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Gaming the System

Part of the Game Quitters network, GTS brings you everything you need to know about video game addiction, and how people have changed their lives after overcoming it. Each week James will be covering a range of topics from industry news and surprise mechanics to companies fighting back against gaming disorder.

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014 - Internet Porn Is Destroying a Generation One Erection at A Time || Interview w/ Gabe Deem

If you watch internet porn, it might be time to start rethinking. Regardless of whether you watch it once a week or 3 times a day, it can have long-lasting damaging effects. Effects that today's guest, Gabe Deem, knows all too well. He started watching internet porn at the ripe old age of 12, and from that, it spiralled into an uncontrollable addiction. It got so bad that he ended up developing erectile dysfunction at the age of 23. Since then, he's undertaken an incredible transformation to become the man he is today. His organization, Reboot Nation, offers advice to thousands of people on a regular basis. Not only that, but Gabe also speaks internationally in school, colleges, to professionals and even in Capitol Hill. It was a huge privilege to have him on the show, and it was one of my favourite episodes to record. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! As always, thanks for tuning in. If you liked the episode I'd really appreciate you taking the time to give us a rating. It helps out far more than you realise! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.

1hr 18mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Podcast #14 | The 90 Day Detox Survival Kit

In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, Jason and special guest Jared share about their experience completing the 90 Day Detox, including challenges they had to overcome, strategies that helped them be successful, and other tips and tactics you can use to be successful on your journey to quit gaming for 90 days. If you like the episode, please share it on social media and subscribe for a new episode every Thursday!Show notes for the podcast are available here: gamequitters.com/podcast

1hr 27mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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024 - The Best Activities to Replace Gaming After You Quit

So many people struggle to find new things to do after they quit playing video games that it even has its own name - The Void. You're so used to getting a certain level of stimulation from gaming, anything else you do just feels boring in comparison. In this episode, I go over a few of my favourite hobbies that I think you should try if you want to quit gaming. They focus on the major needs that video games fulfil, and they all have a low barrier to entry. You might think they're common choices or you just don't want to do them, and that's fine, but if you are still stuck in the void and are still saying you don't want to do them, then the problem isn't the hobby... It's you. Activities featured in this episode: - coding - learn an instrument - exercise/active hobbies - photography - language Also, merry Christmas! If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


27 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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028 - Why Twitch Is Destroying Your Mindset and Keeping You from Success

You might think the biggest problem with Twitch is that you're spending too much time on the website, but you'd be wrong. In reality, the Twitch community with their crabs-in-a-bucket attitude is holding you back in more ways than you think. When you spend your free time listening to people talk about how poorly their life is going and being proud of that fact, it's going to wear down your mindset to the point where eventually you're going to join in. If you're trying to quit gaming and you're still watching Twitch, you might want to reconsider your relationship with the platform. Listen to the full episode to find out more, and learn how to avoid Twitch forever. Thanks for tuning in, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe if you haven't already! It really means a lot. Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


24 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Podcast #3 | Stop Gaming Reddit Q&A

In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast we answer the top questions from an exclusive Q&A thread for the StopGaming Reddit community. Questions answered include whether low self-worth is related to gaming addiction, the impact of psychological associations to our bedroom play after we quit, how to push through the void in our identity left by quitting games, whether gaming has an affect on our social interactions, whether we should minimize our time with gadgets and technology in general, and if constantly checking our mobile devices has an impact on our mental capacities. Jason also gives us an update on his 90 day detox. If you enjoy the episode, please like, subscribe, and share it on social media.

1hr 2mins

18 May 2017

Rank #5

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029 - How To Make Friends After You Quit Gaming

When you quit gaming it often means leaving a lot of your old friends behind. Whether it's because you can't cope with them talking about video games all the time, inviting you to play, or because you're trying to shed your old identity as a gamer, it's never an easy process to go through. So what can you do? Ultimately it comes down to one thing. You have to become someone that can attract new friends. If you're living a boring life with no hobbies and spend your free time on YouTube, it's not going to go well. Regardless of whether or not you're playing video games anymore. If, however, you decide to get yourself out of your comfort zone and learn new skills, meet new people, and live an interesting life you'll soon find yourself at the centre of an awesome friendship group. It's not easy, though. It can take a long time and a lot of effort to build new relationships. But I can assure you it's 100% worth it. If you enjoyed the episode, don't forget to review and subscribe, it really helps us out! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


31 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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005 - The Link Between Gaming and Depression

As someone that has struggled with both depression and gaming addiction, I've definitely had thought about whether or not they're connected. I've even been asked a number of times "did gaming make you depressed?". I've had a lot of time to think about this question, and that led me to make this podcast episode. Spoilers: Gaming doesn't make you depressed. However, being addicted to gaming is definitely fostering a perfect environment to amplify any existing problems you might have. The key is to build awareness and find balance. I hope you enjoy the episode, and forget to leave a review if you're listening on Apple Podcasts, it means a lot to us. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


13 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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011 - Are Parents to Blame for Gaming Addiction? w/ Nadja Streiter

Nadja Streiter is a therapist, parent coach and Director of Programs at Game Quitters.  On this episode of Gaming the System she joins me in a discussion about whether or not parents are to blame for their child's addiction. On the internet, the first thing that people criticize when gaming disorder gets mentioned is the parents. It's eas understand why. The parents are responsible for the child's upbringing, so they will have the greatest impact on whether or not a child develops an addiction. Right? Well, not entirely. Due to the changing world of gaming, more and more games are being designed to addict and it's only getting worse. As I mentioned in the episode we're running a FREE webinar on the 31st October at 7 PM PST. It's all about the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to gaming addiction, and if you're a parent struggling at the moment you don't want to miss it. So click the link here to sign up: https://events.genndi.com/register/818720503324746489/f0f86a3a08 Thanks for listening, and as always don't forget to leave a rating, review or comment. It really helps us out! Until next time. Peace.


25 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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010 - Instant Gratification: What Is It and Why Is It Causing You so Many Problems?

Instant gratification is probably the number 1 drug of the modern generation. You really can't escape it. With smartphones always within arms reach, and an unlimited number of worlds ready to be explored at home or on the move, it's no wonder a human's attention span is now less than a Goldfish. The problem with instant gratification, or a lack of delayed gratification, is that once you become accustomed to it you'll stop finding enjoyment in other activities. This is why it's so hard for gamers to move on and pick up new hobbies. They expect to get rewarded straight away, instead of doing the normal thing and building up progress over time. Learn what instant gratification is all about in this episode of Gaming the System. Brought to you by Game Quitters. As always thanks for listening. If you enjoyed it I'd love it if you could leave us a review as it really helps us out! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


18 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Podcast #19 | How to Binge on Productivity

Have you ever binged watched an entire season of a TV show or powered your way through the main story of a video game? What if you could use that same mentality and binge on productivity instead?In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast we'll give you 6 steps that you can start using right away to train your brain to become an unstoppable productivity-binging machine! We'll show you how to create your own "loading screen" to start your day off right, how to grind for real-life loot crates to super charge your motivation, how to craft a personalized set of quests to lead you to success and much more. If you enjoy the episode, please share it on social media, like it on SoundCloud, and subscribe for a new episode every Thursday.Shownotes available on: gamequitters.com/podcastSupport the podcast on Patreon: patreon.com/gamequitters


31 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Podcast #10: The Power of Simple Habits to Overcome Addiction and Avoid Relapse with Pete Marston

In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Cam interviews Pete Marston, a recovering drug and gaming addict who discovered how changing simple habits had a profound impact on his addiction recovery and ability to avoid relapse. We also discuss the importance of a morning routine, support system, and Pete's opinion on AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). If you enjoy the episode, please share it on social media, "like it", leave a comment, and subscribe for a new episode every Thursday!For the shownotes: gamequitters.com/podcast


29 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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Podcast #9 | Parenting in the Digital Age featuring Dr. Richard Freed, author of Wired Child

In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Cam sits down with Dr. Richard Freed, a child and adolescent psychologist and author of Wired Child to discuss challenges and strategies to reclaim your child in the digital age. We also discuss the role marketing plays from technology companies like Apple in creating a perception of our relationship to technology that is more perception than reality. Dr. Freed shares a lot of insight into what he sees in his practice working with client, and we hope you enjoy this interview. If you do, please "like it", share it on social media, leave a comment,. rating and review, and subscribe to receive a new episode every Thursday!Connect with Dr. Freed on richardfreed.com and find the show notes on gamequitters.com/podcast


28 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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023 - How Your Gaming Addiction Affects Everyone In Your Life

Take a few moments to think about the people who see you gaming every day. Your parents, carers, friends. Whoever it might be. Now imagine you've swapped places. What would you say to this person? Would it be an encouragement? Reflection? A simple "okay no problem"? So, why aren't you saying it to yourself? In this episode of Gaming the System, James explores what life is like for the people outside of your virtual bubble. Oftentimes it's easy to think we're the only ones affected by a gaming addiction, but in reality, that isn't the case. Your loved ones see you every day, and they're powerless to help you overcome your problem. No matter how much it hurts them... If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


24 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Podcast #24 | Should Video Games Be Regulated?

Over the past week there has been a lot happening in the video games industry around potential regulations, especially around loot boxes, so I sat down for an interview with Christopher Hansford who works as the Political Engagement Director of Consumers for Digital Fairness to share the latest on legislative efforts around the gaming industry and what it means for gamers and gaming addicts alike. Hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please share it on social media, like it on SoundCloud, and subscribe.Shownotes available on: gamequitters.com/podcastSupport the podcast on Patreon: patreon.com/gamequitters


24 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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003 - From Gaming Addict to Ultramarathon Runner, Jared Shares His Story After 2 Years Free

This episode is a must-listen whether you're a gaming addict, parent, or loved one. There's so much information and great advice it's hard to know where to start. 2 years after arriving on Episode #14 of the Game Quitters podcast, Jared Webb comes on to talk to James about his journey through the ups and downs of conquering gaming addiction. We discuss what it's like to raise a son and how he's going to limit his children's tech use, how Jared went from running 3 hours a week to 3 hours a day and completing a 100 mile race, as well as how he overcame urges during his gaming detox. Don't forget to share the podcast with your friends and family, and leave us a review if you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening! Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


24 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Podcast #6 | Interview with Dr. Huu Kim Le: Why Is Video Game Addiction Not a Recognized Disorder?

In this episode we welcome special guest Dr. Huu Kim Lee, an Australian Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who's on the front lines of the debate about whether "video game addiction" should be an officially recognized disorder. We have a candid conversation surrounding that debate, including what the current obstacles are to being officially recognized, what some of the "myths" about video game addiction are, especially in the academic and scientific community, and we also share insights into what we've both learned working with video game addicts to help them live a great life. If you like the episode, please "like it", subscribe to get the next episode (every Thursday), and leave a comment.Connect with Dr. Huu Kim Le at http://cgiclinic.com and watch his TEDx talk, The spell of digital immersion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ7A74Vx7YE

1hr 7mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #16

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Podcast #11 | How to Stop Consuming Content, and Start Taking Action Instead with RJ Carter

In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Jason interviews RJ Carter on how to go from consuming content, to actually taking action in your life instead. If you enjoy the episode, please share it on social media, "like it", leave a comment, and subscribe for a new episode every Thursday!Shownotes available on gamequitters.com


6 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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017 - How to Help a Loved One with Video Game Addiction w/ Cam Adair and Nadja Streiter

It's one thing struggling with video game addiction yourself, but what can you do when you see someone you love destroying their life with gaming? Maybe they're still living at home, struggling to get a job, overweight and are losing the will to live. No matter how much you want to help them, the painful truth is that you can't convince someone to change. You can give them all the information you want, but it's not going to help them. If anything, it'll just make them resent you. So, what can you do?  We designed our program, Reclaim, for one purpose: To help parents and loved ones to foster a deep understanding of video game addiction and learn how to effectively treat the disorder in someone close to them.  Over 4 modules, 40 lessons, worksheets, interviews and videos - you'll gain all of the knowledge you need to tackle the modern problem of video games once and for all. The program was designed in conjunction with licensed therapist, parents coach and program director at Game Quitters - Nadja Streiter. Nadja learnt first hand the effects of video game addiction in her own children, so you can be sure that this program was written specifically with you in mind. We understand what you're going through, but it doesn't need to be like that forever. If you want to finally beat gaming addiction and Reclaim your loved one, check out the course here: https://gamequitters.com/reclaim/ You might have noticed this episode was released on a Tuesday. Well, we're experimenting with providing even more amazing content for you on Gaming the System, with double the episodes and double the quality.  If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


3 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Podcast #25 | BBC Radio Interview on Video Game Addiction

This week BBC Radio5 Live did a full feature segment on video game addiction featuring Game Quitters Founder, Cam Adair, member from the UK, Matus, and a parent from our community named Giovanna. It also featured Head Counselor of The Cabin's Edge Program (residential treatment for gaming addiction)John Logan, and Headmaster Robert Tegan from The Cedars School in the UK. Hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please share it on social media, like it on SoundCloud, and subscribe.More podcasts available on gamequitters.com/podcastSupport the podcast by donating: gamequitters.com/donateNeed help to quit gaming? Check out our Respawn program: gamequitters.com/respawnNeed help as a parent or loved one? Buy our Reclaim guide: gamequitters.com/reclaim


20 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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015 - I Relapsed After 8 Months of No Gaming...

I didn't want to make this episode. I didn't even EXPECT to have to make this episode. But, here we are... This week I relapsed hard. Although I had been playing in moderation (5 hours a week) prior to it, I didn't count it as a relapse because nothing had changed in my life. However, just a few days ago something happened that altered my perspective completely. Listen to the episode to find out what happened.  Your support has been amazing recently, the podcast is constantly destroying every goal we set for ourselves. So a huge thank you to every one of you that watches and shares our episodes. If you haven't already I'd love for you to leave us a rating. It'll help us get the podcast in front of more people, and we can provide as much value as possible! Until next time. Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.


22 Nov 2019

Rank #20