I just realized it’s been over 6 weeks since I sat down to play a video game. Part of my overly ambitious plan from May involved packing them away. That didn’t work at the time, but it’s kind of happened by accident. And I have mixed feelings about the whole situation.
I was well aware of how much time I would spend on video games. Usually, I’d have the intention of playing an hour or two, then stay up late for 4 hours. Then repeating the same procedure again the following day. This process would leave me addicted to said game, exhausted, and missing my workouts.
As I said in the previous post, the appeal of video games is obvious: You get to escape reality. You plug in and become someone different, with super-powers, epic adventures, freedom and control you don’t have in real life. And if you don’t like it, you turn the game off. It’s immersive escapism!
I am notorious for my Pokémon relapses, where I’ll all of a sudden lose 10 hours a week to the game. It’s been happening since I was 12.
How did my gaming systems become dusty? I just kinda chose to sleep instead. On a typical night I’d be done my workouts and chores around 9pm. Instead of doing something social or fun, I’d just go to sleep. And it became a habit.
But, the risk of relapse is very high. A new Pokémon game is being released October 12. And I’ve been interested in playing the Kingdom Hearts games for years, and they’re re-releasing an updated version called Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix on September 10! And I still have no idea what Disney Infinity is supposed to be, but I want it. And I still haven’t finished Mass Effect 3…
I feel a little like I’ve betrayed my gamer persona by abandoning games for so long. I just want to make sure I don’t relapse too hard… It could really affect my ambitious fall plans.