost play them like solo. I dont even have good friends in those games either. Well and in the end of the day i am just looking back before going to sleep and wonder: Why did i play so long again ? Why didn’t i do mu homework instead? Just to give a explanation: I want to stop but idk how (especially to find friends with social anxiety). My goals would be to go and start working out, find some friends, do something more for school and keyboard and additional to that ofc to minimise my gaming consume in general… i hope i’ll make it
    BTW: I am 15 and a half yrs old rn so i have some time but i have to use it

  32. WindowsXP_2001Year on September 4, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I played video games for 12 years so i quit playing games, i wasted of years and can’t even stop playing games, when i was a kid I started playing video games on 2009 on my first computer, i’m now 14 years old and i wasted of my time for 12 years, this is why my grades are bad and i should not play games everyday, i quit as a gamer i’m no longer gamer now.

  33. Aten Ikayra on September 4, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Started my walk💪

  34. Human on September 4, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Gaming was a huge fascination for me. I started off pretty late, but I became very addicted to them, not wanting to do homework, or go out. Now im starting to regret all those years of gaming. Thankfully, i never got into online gaming where you pay every month. My dad once got angry at me for playing simpsons hit and run for 5 hours non-stop on his pc.
    I belive video game addiction makes people weaker, and gain unrealistic expectations of reality. Often i still have to try and do stuff without thinking of saved progress, or checkpoints, or button mashing, etc. And as I’m becoming an adult now, I want to be as responsible as possible.
    Your channel has really helped me out. And i hope to save more money without gaming. Thank you.

  35. FutureAdonis on September 4, 2022 at 3:56 am

    As a gamer I make time for other things all the time and still have hours to play, this video just meant that this guy was rude and lazy

  36. A fine addition to my collection on September 4, 2022 at 3:56 am

    "I don’t like the person I have become." And that, right there, is why I’m trying to quit gaming. I deleted every game off my pc.

  37. wa la on September 4, 2022 at 4:01 am

    My man looking good

  38. Janna Dark on September 4, 2022 at 4:01 am

    urging people to quit gaming is like urging to stop drink liquids and take meds because it’s bad to be addicted to drinks and painkillers. games are tool for your imagination, I’m yet to hear about Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing addicts, or pont&click addicts, RPG addicts. You’re an addict and your addiction manifested in the types of games you played (running like headless chicken on same map for years killing other chickens like a robot). You should be happy it’s just computer game and not some cocaine because addicts will pick any drug that is available. From what I see you’re still an addict who forces himself to stay clean and it’s hardly an achievement. Staying clean takes more effort and more suffering. Sort it with your counselor and stop blaming games for your own weakness. You will quit games for real once you’ll stop posting "how to quit X game/launcher". Quitting something won’t change your life priorities because if you have no backbone to balance your RL you won’t grow it overnight.

  39. Chong Yun on September 4, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Ive been stopping to do beneficial things like chores and homework. I realized everytime i play games, im likely to become aggresive and cant control my emotion. Pray for me. Leaving games is hard

  40. Z A on September 4, 2022 at 4:04 am

    You should not stop gaming, just change the game you are playing.
    I suggest you to play a game called "Life".
    The goal is to find a purpose and follow it.

  41. nejoh on September 4, 2022 at 4:05 am

    I stop play video game.because game not make you happy,game make you angry and idiot.

  42. karoel123 on September 4, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Okey, I play to much, but I am introvert and making new friends is hard. All friends that I have play and games is the only way of spending time with them espeially during covid

  43. Anonymous on September 4, 2022 at 4:05 am

    This fascinates me that people are effected by gaming this much… I can relate to trying not to be productive, but for me gaming is a small part of it, for me, its youtube, drinking and really just relaxing lol. I think I’m personally just lazy, I mean, I enjoyd working out (before pandemic) and I enjoy going to work for a couple hours, but that’s about it. I dont want to work 40+ hours a week, or even 30 and I dont want to spend hours in the gym every day and do chores and raise kids, i just want to relax most of the time, get a couple hours of work in and maybe an hour at the gym a few times a week.

  44. Gwin Willis on September 4, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Your comment that you had a period of time in your life where you constantly thought "How can I get out of this situation and get back to my video game". reminds me of a comment I heard recently on a pro-sobriety anti-alcohol channel.
    "At my worst point, I was treating everything as an obstacle to drinking. My job, my parents, my girlfriend were merely things that stood in between me and the bliss of drunkenness. I erroneously thought that only alcohol could make me happy. "

  45. Neutrino on September 4, 2022 at 4:12 am

    I just don’t like playing games
    Only thing good about me I guess😂

  46. Brian Johnson on September 4, 2022 at 4:12 am

    I’ve been a gamer all my life, but I don’t think I’m addicted. I guess I was as a kid. Lately I’ve tried to only play single player games, where I know I will reach an end at some point. But now I feel like I should quit it altogether. I have so little spare time, and I don’t want to spend what little I have left on gaming. I just don’t see how I could have time for both…

  47. Jung Future on September 4, 2022 at 4:13 am

    He looks like getflanked

  48. TrollerSwift HasEnteredTheChatRoom on September 4, 2022 at 4:14 am

    At least he had girlfriends which is better then a lot (defiantly not all) video game addict’s. A lot of what he said is true for how I used to smoke weed.

  49. Kousaka Honoka on September 4, 2022 at 4:16 am

    I’m done with gaming and not looking back

  50. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? on September 4, 2022 at 4:18 am

    I’d like to stop playing games but i’m no quitter. Just joking. I uninstalled most games I own.

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