Gaming the System

Gaming the System

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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.


032 - Why Are New Activities Boring After You Quit Gaming?
Feb 21 • 6 min
Anyone that has quit gaming and tried to fill their time with new activities has experienced this at some point. Nothing seems to scratch the same itch that gaming did. Nothing brings you as much fulfilment. As it turns out, the problem doesn’t lie with…
031 - Do Video Games Cause Violence?
Feb 14 • 12 min
Concerns over violent media started in the 50’s, and have remained a controversial topic of debate ever since. In this episode, I explore whether there’s any validity to the argument that video games make people violent, or whether it’s a symptom of…
030 - Gaming in Moderation: Everything You Need to Know
Feb 8 • 31 min
Some people want to quit gaming completely, and others want to play in moderation. If you’re part of the latter group, how do you go about turning video games into a healthy hobby? Listen to this episode to find out!
029 - How To Make Friends After You Quit Gaming
Jan 31 • 13 min
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…
028 - Why Twitch Is Destroying Your Mindset and Keeping You from Success
Jan 24 • 8 min
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…
027 - How Pauline Narvas Overcame Gaming Addiction to Become a Full-Time Programmer, Speaker, and Inspirational Figure
Jan 17 • 75 min
To say Pauline’s story is inspiring would be doing it a disservice. Having started her first ‘side hustle’ at 8 years old by learning how to turn HTML into websites, it seems like she was destined to be a part of the tech world. However, when school came…
026 - The Surprising Benefits of Relapsing
Jan 10 • 9 min
I’ve relapsed far more times over the last 5 years than I’d like to admit. However, what was once a painful barrier accompanied by months of pain is now an opportunity for me to build self-awareness and overcome my problems much faster than I did in the…
025 - Reflecting on 2019 and Starting Off the New Year Properly
Jan 7 • 28 min
We’re back! Hope you didn’t miss the podcast too much over the new year’s break, but after getting severe food poisoning and having to travel across the country, I thought I’d use the opportunity to take a bit of a break. In this episode I’m going to go…
024 - The Best Activities to Replace Gaming After You Quit
Dec 27, 2019 • 30 min
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…
023 - How Your Gaming Addiction Affects Everyone In Your Life
Dec 24, 2019 • 7 min
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…
022 - The Most Important Decision You Can Make when You Try to Quit Gaming
Dec 20, 2019 • 4 min
In all of my friendship groups, I was always known as the gamer. I never stood out in any way, and whenever someone talked to me it’d usually be about video games. At the time I didn’t see anything wrong with it. But, when I look back on how different my…
021 - How to Avoid Gaming Over Christmas
Dec 17, 2019 • 14 min
Growing up, Christmas was always a time for three things; no school, food, and gaming. I’d always ask for gaming-related presents from my family and eagerly look for the game-shaped present in the pile of gifts under the tree. But, after battling against…
020 - What if Your Friends Are Making You Relapse?
Dec 14, 2019 • 9 min
When it comes to talking to your friends about your gaming problem, it’s really freaking difficult. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’ll be laughed at and stigmatized, that your friends will kick you out of their life, or even abuse you. So, how do…
019 - Do Loot Boxes Lead to Problem Gambling?
Dec 10, 2019 • 11 min
It’s time again to talk about everybody’s favourite surprise mechanic, loot boxes. Parents hate them, governments hate them, gamers hate them, and yet publishers continue to shove them down our throats at every chance they get. They might seem like…
018 - Is Gaming on the Weekend Really that Bad? (spoilers, yes)
Dec 6, 2019 • 13 min
Are you someone that rewards themself with a week of hard work by sitting down in front of your computer or TV and spending the entirety of your weekend playing video games? Maybe you think there’s no harm in playing 2 days a week. You’ve worked hard, so…
017 - How to Help a Loved One with Video Game Addiction w/ Cam Adair and Nadja Streiter
Dec 3, 2019 • 27 min
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…
016 - From Suicidal Twitch Streamer to Living My Dream Life: How I Escaped Rock Bottom
Nov 29, 2019 • 30 min
I don’t usually get too personal on this show. I never really thought it was the place to be emotional… However, a conversation with a friend of mine, shortly followed by him urging me to share my story, prompted me to create this episode. I realised that…
015 - I Relapsed After 8 Months of No Gaming…
Nov 22, 2019 • 15 min
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…
014 - Internet Porn Is Destroying a Generation One Erection at A Time || Interview w/ Gabe Deem
Nov 15, 2019 • 78 min
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…
013 - Are Video Games Designed to be Addictive?
Nov 8, 2019 • 14 min
If you asked me this question 15 years ago, I’d probably answer it with a resounding no. However, in recent years the gaming industry has shifted towards an approach that focuses on broken, microtransaction-filled, free-to-play games full of mechanics…
012 - The Link Between Gaming and Porn Addiction
Nov 1, 2019 • 7 min
If you spend any amount of time on the internet you’ll soon start to see how prevalent porn is in our modern world. The rise in smartphone technology and high-speed internet has made porn more easily accessible than ever before in history. This has…
011 - Are Parents to Blame for Gaming Addiction? w/ Nadja Streiter
Oct 25, 2019 • 52 min
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…
010 - Instant Gratification: What Is It and Why Is It Causing You so Many Problems?
Oct 18, 2019 • 13 min
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…
009 - Is Gaming Worse than Watching TV?
Oct 11, 2019 • 7 min
If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “playing video games is no worse than watching Netflix” I’d probably have about $200 give or take… But, is there any truth to it? Well, kind of… The problem is television isn’t designed to be…
008 - Ed Latimore Interview: From Alcohol Addict to Heavyweight Boxer, Physics Major and 6-Figure Entrepreneur
Oct 4, 2019 • 67 min
Ed Latimore is a heavyweight boxer, author, and physics major who transformed himself from someone battling with a heavy alcohol addiction into the inspiring, passionate, and knowledgeable man he is today. Using the experiences he has gained throughout…
007 - Your Addiction to Gaming Can Be Turned Into a Superpower
Sep 27, 2019 • 10 min
How many times have you tried to take up a new activity, only to give up after a few weeks or months? You’re not alone. So why is it that you can go for 16 hours straight on a video game but can’t maintain the focus to build new skills? By the way, the…
006 - James’ First 30 Days in Thailand: A Journey from Depressed Gaming Addict to Entrepreneur
Sep 21, 2019 • 14 min
While in the middle of recording another episode, it dawned on me that it has been exactly 30 days since I embarked on a new chapter in my life and moved to Thailand to work for myself. It hasn’t been without its struggles (listen out for the story of why…
005 - The Link Between Gaming and Depression
Sep 13, 2019 • 14 min
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…
004 - How to Fill the Void After You Quit Gaming
Sep 6, 2019 • 9 min
When people quit gaming, they’re suddenly left with so much free time they have no idea what to do with it. As a result, they deem their detox a failure and go back to gaming. “I don’t think I was meant to quit gaming.” Usually, people end up going back…
003 - From Gaming Addict to Ultramarathon Runner, Jared Shares His Story After 2 Years Free
Aug 23, 2019 • 43 min
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…
002 - ESports: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly feat. Cam Adair
Aug 16, 2019 • 16 min
ESports. You either love them or you hate them. Or, in most cases, you have no idea what they are. With the recent success of the Fortnite World Cup, which saw 16-year-old ‘Bugha’ walk away with $3,000,000 in prize money, a number of discussions have been…
001 - Should Gambling Be Allowed in Video Games?
Aug 8, 2019 • 17 min
The first episode of our new podcast, Gaming the System! We’ve kept all of the old Game Quitters podcast episodes that you loved, we’re just adding to them with these. On this episode, James discusses the recent controversies in the crossover world of…
Podcast #25 | BBC Radio Interview on Video Game Addiction
Dec 20, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Podcast #24 | Should Video Games Be Regulated?
Apr 24, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Podcast#23 | Cam Live from a Hostel Bed in Portugal
Oct 5, 2017 • 26 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Cam goes on a solo monologue, live from a hostel bed in Lisbon, Portugal. This one is different. Hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please share it on social media, like it on SoundCloud, and subscribe for a new…
Podcast #22 | SoulBroRadio Interviews Cam Adair
Sep 28, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast we share an interview that happened recently on Soul Bro Radio. It’s a really interesting conversation that not only covers gaming addiction but other aspects we don’t always talk about on the podcast or in…
Podcast #021 | How to Create Magic with Jackie Knechtel
Sep 22, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast we sit down with Jackie Knechtel, co-founder of the Flow Consciousness Institute to talk about how to create magic, including the story behind how Cam and Jackie somehow managed to find themselves at a beach…
Podcast #20 | On Psychedelics, Plant Medicine, and Burning Man: Interview with Adam Roa
Sep 8, 2017 • 66 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast we sit down with Adam Roa once again to discuss psychedelics, plant medicine, and how Burning Man inspired our personal growth. If you enjoy the episode, please share it on social media, like it on SoundCloud,…
Podcast #19 | How to Binge on Productivity
Aug 31, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Podcast #18 | Overcoming Adversity and The Miracle Morning with Brianna Greenspan
Aug 25, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Cam interviews Brianna Greenspan, co-author of The Miracle Morning. How do you persevere when you live with chronic illness? We discuss that and much more, including The Miracle Morning, avoiding apathy,…
Podcast #17 | Building Confidence and Improving Your Relationships with Jeffrey Platts
Aug 17, 2017 • 63 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast Cam interviews Jeffrey Platts, a men’s relationship coach to talk about how to build more confidence and develop more meaningful relationships. They also talk about current obstacles men struggle with in life,…
Podcast #16 | Is College or University Worth Your Time, Energy, and Money?
Aug 10, 2017 • 90 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, Cam and Jason discuss whether college and university is worth your time, energy, and effort, with special guest RJ Carter. With high student loans, and so many college students struggling to balance gaming…
Podcast #15 | How Gaming Brought Us Halfway Around the World with NFL Cheerleader Amber Valdez
Aug 3, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, Cam and special guest, former NFL Cheerleader Amber Valdez talk about how gaming brought them together halfway across the world in Tanzania, Africa. They talk about why they are there, and Amber also shares…
Podcast #14 | The 90 Day Detox Survival Kit
Jul 27, 2017 • 87 min
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…
Podcast #13 | From Nintendo Power Connoisseur to Six-Figure Entrepreneur with Phil MacNevin
Jul 20, 2017 • 58 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, Cam interviews Phil MacNevin, a former Nintendo Power Connoisseur turned Six-Figure Entrepreneur. In this interview we discuss how gaming held Phil back from living his fullest potential, the impact it had on…
Podcast #11 | How to Stop Consuming Content, and Start Taking Action Instead with RJ Carter
Jul 6, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Podcast #10: The Power of Simple Habits to Overcome Addiction and Avoid Relapse with Pete Marston
Jun 29, 2017 • 58 min
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…
Podcast #9 | Parenting in the Digital Age featuring Dr. Richard Freed, author of Wired Child
Jun 28, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Podcast #8 | Can You Succeed Without Commitment? + Q&A
Jun 15, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode Cam and Jason explore the concept of commitment, and the role it plays in how success you will be when you quit playing video games. We also explore the reasons for changing your “Gamer” identity, what the positive uses of video games are,…
Podcast #7 | Cam Speaks in Vegas on Video Game Addiction
Jun 8, 2017 • 71 min
In this episode Cam goes to Las Vegas to speak about video game addiction at the Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling and we have the recording! In this episode you will learn what video game addiction is, why is happens, and what the practical…
Podcast #6 | Interview with Dr. Huu Kim Le: Why Is Video Game Addiction Not a Recognized Disorder?
Jun 1, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Podcast #5 | Adam Roa: ProGamer Turned Artist on Flow States, Creativity and Psychedelics?
May 25, 2017 • 61 min
In this episode we welcome special guest Adam Roa, who is a former pro-gamer turned artist, to discuss realizing your creative potential, reaching “flow state”, and even the role psychedelics can play in helping us unlock more of ourselves. We also go…
Podcast #4 | Interview with Tyler Walline: Mental Health Specialist & Youth Worker
May 18, 2017 • 63 min
In this episode we welcome special guest Tyler Willine, who is a Mental Health Specialist and Youth Worker to discuss the role addiction plays in youth, and how to shift our thinking patterns, how and why we become addicted, the phases of overcoming an…
Podcast #3 | Stop Gaming Reddit Q&A
May 18, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Podcast #2 | Podcast Origins & Jason’s Story
May 18, 2017 • 58 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, Jason shares his story of video game addiction, and what the “moment” was that inspired him to make a change. We also share more details on what the BIG goal is of Game Quitters, what the 90 day detox is all…
Podcast #1 | Welcome to the Podcast
May 18, 2017 • 56 min
In this episode of the Game Quitters Podcast, your hosts Cam Adair and Jason Welwood introduce what the podcast is all about, why they decided to start it, and what you can expect to learn as this journey begins to unfold. They also answer your questions…