Part of the Game Quitters network, GTS brings you everything you need to know about video game addiction, and how people have changed their lives after overcoming it.
Each week James will be covering a range of topics from industry news and surprise mechanics to companies fighting back against gaming disorder.
Improving Your Social Skills with Dr. Jay Berk PhD
The world is a social world and it's crucial that you have the skills necessary to navigate it. Often when you play video games excessively you can find yourself with poor or underdeveloped social skills, which are made even more challenging if you struggle with ADHD or social anxiety. So how do you practically improve your social skills and succeed in a physical world? We welcome Dr. Jay Berk PhD to share his insights.
How to Stop Escaping into Video Games
Gaming helps you escape from stress in your life. It's one of the most popular reasons why people play video games. Now there's a good side of this but there's also a downside. And often people who use gaming to escape are most at-risk of developing addictions. So in this episode we talk about how you can stop escaping into video games.
Dealing with Gaming Nostalgia
After you quit gaming it’s common to experience feelings of nostalgia, and this can be a problem because these emotions create cravings to play.
One of the reasons why this happens is because gaming meant something to you, and you can acknowledge that. You don’t need to shy away and pretend gaming wasn’t meaningful, but that also doesn’t mean you need to continue to play.
So in this episode we talk about what nostalgia is and how to overcome it.
037 - Why Are Some Games More Addictive than Others?
Why do some gamers get attracted to the immersive world of Skyrim, when others only care about ranking up and getting kills? As it turns out, there are a number of external and internal factors that contribute to this, and we've created an easy-to-use addiction model for you to determine exactly why games are addictive for you!
036 - The #1 Habit to Start When You Quit Gaming
Journaling. You'll find countless people talking about the benefits of keeping a journal every day, and honestly, I never thought I'd be one of them. I've hated journaling in the past. I could never make it stick. However, I've recently turned it into one of my keystone habits and over the last few weeks, I've seen so many positives I can't believe I didn't do it sooner.
BONUS: How to Manage Gaming During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Millions have been affected by the Coronavirus, and with people staying at home it can be a struggle for those of you battling against video games to find support about how to navigate this situation.
In this bonus episode of Gaming the System, Cam and Nadja got on a call to talk about how parents can manage their child's screentime during this outbreak and provide a number of practical steps for you to follow.
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From Video Games to Drugs
The pod has useful tips if you wanna stop playing video games. However it promotes the use of illegal drugs like hallucinogens and and glorifies drugs culture. I found the pod hypocritical in one hand it’s saying don’t play video games they’re addictive and will ruin your life. While in the other hand they’re saying use drugs they’re cool and will make your life better. Shame on the host for telling the listeners to use illegal drugs like LSD! The pod is essentially telling the listener to trade in their video game addiction for a drug addiction. Shame on the podcast creators.
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