Games are life……

“I will game every night, I don’t care what’s happening!”

The above is a direct quote from yours truly. How things have changed since that night. This post is the summed up history of my own personal down fall

I have never made it a secret that I am not a fan of hardcore gamers. So at what point did I become one? For the last year and a half I have played on xbox live every single night. Little did I know that right under my nose my very life as I knew it was coming undone. I figured it out about two months too late. How is it that one of the things I love most could cause me to lose the most important thing in the world?

‘Games are life’ seemed like a proper name for this post. Only for the reason that it’s easy to say games are life when they truly are. I want to put an understanding out that this post is not meant to be a lecture or a life changing event. From what I have seen this pattern seems to fall on a lot of gamers and they don’t even know it. No matter what is going on in your life rather it be something completely mundane or something exciting or intense, there is always something more important than gaming.

For a year and a half I watched as my gaming ‘life’ expanded. I met new people, played new games and it might have been the best gaming experience that I have ever had. While my game life was getting better by the minute my real life was falling into a downward spiral. Please keep in mind, I loved the last year and a half. If I could do it all again well, I would change everything. My real life would have come first and not the game life. I’m sure some of you are thinking that I am completely out of my mind. The rest of you are more than likely in total agreement with me.

Everyone, no matter what age, comes to a point in their life where everything becomes clear. Unfortunately that moment for me came a bit late. I will not bore anyone with the details but it has been a life altering experience. I found that after a year and a half of gaming I had became someone else. A person that to be honest with you I did not like. Now as I try to find what I lost I have come to realize it may be too late. I guess to sum it up: Don’t let it happen to you. Lay down the controller or the mouse play a board game or read a book. Enjoy and love all the things that’s in front of you while you still have them.

[This post was very important to me as it may be my last one for a bit. I am going to find what I lost and try to win back what I gave up. Keep in mind that everything that has happened to me is not to be blamed on gaming. I can promise you it had a large part in it but was not the sole cause. I know this post was not a standard jggh post. Thats because it came straight from my feelings. I just want everyone to know I will be back and a better person at that. Till then please continue to make jggh your home as much as it was mine. We are still very much a growing community and will continue to be. For the time being it will have to grow without me. I hope to see you all soon and please enjoy The Hour.]

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Author: Eric Baumgardner View all posts by
I operate this site. I also have been gaming for 23 years. I am an Xbox LIVE Ambassador and an Xbox Community Xpert. Need anything find me on Twitter @junegore or email me at junegore@jgghgames.com
  • Understandable. Take the time you need to get back on track. Just don’t leave us completely or I will have to take drastic action. ;0)

  • Understandable. Take the time you need to get back on track. Just don’t leave us completely or I will have to take drastic action. ;0)

  • As much as it sucks to not have you around for now (and boy does it) I understand. And even if you don’t come back to us in games, as long as I can catch you on MSN or on here then I am content. It’s good to know that I am not the only one who has had this revelation.

  • As much as it sucks to not have you around for now (and boy does it) I understand. And even if you don’t come back to us in games, as long as I can catch you on MSN or on here then I am content. It’s good to know that I am not the only one who has had this revelation.