My Real Life Endurance Run Ep. 1

 Hello to everyone who reads this!  My name is Kegan Bako-Listy, I’m 18 and I’m a senior in High School.  There are a lot of better things I could probably do with my time then playing video games, but for some reason that’s what I chose for my hobby.  I am involved in the Drama department at my high school, and I am currently a lead in the show we are performing.  During my free time I play video games, hang out with friends, and during the winter I snowboard.  Video games in no way control my social life, but they seem to be interfering with my school work.  I have always procrastinated my school work, but I always seemed to get in done before it was due.  Last year however I started just not doing my work, and my grades took a serious toll.  I managed to talk my way into passing all of my classes last year, but my GPA went from a 3.9 to a 3.2.  Over the summer I told myself I would not slack off like I did last year, unfortunately history repeats itself.    
 
Tomorrow is when my first quarter report card comes in the mail, and I am about 95% sure it will be as worse as my grades last year.  My parents will most likely pull out the “we are not mad at you, we are just disappointed” card, and it will take some time for them to trust me again.  As much as I hate to say it, I’m pretty sure that in order to do better in school I need to take away the video games.  So starting tomorrow I will conduct a little experiment.  For the time being I will stop playing games, and see how that changes my life.  By the end of this experiment I hope to see a change in my work ethics, and hopefully a way for me to be able to balance school work and my video game hobby.   

I know I need to actually put effort into this if I want to see a change in my life, and I really don’t know if this is going to be hard.  This is something I feel I need to do in order to grow some reasonability-balls, so we will see how it goes.  I will write about how this experiment is going, and the changes in my life at least once a week, or whenever I‘m board.  Who knows, maybe I will like my life more without video games.  I might end up getting my drivers license, or possibly getting laid… Anyway it is sure to be interesting, and if no one ends up reading this than at least I will have a place to put my feelings.  

See you all next week, or earlier!

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Posted by KeganBL

 Hello to everyone who reads this!  My name is Kegan Bako-Listy, I’m 18 and I’m a senior in High School.  There are a lot of better things I could probably do with my time then playing video games, but for some reason that’s what I chose for my hobby.  I am involved in the Drama department at my high school, and I am currently a lead in the show we are performing.  During my free time I play video games, hang out with friends, and during the winter I snowboard.  Video games in no way control my social life, but they seem to be interfering with my school work.  I have always procrastinated my school work, but I always seemed to get in done before it was due.  Last year however I started just not doing my work, and my grades took a serious toll.  I managed to talk my way into passing all of my classes last year, but my GPA went from a 3.9 to a 3.2.  Over the summer I told myself I would not slack off like I did last year, unfortunately history repeats itself.    
 
Tomorrow is when my first quarter report card comes in the mail, and I am about 95% sure it will be as worse as my grades last year.  My parents will most likely pull out the “we are not mad at you, we are just disappointed” card, and it will take some time for them to trust me again.  As much as I hate to say it, I’m pretty sure that in order to do better in school I need to take away the video games.  So starting tomorrow I will conduct a little experiment.  For the time being I will stop playing games, and see how that changes my life.  By the end of this experiment I hope to see a change in my work ethics, and hopefully a way for me to be able to balance school work and my video game hobby.   

I know I need to actually put effort into this if I want to see a change in my life, and I really don’t know if this is going to be hard.  This is something I feel I need to do in order to grow some reasonability-balls, so we will see how it goes.  I will write about how this experiment is going, and the changes in my life at least once a week, or whenever I‘m board.  Who knows, maybe I will like my life more without video games.  I might end up getting my drivers license, or possibly getting laid… Anyway it is sure to be interesting, and if no one ends up reading this than at least I will have a place to put my feelings.  

See you all next week, or earlier!

Posted by KeganBL

I also forgot to add that if anyone knows of any good books, or comics to read feel free to tell me.

Posted by Little_Socrates

There are thousands of good books out there to read, of course, but it would help if we had a little more information as to what you like to read. As for comics, where do you stand on Marvel vs. DC, and where do you stand on Batman? 
 
Message me privately, and I'll be glad to give you some input. I'm 18 as well, and I graduated high school in June.

Edited by EvilKatarn

I don't play videogames much at all. It's just that when I come home I'm fucking beat from the long day at school and I just wanna sleep, play guitar or fuck around on the internet. Much rather I'd see myself studying instead of watching stupid shit on Youtube. If I spent half the time studying that I spend on the net my grades would be much much better. 
 
Also, sorry for talking about myself on your thread. This is about you, I know.

Edited by KeganBL

So, I have a funny story. It turns out teachers need to submit the grades today, so my report card wont be coming home till about Friday. I will still start my no-video-game-thingy today though. I also found out that I’m at least passing my IB Chemistry class, so that’s good news. Now however I have a three page Economics paper I need to do, so that will be my homework tonight. 
  
In response to Little_Socrates, I have just started reading comics. After watching the Kick-Ass movie I decided to buy the first volume of the comic, proceeded to read it all in one night, and I am currently awaiting the second issue of Kick-Ass 2. I really don’t know a lot about comic books, so I have no biased between Marvel and DC. Batman also seems like a pretty cool character, and if he has some darker comics then please point them out. My friend is currently reading Watchmen and he said he will let me barrow it after he is done. I like reading any genre of book, except I can’t really see myself reading romance books. 
 
I know what you mean EvilKatarn. I had a full time job last summer, and one thing I loved about it is when I got home I was done, I did not have to do any homework. I do all my work when I’m at school, but when I get home I just want to relax, not do more work. Now however I need to do that work in order to pass my classes, so it sucks.

Posted by FunExplosions
@KeganBL: You just mentioned Batman on Giant Bomb. Prepare yourself.
Posted by KeganBL
@FunExplosions: Thats ominous!
Posted by HS21

Good luck have Batman. 

Posted by FluxWaveZ

Stay away from this website if you actually want to pull this "experiment" off.

Posted by hedfone

ugh books

Posted by SuicidalSnowman

Hey Duder, awesome topic.  I had the same problem when I got out of college, a real job plus real life commitments left me less time for games. I stopped playing for about a month, and when I went back, I found I still enjoyed it as much, but missed it less, and it took over less of my life.  I recently did the same thing with the internet that was taking over my life.  Games are great, but they are like any other hobby or activity: you need to moderate it.  So congrats to you for taking this positive step.  My only other bit of preaching is to not sweat stuff too hard in high school.  It only gets harder from here on out, so make sure you take time to enjoy yourself.   Best of luck to you! 
 
As for books, give some more info, and I can help point you in whatever direction you want to go.

Posted by WatanabeKazuma

Good luck with that, with all the games that are being released you're showing some real restraint.

Posted by Walreese55
@KeganBL: Is 1b chem similar to honors chem or ap chem? If it's honors chem and this early in the year, you can't be bitching.
Posted by KeganBL
@brainboy77: IB stands for Internationale Baccalaureate, its basically a college course they offer in high school.  I passed honers chemistry with flying colors :) 
Posted by EvilKatarn
@KeganBL said:
" I know what you mean EvilKatarn. I had a full time job last summer, and one thing I loved about it is when I got home I was done, I did not have to do any homework. I do all my work when I’m at school, but when I get home I just want to relax, not do more work. Now however I need to do that work in order to pass my classes, so it sucks. "
I had a full time job this summer too. It's a lot more rewarding and satisfying than sitting at school for 9 fucking hours, brain beat to a tired pulp and then having to do (ideally) another 9 hours worth of homework. 
When I was working, then after my 8 hours were over I felt free and relaxed. It was so damn incredible. Even when you're sitting around, totally free in the summer, you don't get that feeling. 
 
I'm currently in the 12th grade. Not sure if it's the final year in High School in the US too, but it's a damn lot harder than all the previous years.