Joystiq Interview: How to quit games for a year!

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I found this article on the "Joystiq" website, and it was fascinating reading. The "gamer" in question, Matthew Shafeek, made a pledge to give up his favorite hobby, videogaming, for a whole year! In this interview, he recalls the feelings, trials, and insights on life he gained while obstaining from videogaming for 365 days (which he hasn't quite completed yet)!

I've given up gaming (and even computing in general) for periods of a month or so back in the day, but a whole year??? I'd wither away and die! (Ok, not really...)

The article might make you wonder how YOU'D fare if you gave up videogames for a year.

Here's the link:

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/12/12/joystiq-interview-how-to-quit-games-fo...

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yakumo9275
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Very interesting, but I

Very interesting, but I hardly game as it is, mostly I write code. The wife signed up for a half marathon yesterday and wants me to sign up (shamrock marathon, virginia beach on st patricks day)... I just dont think my knees could take it cliff young-shuffle or no shuffle.

I think the bigger thing would be giving up the computer or giving up tv (I've done the tv thing...) really couldnt do the give up computer thing (which probably means I should give it a go!)

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Bill Loguidice
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Personally I have no

Personally I have no interest in giving up something that isn't negative just to give it up. Who cares if I'm lucky to game even 1 hour a week? I still have a blast when I can. Same thing for all the other computer and videogame stuff that I have.

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Matt Barton
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I agree with Bill. I'd only

I agree with Bill. I'd only be open for something if there was the idea of trying something else for awhile just to see if I'd like it better. For instance, perhaps going on a cruise or living in a cabin for a week, etc. If I went to another country (say Netherlands or Egypt!!), I'd feel dumb just playing games all the time instead of seeing the country. Otherwise, though, I'm happy to game.

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Bill Loguidice
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Cruises - bleh!
Matt Barton wrote:

I agree with Bill. I'd only be open for something if there was the idea of trying something else for awhile just to see if I'd like it better. For instance, perhaps going on a cruise or living in a cabin for a week, etc. If I went to another country (say Netherlands or Egypt!!), I'd feel dumb just playing games all the time instead of seeing the country. Otherwise, though, I'm happy to game.

It's funny that you mention a cruise. I went on a Carnival cruise a year or two back. It left from New York and went to a few islands, including Puerto Rico before returning. Needless to say, in less than a week I felt tortured, trapped and bored. I was even tired of the food. If you ever do do a cruise, I recommend you do one where the activities - especially eating - aren't scheduled. You'd probably enjoy it more. In any case, I never want to cruise again. Been there, done that, didn't like it. Even a really good one I don't think I'd care for too much.

The only interesting part was that Doug Flutie was on board with his family and a small entourage. I was in the gym at the same time as him. This was a few weeks before he announced his retirement. Otherwise, not much interesting going on there and I certainly didn't like being cut off from the outside world (a la, no Internet - you could pay a fortune for satellite Internet).

So I guess going back to the original topic, I certainly couldn't give up the Internet for a year, as even a week or so was too much time away!

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I've often toyed with the

I've often toyed with the notion of roughing it somewhere for a week or maybe even a month. I envision a cabin deep in the woods. Somewhere without any lights on at night so you could really enjoy the stars. Of course, I'd probably bring some books and writing materials, but would enjoy doing some fishing, barbecuing, and maybe even hunting. Unfortunately, I'm not very skilled in these areas.

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Bill Loguidice
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Roughing it
Matt Barton wrote:

I've often toyed with the notion of roughing it somewhere for a week or maybe even a month. I envision a cabin deep in the woods. Somewhere without any lights on at night so you could really enjoy the stars. Of course, I'd probably bring some books and writing materials, but would enjoy doing some fishing, barbecuing, and maybe even hunting. Unfortunately, I'm not very skilled in these areas.

I've considered such a concept as well, however I don't feel comfortable fishing or hunting, as I really don't like killing living things. I don't even like killing bugs, but naturally that's something that has to be done.

I've discovered in my 36 years of life that I really like all the modern conveniences. Even roughing it a little tends to get on my nerves. I like having a real bathroom, especially a real bathroom with a shower. Since most of us have such little vacation time, I figure why waste it on something that's not going to be fun and/or relaxing.

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Mark Vergeer
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Quitting games - no way / doing other things - way !

I can imagine why Matthew chose to do something like going without games for 365 days, as it opened up other possibilities for him he'd otherwise miss out on. The key is to find some balance in the things you do - without having to resort to abstaining from something altogether. Why go through that? I don't see the point for me personally. But the idea of doing something different every now and then is nice. It is good to change activities every now and then. It is good to slow down and read an evening instead of bombarding the brain with information from the telly, the pc or the console.

Elise and I actually listened to the original 1955-1957 series of radio-plays by Charles Chilton. Amazing stuff and the tempo is so totally different from today's movies or radio-plays. It's great for decompressing, but so is cleaning up. For some reason that also relaxes me - throwing out stuff you don't need & bringing it to the recycle plant.

Going on a cruise won't be my cup of tea - no matter how big the ship is you always are surrounded by tons of people. Stop overs are often sparse and you only get to see the super-touristy places. Going on a road trip through New England US, the whole of the US & parts of Canada, going on survival hikes and rouging it teaching kids survival skills (did that in my early 20's mostly in the US), pitching up a tent on Spitsbergen or Iceland and go on lengthy walks. Walk along Hadrian's wall in Schotland and buying and remodelling a house in France are some of the things I like to do besides gaming.

I am not one of these guys that likes to train for a Marathon but a lot of my friends have and some have done the Rotterdam, London, New York and Paris marathons.

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Yeah a good bed, shower and a toilet

Well I do agree with you Bill that whilst in my early 20's I didn't mind roughing it hunting, catching animals in snares to eat and all that I tend to gravitate towards a good bed, shower and a toilet. If I have these three items in a more or less accessible way and in working order than I can conquer the world. If one or all of those are lacking - which is the case in the middle of the woods or when you are shivering in a tent 4 feet above the perma frost on Iceland - I notice that I cannot enjoy things as much because of the discomfort. So whenever I am on a vacation that involves a lot of physical exertion I want to have good accommodations. If I am trained - in good physical condition - I tend to bare roughin'it a whole lot better though.

Elise is far less high-maintenance than I am in that regard as she is going to be staying in a rather - crappy - hotel on the West Bank of the Nile for a month on the next digg that is coming up in less than 8 weeks. Cockroaches, bad tap water etc will just get the better of me with doing the diarrhoea cha cha cha in no-time. She's damn machine when it comes to that - she takes after her dad like that.

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I'd definitely prefer a

I'd definitely prefer a shower, toilet, and decent climate control. I'd only want to truly rough it if it were part of a survival training type situation. I can't imagine enduring that for fun. However, after reading a bit of Huck Finn again, it seems that concerns about showers and toilets go away after awhile. Obviously, the benefits of having near total freedom outweigh a lot of conveniences, especially if you can procure food and water relatively easily--and assuming the climate isn't harsh.

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