How to Cure Yourself From a Video Game Addiction

Have you realized that you are likely suffering from a video game addiction? What can you do about it? Realization and awareness is the first step but then you need to act on this awareness and make better, positive choices for your life and your actions.Here are some ways to cure yourself from a video game addiction:1. Stop cold turkey- at least at first. Trying to reduce or regulate your game play will probably not work well if you have a full blown addiction. It’s like an alcoholic saying “I’ll just have one beer”. The best policy is to first stop completely and get rid of all games. Later, when you have cured your addiction, you might try games again.2. Ask for help- if you are addicted to video games, you may not have the self restraint needed to try to quit on your own. There is no weakness is asking for help. In fact, it is a sign of strength to be able to admit your weakness and seek outside help.3. Find a new hobby or pick back up an old one- video games can suck up a lot of your time. When you become addicted, you may forget about the old hobbies that you had before. If you give up video games, you are going to need something constructive to do with your time now.4. Get to the root of the problem- there is a reason that you developed an addiction to video games in the first place. Often it happens quickly and other times it creeps up on you, making it difficult to realize how it even happened. But it is almost always related to trying to escape. Immersion into a video game world allows you to avoid the reality of things that you cannot deal with or do not know how to deal with. Get to the root of the problem.5. Treat the root of the problem- once you have identified the root of the problem, you need to take the proper steps to treat this problem. Then you might be able to go back to games later without the same addiction problem. If you do not treat the root of the problem, you will just move on to an addiction to something else even after you quit the games anyway because games are not really the true source of the problem.6. Withdrawals are in your head- some people say that when they stop their video games, they experience “withdrawals”. You cannot have withdrawals from video games. Instead what you are experiencing are compulsions. You obsessively and compulsively played the video game(s) and now you think that you need to continue doing so. However, you will not become physically ill and any indication that you are is a figment of your imagination due to a mental dependency on the game.With these tips, you can learn more about video game addiction and how to treat it in yourself. The most difficult step is recognizing that you have a problem. Most often, people who are in the situation are unable to see outside of their own lives and the addiction that blinds them.

Why Games As A Service Will Kill Video Games

Video games have been around for quite some time now. They are many peoples favorite past time, and even a way to make money. Playing video games turned from a hobby to a job very quickly, especially when video and live streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch came to rise. With these platforms, many people picked up their controllers hoping that they would become the next gamer who makes millions doing what they love. With more people playing games the developers for the games need to dish out better and more up to date products. Even if these products are not the best, they do it all for the money in the end, because it is a business.When video games were first released they were an incredible feat and all were unique in their own way. Even though they did not look that great back in the 80’s and 90’s they offered something that even a lot of games today don’t offer. And that something is quality. Within the last 5 years or so video games started to become more of a service than an actual piece of entertainment. Slowly top Triple A developers started to incorporate microtransactions in their games, very different from DLC (Downloadable Content). DLC was always an expansion or more added content to make the game have more playability, in turn making the gamers more entertained and wanting more. The problem lies within video games that try to sell pieces of their game that should have been for free or unlocked by actually playing the game instead of just putting in a credit card number to unlocked said heroes or items. This is a common practice recently and it has raised a lot of issues, and even many countries consider “loot boxes” gambling, which in reality it is. A loot box in video games is when a player either uses in-game currency or real currency to get a random item or a random set of items. Now the value of these items is based on a scale, some players will receive rare or higher quality items compared to others simply based on odds. This is mainly aimed at the younger gamers who are more naive and are willing to spend whatever money they have on a game to make themselves look cooler or play better. All just to get ahead of the curve.This practice is extremely dangerous not only because it promotes gambling to children, but it can be extremely addictive. There are many cases in which people spend thousands of dollars just to get a single item or to buff up their character or team. Clearly, the developers do not care, because it is just more money for them, but they never look at what this can do to a person’s livelihood and even their families.The main reason these practices are implemented is for the developers to keep generating money even after the game is released. Based on the statistics microtransactions make more overall than the game itself, and those types of game series are released on a yearly basis with little to no changes in the actual video game itself. It is extremely rare to find a completed game at any store or marketplace that doesn’t offer micro transactions, even if they do not impact gameplay it still is a major issue.If developers want to keep gamers entertained and invested in their video games then they should develop quality games instead of creating games that are barely finished loaded with micro transactions. The games as a service trend are slowly killing the quality of video games. Sooner or later people will not even be allowed to fully own the game, everything will just be a rental, but the player still needs to buy a code to play the rental and then pay the rental to play the game which is not even theirs. Look how crazy that sounds!? The only way this all will change is if the player chooses to change.

Test Video Games on Your Xbox 360

If someone where to ask you to test a new video game they just finished making, would you do it? I would and I know anyone who players video game would jump at the chance to play a game before anyone else.That’s pretty much what game testers do. Except, they get paid a lot to do just that.So I decided to look into getting me a job testing video games. I figured, “Heck, I spend enough time sitting here playing video games everyday, so why not?” And I think I made one of the smartest decisions that day. Getting paid to playing video games is seriously a dream job for me.The best part about it is there are practically no requirements. So anyone can do it basically, but I recommend that you have a passion for video games, it helps when you’re sitting there playing the game for a long time lol.All you need to qualify as a game tester is:- You must be 18 years or older.(Although some companies will hire you as long as you are 15.)- A next-gen console (Xbox360 PS3 Wii), or a good computer to test video games.- Connection to the internet so you can send your feedback to the companies. (which I’m sure you have if you’re reading this you have LOL.) Although some companies will mail you your assignments.That’s all you need to “qualify” as a video game tester. The rest of the skills, like knowing what to look for as you’re playing a game, can be developed later on once you get more seasoned with your new job.Getting a job as a video game tester can be really difficult on your own. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. There are membership communities all over the internet that help you with everything you need as a new video game testers. Although, some of these communities ask for a monthly subscription. But if you look for the right ones you SHOULD only pay once.