What's up. I love video games. I work in gaming. I used to love them way too much and it nearly ruined my life. I bet many of you can relate.
There are many reasons you guys need to give up LoL, Dota, WoW, MW, Skyrim, Minecraft, and whatever the fuck you play. I saw on subreddit analysis that a lot of yall are into that shit, so I figured that this subject, which might initially seem unrelated to sexual strategy, might resonate with some people here.
I haven't played for 4 years and it's improved my life so much. The problem with video games, specifically MMO/pvp/RPG oriented games, is that they provide an outlet for your competitive masculine urges and instincts. The joy of exploration, the need for adventure, the desperate yearning for competition... When you get that through a game, you reach a point of satiety and don't seek it in real life. All good games are social in nature and difficult enough that you can spend a year or two slowly making "micro-progress." Learning to play LoL or Dota at a high level for example requires the same start-up time as learning to program; reaching a high level in SC2 or WoW involves intaking a comparable amount of information that someone might be exposed to in a year of college.
You feel like you are learning, you feel like you are this masculine badass who is competing and slaughtering and in this primal zone. You get to escape your troubles and you earn friends who are cool, chill dudes who you can shoot the shit with on vent or skype or whatever is used these days. We all crave status - that's another big one - and games give you status that is constructed so elaborately, through systems of guilds and clans and peacock-symbols and rankings and elos... that your brain actually believes it.
What does all of this lead to? It leads to a grand, overwhelming sapping of your will to go out and get that shit in real life. I was happy with a shitty sales job because I figured, hey, I make enough to buy this epic desktop battlestation, awesome speakers, and a comfy chair. I knew I should be working out, but if I "worked out" my characters, they would turn into badasses in a month. It would take years of working out my real body to transform it, so I didn't do it.
I remember when I was 15, a long, long time ago, EQ1 was the big deal. I remember I would just hike and explore around mountains and rivers. I wouldn't even be playing the game as intended, I just loved exploring these amazingly beautiful (for the time being) environments. Later, I realized that I just loved nature and I had this inner masculine urge to get out and see the primal beauty of the world around me. Instead of doing that and hiking the Appalachian, climbing Half-Dome, and scuba-diving... I settled for staring at some cute pixels.
This phenomena only gets worse with these insanely beautiful games like Skyrim, DA, Assasins Creed, etc. You can really get lost and trick your brain into believing that you're actually having adventures. This is why gamers salivate over high budget PC builds, high-res monitors, and the like - they want to trick everything out just right so they can really believe they are anywhere but in their apartments living a mediocre life.
And here's the thing; when you are a child or teen, it really, really works because you have no frame of reference to compare it to. The sim games actually make you feel like you really are building a business, learning a skill, or managing an empire. Day by day your raw need to get out there and fuck the world with your competitive desire and have riveting adventures with your peers fades away, because your undeveloped brain thinks "this here, this virtual shit, is real." And believe me, game designers know it.
TRP and video games just don't work. The differentiator between successful men and mediocre men is very simple. Successful men do what they do because the pursuit of their vision, the war with reality to create something, IS their entertainment. Mediocre men enter reality and pursue work so that they can carve out enough finances and stability to access entertainment that others have created. This need to be entertained and the contentment in watching another guy, be it your avatar, a guy in a TV show, or Lexington Steele do the things you want to do... is the hallmark of second-rate men. Gaming, however, is more dangerous than TV or porn because you really can get far more sucked in.
The only solution, IMO, is what this guy describes. If my post resonated with you and you want to stop playing games (or any similar hobby, be it watching netflix, porn, excessive sports-following, etc) then read this gentleman's article.
Gaming will stop or at least slow your RP growth. The beauty of RP is that it will have you eliminating a lot of useless crap from your life. The danger is you can just slide all of that into surfing the net and gaming if you aren't careful. I just backpacked across the John Muir Trail a few months ago and believe me, it's infinitely more beautiful, and difficult, and entertaining than hiking up that bigass mountain in Skyrim can ever be. But you'll never get out there and do cool shit if you can just log on and do easy shit that feels "cool."
TLDR: If you've ever wondered why you lack that raw X factor, that primal desire to buttfuck the weightroom, climb mountains, approach the hottest girls, blaze through learning new skills... it might be because you play video games.
Edit: Look, if you want to argue every negative thing about gaming or about how none of this applies to you because you're a "casual" and you "can control yourself... unlike those lame betas" then do this - in your post, explain a few positive things that gaming adds to your life. That discussion, I believe, would have value - given that a lot of people here are adamant about gaming being an important part of their lives, explain to me what is your gaming helping you achieve, what function does it play in your RP journey, and so on. At the moment its just a bunch of people calling me "extreme"... which is true, but seriously, this is RP, a strategy or idea being "extreme" is not an inherently negative thing.