Is gaming a bad idea?

Discussion in 'Gaming Addiction' started by jamesg29, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. jamesg29

    jamesg29 New Member

    Hi guys,
    I've been thinking about getting an xbox, solely because I want to play a rally game on it. I was wondering before I did whether it would be a bad idea, as I've heard gaming can negatively affect a reboot. What do you think? I was thinking it might keep me away from pmo, but am looking for advice from gamers, thanks,
  2. Larx

    Larx New Member

    I also play max few hours a day. I dont think it is a good idea when person is playing too much, games can be addicting aswell.
    I`ve noticed when I am playing highly intensive multiplayer games for example (battlefield 3), i get somewhat same feeling in my brain as with porn, guessing its just dopamine and adrenaline.
    When I have played a lot of intensive games (in the past) my mind always wonders around the games when I am trying to fall asleep, same thing happens with porn.

    If you wont play too much, you should be fine anyway, I dont reccomend highly intensive games though.
  3. TheBorb

    TheBorb Bullshit detector

    Get down n' dirty with some REAL games, Dodonpachi, Radiant Silvergun, stuff like that, pure, pick up n' play reflex gaming that doesn't piss away time like something like Skyrim....which IS brilliant, btw, just takes about 4500 hours to fully complete. Give me a backlit GBA over a monster gaming PC any day of the week.

    With nofap, I game much less, but go for retro much more. It doesn't dominate your life and can make you a shitload of cash if you know what you're looking for.
  4. jamesg29

    jamesg29 New Member

    Thanks, that's what I was hoping, would give me an alternative when feeling tempted. I think if I limit my time it needn't be a bad thing. The game WRC 4 gets mixed reviews but I like rally.\

    Thanks everyone, seems like a positive thing in moderation.
  5. Dark_Knight

    Dark_Knight Guest

    I gamed heavily for the first few weeks of a long run - getting through the first few weeks is the hardest (from my experience) with just abstaining.

    So pretty much anything within reason that helps you stay busy,and takes your mind of it will help.

    I found that after those few weeks,i lost interest in gaming.
  6. Giuseppe Garibaldi

    Giuseppe Garibaldi [url=

    I totally agree with the monkey,thanks for the video.

    I think that brain works better in the better conditions,without drugs/substances,malicious behavior and artificial stimulus like videogames, social networks,tv series/trash programs or crap music (of course not to mention PM).
    It's not easy at first...but the easy choiches,where did they get you?

    Good luck!
  7. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    Video games can be just as much as an escape as porn is. I used to think they weren't a problem but turns out I use them to escape from my problems almost as much as I did porn. Sometimes I wish I wouldn't have even spent the money on my Xbox.
  8. Dark_Knight

    Dark_Knight Guest

    You have to ask yourself the question - what does more damage - porn or gaming,the answer is obvious.

    Again i say,using anything within reason - not drugs or alcohol for example,is OK in the short term to help you abstain,even to escape while your withdrawing/adapting to not using porn.

    The #1 goal here is to quit porn - once your into your reboot,then decide if you want to stop gaming,or other vices you may have.Quitting porn is hard enough by itself,trust me on that.

    Thats my view on it.
  9. jamesg29

    jamesg29 New Member

    Thanks, some really interesting views there. Well I ordered the xbox and the one game. I'm thinking it will be good to get me through the initial stages at least, and then I imagine I'll game less. I'm a rally fan and just really want to play this game.

    Monkey- I see what you're saying, that I'm taking the easy option, and you have a point. I'm half thinking of cancelling the order.

    Maybe it's just another form of escapism, but that isn't all bad, I mean as long as it's not p. I was thinking it would be something to do when I have bad urges, something that can rival p.
  10. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    Honestly it really is a form of escapism. Maybe not for everyone. But have you ever played online and just had people talk like they're fucking miserable? Constantly saying stupid insults to others that are completely unnecessary or have people who are stoners and have absolutely no fucking life because all they do is smoke weed and play video games. It's kind of sad really.

    Also, people get so mad over them. I've broken controllers because I got so mad before. Over a fucking video game. Like anything that happens in it really matters?
  11. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    Have to disagree. During the reboot your dopamine receptors are so low that releasing dopamine while gaming can actually affect your addiction. In my case all screens in general aggravate my receptor pathway and I actually am worse afterwards. Tie the screen with gaming and dopamine and I can feel the surge almost immediately. I can't play for more than an hour without noticing negative visual and physical effects.

    Gaming will be okay in my opinion after you are fully rebooted and your dopamine receptors are at normal levels. During the reboot you're just using the receptors that are trying to normalize.

    It also depends on the game. Multiplayer/online games affect me much more than single player games. In my case my dopamine levels are tied directly to my addictions (orgasm, marijuana, etc) therefore the longer I go without orgasm the more I can play video games without negative consequence. I went cold turkey on all my addictions and can feel everything from every little activity, so basically I can't do anything without experiencing a negative consequence besides reading a book. Even while reading a book and getting into it I can feel a tax.

    It sucks ass, but the results will be worth it. I believe I will be able to game again but probably not regularly before I'm rebooted.

    TLDR: It depends on the severity of your pmo addiction and how much you've already rebooted.
  12. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    Dopamine this. Dopamine that. Does it really fucking matter?

    You shouldn't play video games or at least play them in strict moderation because they can waste a lot time. Time that can be used for better things.
  13. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    Yeah it does matter, because they do affect the reboot if played too much, which is what the OP is asking. Obviously what I'm trying to say is that if he does end up gaming, save it for the end of the day or something in small increments.
  14. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    Sorry if I offended you but I just think people worry too much about their reward circuitry and not enough about their life.
  15. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    When you look like a hardcore crack addict from the aftermath of pmo addiction managing your reward circuitry is pretty important during recovery. Your statement is a bit contradictory.
  16. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...


    You just don't understand.
  17. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    Yes, I understand that video games can be used as an escape and to not play them and better your life instead.

    Please enlighten me further.
  18. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    What I'm saying is when it comes to addiction, the root causes of it are more important than the effects of the addiction itself.
  19. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    Yes I agree, but the addiction will always be there regardless.
  20. BruceWayne

    BruceWayne Building the life I want, day by day...

    So what if it is still there? If you're at a point in your life where you're satisfied you shouldn't need the addiction anymore. You'll just end up forgetting about it.

    I could list other reasons why you wouldn't need an addiction anymore but there's so many variables that go into why people get addicted.

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