Gamer ADD – A Cry For Help

Aug 19, 2013

It’s Sunday afternoon.  You’re at home with absolutely nothing that has to get done.  You’re not expected to do anything; your time is your own.  So you sit down to a nice afternoon of indulging in your video game backlog.  You pick the game on the top of the stack and prepare for satisfaction.  But it doesn’t come.  “That’s okay,” you think to yourself, “I’ll just switch to the next one, maybe I’m just not feeling this right now.”  You make the switch only to find that another hour has come and gone but you aren’t hooked on the second game yet.  Before long your Sunday is over.  As you lay in bed you realize that you played six different games in as many hours.  You just couldn’t settle.

Timeline of play-numbers

Has this ever happened to you?  Worse: does it happen often?  So many times I find myself working away throughout the week just waiting for a day free of responsibility.  Free to catch up on all the titles that I hear so much about but simply haven’t had the time to play.  When it finally comes, indecision and discontent plague what should be a fun experience.

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Is this due to the massive amount of quality content that we as gamers are exposed to on a regular basis?  Sometimes I feel like it is.  When I was younger and only purchased games maybe one every other month or so, I would sit down and see a game to completion before buying the next.  Now that I am the master of my own destiny (and have sustainable employment) I find my pile of shame to be rivaling the Empire State Building.  Services like PlayStation Plus and The Steam Summer Sale honestly don’t help either.  I am surrounded by easily accessible, quality titles in copious amounts.

Some of my collection...

Some of my collection…

In episode 96 of the Geeks With Wives podcast we briefly discussed gamer A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) and how being easily distracted from focusing on a single game was a problem.  I submit that I have yet to find a fail-safe cure for this nuisance.  Even writing this was prompted by a bout of gamer A.D.D.  I must admit that I am at a loss for what to do.

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So I’m reaching out to you, the Geeks With Wives audience: do you occasionally suffer from gamer ADD?  If so, what is your method of fighting through it?  Do you have any preventative measures that you take?  Let me know in the comments section.  I’m sure that, together, we can all learn a thing or two from each other and solve this detrimental psychic disability.


Hello, my name is Kenney, and I suffer from gamer A.D.D.


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