I’m not much of a gamer – my “gaming” consists of playing 10 year old+ computer games that run on the integrated Intel Graphics chip on my laptop, or emulating 20 year old console games. Nonetheless, after a recent move to a new city I noticed I spend more time playing games than I do on more enriching activities like reading or exercising and I feel it’s become a distraction.
I’ve decided to go the next three months without playing any sort of games with the only exception of playing Chess which comes out to a move a day and less than a minute of strategizing. I’ve removed Steam and all games from laptop, deleted all games/emulators on my phone, and deleted games/emulators on the Raspberry Pi we have connected to the TV for watching movies.
Video games and other entertainment-focused activities come with an opportunity cost. I’m dedicating the time I spent playing games on more productive habits and hobbies like reading, writing, exercising, or meditating.