Xbox and High School Call of Duty Addiction

My name is Tyler John Wofford. When I was very little I would play a lot of gaming consoles for VERY long periods of time. Over the years I have played the PSP, GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, Gameboy Advance SP, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, and countless more small scale gaming consoles. When I was small I had a very fast metabolism, so sitting around playing Video games, drinking soda, and eating junk food wasn't really affecting my body. But as I grew older my metabolism had slowed down. Around 7th grade I started gaining weight; I had gone from anemic looking skin and bones Tyler, all the way to "On his way to being morbidly Obese" Tyler. At the end of my 8th grade year I weighed about 195lbs, which for an 8th Grader (13 years old) was nowhere near being healthy. My video game “addiction" had always been acute but as soon as I first started to play Call of Duty: World at War my small acute addiction had taken a whole new level. I loved playing the game, leveling up, and even working the prestige system. I would spend days locked away in my room. I would end up spending less time on homework, just so I could play a few more minutes online. My daily schedule during school became. Wake up, play COD, and then leave for school. Next I would come home and IMMEDIATELY start playing it. This would last until about three or four in the morning. Finally, I would sleep for a few hours and I would start the WHOLE thing over. I became the "Gamer" of the Family that was skipping family events (Parties, Gatherings, Holidays, etc.) just to play online. Unfortunately, Call of Duty: World at War was not my only addiction. A year after COD: World At War was released, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was came out as these games are continually released new every year. My life went the same as it had with World at War as it went with Modern Warfare 2. Then after about another year of Call of Duty: Black Ops came out. That was when I began noticing things about my life. Still, I assured myself that those "problems" I had weren't bad. Then I retired Black Ops when COD: Modern Warfare 3 was released. That was when everything came into sight with my life. My high school career sucked. I was the "Fat kid" with really bad "puffy eyes" and "nasty teeth". My video game addiction took away some very great things in my life. 1. When I would play video games I would always have some sort of drink and food with myself. Most of the time it would be a big bag of potato chips, a lot of candy, and mountain dew or monster. Because of that and poor hygiene skills, my teeth fell into decay. I am now looking at dentures before the age of 35. And because of literally zero exercise and living as a sloth with video games, I began gaining weight. I would stay up so late I now have bags under my eyes. Usually I cannot go even one day without someone asking me if I was given a black eye and beaten up. One very important thing about high school is dating. Well it is not important, but it is a very big thing. It helps create high school into the 4 greatest years of your life. But as for me 3 of these years have been really horrible. I had never even had an actual relationship throughout high school. Why? I think not only because of my weight, eyes, and teeth, but because I didn't ever try to find any time for relationships. I always would rather spend time and money playing Xbox. I had about 2 friends that I would actually talk to everyday in high school as opposed to my "friends" on Xbox. I had well over 50 of them. So when MW3 came out, I decided that enough was enough. I began cutting down on my video gaming. In the COD franchise you as you play you level up, unlock new guns, weapons, perks, etc. After a while you have the option to prestige which is like starting completely over. I maxed out EVERY prestige on COD: World at War, Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty Black Ops. Overall on those 3 games I have over 100 days played. That's over 2,400 hours on video games. As MW3 came out I decided to change everything. I got into an ARMY JROTC class (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) which gave me motivation to stay true to what I literally NEEDED to accomplish. With JROTC came many extracurricular activities that I was able to use to draw myself away from video games. It also got me the much needed exercise that my body had not been attuned to. With the help of JROTC I was able to lose weight, and limit my time playing video games. I went from around 200lbs all the way down to 154lbs. I am currently enlisted in the United States Army and awaiting my ship date. My life is now great. Why? I no longer play video games. Some people can limit themselves to playing video games only on certain occasions, times etc. I have sold my video game consoles to ensure that something like that never happens again. No matter how far deep you are in with addictions, you can ALWAYS find a way out.
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