Over the last year, I’ve found myself sitting at my iPad playing a silly cooking computer game. I must say please join computer games with caution. Don’t get into a trap of letting them control your life. I think that because it involved cooking I might have fun at it. I did. However, I would find myself ignoring my work… I work from home. I ignored many of my favorite things, photography, writing, cooking and my relationship with my husband. I had to make sure that everywhere I went had wi-fi. Not so I could do my work, but so I could play the damn game.
The game I started is called Star Chef. It really is a well-programmed game and I’m sure many people can play it without obsession. I do have to say that I have a great deal of respect for the developers and the quality in which they present the game. That may be part of why I fell in love with it and played way too often. Maybe that is a sideways compliment. The game has continued to grow in features that keep you intrigued.
In the early days, I remember one night that I took my iPad with me to a social event only so I could play the game. It was a very big purse. My husband wanted us to get out a make friends and do more fun things. I couldn’t leave the game home and alone. There were certain goals with the game and I felt that I HAD to achieve them. I took my iPad with me and hid away to play several times that night. Was this a part of obsessive-compulsive? I don’t know but I didn’t like the person I was becoming.
Gradually after a year, I was able to get back on track with my life and am so thankful it doesn’t control my life anymore. I’ve weaned myself off so that I don’t play it non-stop. Part of the game is to friend other players who will help you. I do go into the game once a night now to give out give out gifts. If I can’t play each night it no longer bothers me. I no longer feel that I have to get up in the middle of the night to cook more goodies so I can reach the next level or fill my catering truck I no longer care if I jump to the next level.
Today, all I do is go in and send out a few perks to those who chef-friended me and then close down the game. It gives me a pleasure to do this…. which is still probably obsessive compulsive. Will I ever quit playing? Who knows?
As a credit to Star Chef… it is a fantastic game. Not everyone becomes obsessed. Just like not everyone is an addicted gambler or drinker. Have fun but recognize if you’re going overboard.