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Shortly after I met some friends which kick started my journey into self-improvement and the life I live now.

I started to play “DOTA” for a few months before I decided to take my life more seriously.

If people at my house were playing, I would go do something else.

It took a strong will but I was eventually able to break the habit, and as time went on, it became easier and easier. Which brings me to the first and absolute most important puzzle to quitting video games: You must have a firm commitment to not play them. You must make the decision not to touch them at all ever again.

Before joining this guild I decided to quit the game.

This was right around the time that I decided to make a few last ditch efforts to save my relationship (which didn’t work).

A day or two after I moved in, one of my roommates, Ben, and I began to discuss our previous involvement in competitive video games, specifically the game Starcraft.

I mentioned how I took the game very seriously and “was very good”.

I competed competitively in Counterstrike 1.6, playing in both CAL and CEVO leagues. My CS 1.6 team would practice every day between 4-8 hours (as a team). After my CS 1.6 career ended, I started to play World of Warcraft.

When you have nothing else to do on a Friday night, what do you do? When you come home tired after working 9–5, what do you do? When you’re looking to just relax for a minute and kill some time, what do you do? And soon this turns into a major addiction, and one of the hardest ones to break.

Disclaimer: this article is for people who have a desire to quit playing video games (or want to help someone they know who is addicted.) If you aren’t looking to quit, then this article is not for you.

I knew the absolute only way this was going to be possible was if I stopped playing video games all together, so I decided that was exactly what I was going to do, and in October 2007 I quit them cold mother fuckin’ turkey. There were days when I had a massive desire to go play, but I had to stay committed to not touching any of them no matter what.

I didn’t touch a video game at all for almost two whole years. If a friend invited me over to play, I would decline.

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