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Have you ever had to stop yourself from playing a game because it became unhealthy? What game was it? How often/how many hours did you play it?
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Virtua Cop when my brothers were playing. The constant flashing lights of the video guns nearly gave me a seizure.
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Only in the sense that I sometimes say to myself, "Man, this is too much. I'm addicted to this game, and it's taking up too much of my life. I need to shut down the computer and go do something else. Maybe say hi to my wife, since I haven't talked to her in days. Or maybe go outside, since I've been indoors all weekend." That sort of thing.

I don't think gaming has ever been unhealthy for me in any other sense (maybe eye strain or something).
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Every now and then, yeah. I uninstalled Overwatch because I realize I'd gotten to a point where it was making me feel more miserable when I lost than it made me feel good when I won. It also was very easy to play whenever I had downtime or wanted to put off something else.

I've had to uninstall some board/card game apps as well for similar reasons. Like the Race for the Galaxy AI, San Juan, Tichu.
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MUDs my freshman year of college. Had me spending too much time ignoring the people around me. Now I generally prioritize people who want to spend time together IRL.
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ghostpants wrote:
Have you ever had to stop yourself from playing a game because it became unhealthy? What game was it? How often/how many hours did you play it?


No idea how long I played it (6 months?), but Farmville.

It was supposed to be a happy little casual game to keep touch with my friends.

Except that I am hyper organized. So if the strawberries need to be harvested in 4 hours or they die within a certain time frame, then I stress about harvesting the damn virtual strawberries. This turns to anxiety over virtual strawberries dying in the fields. And then to me playing at work (bad me) when things are slow. And then to me buying things because I don't have enough friends to get all of the cats I want.

Farmville and similar games make me miserable.

I tried to go back to Facebook later on for the friends and it was equally bad as I got dragged back into the free games.

No more Facebook for me.

Other than that, new games have led to staying up late and not sleeping when I should until I can finish the story. And I go through general withdrawal symptoms if I don't play games every few days. I need mental stimulation and I get it from games.
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StarCraft + Brood War exp.
People weren't kidding.. once you play this game, you don't do your homework or go to work for weeks wow


You know it got bad when your roommates were surprised to see you NOT playing Sc.


StarCraft 2: Wings Of Liberty
I was playing it nonstop A LOT almost nonstop blushsoblueshake


Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time
I spent too much time on this as well. The game sucked you in via "timed events" where challenges/quests would replenish every 8 hours or so. The daily level would reset at 12am, local time. The equivalent would be like if a streaming service were free, but after watching for 3 hours, you'd need to wait 3 hours before you could watch more. You could pay money like $5 per instance to relax some one of those instances of waiting.

Speaking of which, I wish I could pay something like $5 to $10 PER MONTH to have done away with all that lousy grinding and "loot box-like" schema. I spent $55 total on this game, and had no regrets with that, but also had no regrets saying "adios" in the end.


EDIT: Added Starcraft 1. revised descriptions
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SimCity 4

In mid 2009 I had just moved from Czechia back to Australia and I was looking for work. There was a point at which I realised I wasn't looking for work, nor was I getting proper sleep. The reason being I was just playing Sim City 4 obsessively. So I uninstalled it and actually haven't played it since.
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I don't get very addicted to videogames, so I find it easy to stop anytime, and don't tend to overdo it.

I have stopped playing games when I felt they were become too violent or immoral, and I didn't want to be participating in that. I find Assassin's Creed like that, basically just assassinate everybody without any moral consideration (or it may be that I didn't play long enough to get to that part). I like to play a good guy, generally. My renegade playthrough of Mass Effect is awkward.

I've also had to stop playing games because of motion sickness.
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No. I have a built-in failsafe called ADD.
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Because of illness I've been at home for 2 years and slept very bad for several reasons, mostly not because of gaming. (yes, the following text will kind of contradict that, but it really was because of other reasons!)
During that time I played multiple mobile games that I had to uninstall even though I thought I still had fun. Several games required you to do something daily or after a few hours. When it was 11:59 PM I thought: "ahh let's wait another minute and do the dailies now. Better be done with it." Sometimes I even woke up to just go get something to drink or go to the toilet and I thought: "Better start the app and do a quick thing. Then I can do it again when I wake up". Eventually I found out that some games just kept me up when I should go to bed and some even controlled my sleep. I woke up when my chest in clash royale was done and I could open another. I seriously woke up, opened the chest, put a new one in the queue and got back to sleep.

I get kind of obsessed with the daily tasks. Must finish them daily and must finish them efficient. Get the most out of your day. Also with hearthstone. I only finished 1 quest a day, so that I had to play less matches the next day to finish the next quest.

I really have to watch when I am still having fun or just doing it because I "need to complete tasks". These daily tasks are really bad for me!
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I really hope you're doing better with your illness, Marco!
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Clicker Heroes.

At least one definition of addiction is to continue an activity even though it is harming your relationships or worklife. CH was doing that to me and I finally had to quit.
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frumpish wrote:
Clicker Heroes.

At least one definition of addiction is to continue an activity even though it is harming your relationships or worklife. CH was doing that to me and I finally had to quit.

CH is seriously addictive! I watched my brother playing it briefly one evening and got sucked in for weeks. shake

Not sure this counts but there are a lot of games I can't play at all because they give me motion sickness. I can't remember if I have given up playing any for that reason, but I'm sure there were some before I got better at filtering them out prior to purchase. Occasionally one slips through - like last year when I nearly stopped playing The Room (on PC). I did end up getting through it but only by closing my eyes whenever I knew the camera was going to zoom in/out or move around.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
Maybe say hi to my wife, since I haven't talked to her in days.


Haha!

I think this has happened to me a few times. She'll text me early from work on my day off, an I will forget about it all day and not reply for like the entire day. She knows I'll be having a massive gaming session so it never bothers her.

Maybe I should set an alarm to say hi to the wife or something...
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MUDs my freshman year of college. Had me spending too much time ignoring the people around me. Now I generally prioritize people who want to spend time together IRL.


Heh. We used to refer to X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Warlords II as "The GPA Bazookas".
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ghostpants wrote:
I really hope you're doing better with your illness, Marco!


Thanks, I am! Much better than before, but not a 100% myself yet.
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Civilization IV - When I was writing my dissertation (2010-ish), my wife would come home from work, ask me how my writing went, and I'd end up ranting about the damned Zulus. She was not impressed, and after a couple instances of this she strongly suggested I uninstall the game and use it as an incentive to finish the thing up. ...It did help.

Guild Wars - It was fun, but more addictive than fun and ultimately time consuming. I liked it, but eventually I realized it was getting in the way of other things, and it had to go.
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Yes, I think it was mostly MMOs back when I played them/before I got bored with them. World of Warcraft & Ragnarok Online I think were the 2 main ones I was obsessed with.
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Yes.

I have an addictive personality, this threat lurks with any game I play that I really really like. But luckily, I have a few fail-safes:

1) If I overbinge on a game, like play for 12+ hours straight multiple days in a row, I can break the need of playing it everyday for an hour... it's not a great solution, but it works... (most recently used with Stardew Valley back in early June). Granted, it does require a crazy amount of free time to happen and is definitely not ideal.

2) Another is slicing things up so I'm always playing more than one game. This can dilute the need to play a particular game an unhealthy amount. And this is what I use most of the time.

3) Luckily, most of the time I have too much else going on to have this happen. Other higher priority tasks eat up gaming time... like this past weekend where I hardly played any video games... cry
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