Two retired video gamers

I’ve been wanting to post a follow-up to the “Grow up already” post back in January for quite some time. Apparently this topic steps on people’s toes, and I REALLY think it needs to.

Matthew 6:34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we just cop out of thinking about our life 20 years down the road. So today I want to join with you in looking at what life might be like for the video game junkie as they enter the golden years. Many people try to say that playing video games isn’t inherently evil. We’re all entitled to our opinion, and you could be right. But again, we’re looking at the end here, not the beginning. Let’s take a look at the choice to be one of two retired video gamers….

Choice A is to reach the end of life, having spent enough time playing video games to have retired and start receiving social security checks. This path might include spending thousands of hours killing make believe digital creatures, walking imaginary lands searching for a treasure that will impress your friends, or living the life of a professional sports athlete through your fingertips. Playing video games has changed quite a bit, with exercise and family enjoyment now being a part of it (thanks to the Nintendo Wii). But let’s be honest, that usually isn’t the case. The issue at the core of all of this? Truly being social. When people don’t want to go the extra inch and enter into real society, I believe they take the low road and form an imaginary society by hanging out with people they most likely never see.

Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, director of Computer Addiction Services at Harvard University-affiliated McLean Hospital, agrees that the social aspect is a primary factor in many game addictions in this article from CNET News. She hit the nail on the head when stating that “Many of these people are lonely, have never felt like they belonged. People get a sense of belonging in the game. In some cases, it provides the only friends they interact with.”

Choice B is the choice I made four years ago. Retiring as a video game junkie after realizing how much time that lifestyle required. I believe every life should be lived with eternal retirement in mind. A choice to stop making excuses that allows life to be lived around ourselves, and wrapping our focus around what really matters. The cross of Christ. Isn’t that what Luke 9:23 is talking about? At the end of the day being able to say that you picked up your cross. Living a life that the preacher doesn’t have to lie about at your funeral?

Retiring from video games was one of the best choices I’ve made in my life. If you’re struggling with it, I understand. I was also there a few times. Wanting to break the habit, but not having the guts to make the move. In the end it wasn’t me who made the move, it was God who recognized my heart was ready, and He’s now working it out as He should be. If you struggle with this, or have overcome the battle, I’d love to read your comments. This issue is legit, and I want to focus on speaking into it with your help!

PRAYING for more parents to realize how enjoyment can turn into addiction. PRAISING God for removing this idol from my life.

  1. You’re right, I similarly retired from playing games. My roommate was addicted, played for hours everyday (who does school anyway?). It killed his grades, his social life (or death), everything.

    🙁 I still like Halo haha.

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  3. Everything in moderation right? I see no issue with video games, but if someone cannot control their urges to play and be disciplined, then yes, it is an issue. Now, some of these more vulgar and gruesome games are issues, I agree there as well.

    I mean, whose life wouldn’t be enriched by pitfall or space invaders =]

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