How This Gaming Addict Turned His Life Around | [MASHABLE ORIGINALS]


(woman laughs)
I love designing games
because I can make it
how I want it to move.
So is this what you coded over here?
Yeah, so when you set up and it begins
this is what it creates.
Oh, nice.
I’m amazed of how much work
and effort goes into it
but how,
how wonderful it is.
I was addicted to video games.
I’m working on that addiction,
on how to control it,
and knowing how to make
it into something good.
Like coding.
That’s phenomenal.
It makes you want more.
It’s,
it’s kind of like with nicotine
and it, you have to, it’s tough,
because every time you go on it just grows
until a point where
that’s all you think of.
And that’s why it’s,
that’s why it’s tough to get,
to not play it as much.
There’s days I look back
and it’s like,
it’s almost like a
dream, it’s almost like a
catastrophe that’s occurred
and you’re looking back at it
and you’re amazed that you got through it.
I’ve been bullied since kindergarten.
Like any chance they could,
they would just bully me.
They’d bully me because
of my medical condition.
They called me “infected”
because I had kidney disease,
and they didn’t wanna be around me,
and it just became,
one point it became unbearable.
About six years old,
Sean started playing the Xbox.
It was a lifesaver for me
when you’re having to balance
cooking, and cleaning,
and working, juggling all of that
to have this technology
entertaining your child.
I slowly learned about multiplayer.
I just couldn’t believe I was
playing with other kids.
I couldn’t play sports,
I couldn’t be running ’cause I’m not fast,
I couldn’t do a lot that they did.
When I could beat the kids at multiplayer,
that became like a different thing
where I was achieving something.
I was happy and I was
also achieving things.
I was beating my bullies.
I felt like an outcast almost.
At school.
And I felt like
nobody really liked me.
And then when I went
into the virtual world,
it just became
almost like visiting a different planet.
I was just amazed
of how different things were.
If someone was saying stuff,
I could just get out of the game,
join a different server, a different game.
I had the control to do different things.
I had the control to not be bullied,
to have happiness where
things were nice.
It was
a castle in a cloud, a
castle made of candy,
it was a happy place almost.
So I started playing it all the time.
Sneaking it.
I used my iPad to play it,
I was sneaking it all the time.
The other kids were playing it,
and they could see that
I was better than them.
I don’t wanna lose, I
don’t want them to beat me.
I had to keep the score
to one point when I was sneaking
in the middle of the night
because then I could
just catch up over night.
And one night he tripped over the router.
Three o’clock in the
morning on a school night
and he’s trying to plug the router in
to get games.
I took away the iPad,
and then he went onto my computer.
When I shut that down and locked it,
he went onto my phone.
So every time I would
set up another barrier,
he would go down another path.
I snuck it about 10, 12 times a day.
And one point I was doing
it during tests and quizzes.
I figured out ways how to sneak it
and then switch back.
And even though I was,
like, getting caught,
I kept doing it, ’cause I
kept wanting that sense of
I’m winning, and even
if I would just have it
for like a few seconds,
it was still that sense of
I am winning.
With the video games,
he led me to believe
I’m doing my homework,
I’m doing my schoolwork.
And he was historically
an overachieving student.
He graduated with the
Presidential Academic
Achievement award just last year
and it wasn’t until I
got his final report card
and he had a D- in math.
I was devastated, it was like
someone dropped a bomb on me.
Like how did this happen,
how did this downhill spiral happen
and happen so quickly?
The last day of school when
I reviewed all of his grades
and got the report card,
I pulled out all the technology.
My skin was crawling,
I just, I had to get back on
to have that feeling again.
I started to get all stressed
and I started to get anxiety and
it just started to build up and build up.
He was constantly scratching himself.
He was having these tantrums.
Everything was a fight.
I had never seen anything like that.
By day five, he was just
beyond impossible.
He was hitting himself at one point,
just hitting his arm.
I just couldn’t handle it anymore.
And then I ran away.
He’s gone out in the middle of the night.
Someone’s picking up,
I’m thinking the worst.
He’s been duct taped, put into a cage,
and he’s gonna be, you know,
worse than death.
And he was a few blocks over hiding in
a neighbor’s shed.
All I remember was holding him.
If I could go into a
virtual world with him,
if I could go into his virtual
place where we’re safe, I.
The first thing I did was
get him immediate help
and I sent him
to Camp Poconos.
They have a program for
internet addiction, video game addiction.
We learned how to control time on tech.
We play out skits of to do
if and when we’re bullied.
And then we just do fun activities.
How to live a happier life.
While he was away,
I did a lot of research.
There wasn’t a lot out there,
yet there were folks starting,
trying to understand this.
My goal was to get him the
help to understand this.
So how do we change this?
If he enjoys technology,
how do we flip the pancake?
One point, one of his
teacher’s reached out,
they set him up for an
elective which was coding.
How do we handle this and
how do we handle tech?
My first reaction was, well
you need to feed the beast,
but you need to feed it
in a productive manner.
He has this craving and this
enjoyment and this desire
to be in the tech field.
Feed it in a productive manner.
And my feeling was, let’s
get him into coding.
Let’s get him behind
the scenes of computer
and if enjoys it that much,
maybe he’ll decide to design a game
and go down that path.
He started doing that.
When he comes to me and
says, “Mom, can I show you
the latest thing,” that’s the good stuff.
Since coding started,
so it began trimester,
And we learned, she
tought us the basics like,
how to make variables.
And this is measure 12, to measure 15.
The background’s gonna
change to electronic.
If you’re making your own
you can make it however you want it.
I can make games that
other people can play
and other people enjoy.
Yeah in coding class we had a challenge
and the dance party and then
it was me versus another kid
and then the class voted for
which one they liked better.
And I won, it felt pretty good.
Then after 44.
♪ She like to move it, move it ♪
♪ He like to move it, move it ♪
♪ We like to move it ♪
It would change to nothing,
’cause then it fades out.

22 comments

  1. This seems familiar ? Is this a reupload? Plus gaming addict ? Click bait ? You are begging to be down voted

  2. Reuploaded the same video from last week because of the negative respond of a kid not getting parental care? Time to unsub

  3. This is not gaming addiction, he's just playing games for a bit longer than normal.
    Actual gaming addiction makes him unable to remember to eat and wash himself.
    In Korea, people are diagnosed as addicted to games, once they lose control of their live, not lose control of time.

  4. Strange because I was the same way, but my parents supported me and decided to look for classes I could take that dealt with gaming. I'm now taking a Gaming development class, and I now spend more of my time learning development of games than I play games now. Weird.

  5. It's bit more credited if an adult in maybe earlier 20 or 30 but this is a child clearly an intelligent one but a child none the less that can be easily manipulated to say anything if prodded enough. Want your kids to not be addicted to games don't buy them games or crazy thought play with your actual kids so you can better manage how they play video games 😂

  6. i used to do the same thing when i was a kid and i still play tons of games till way late in the morning. i also have a full time job that makes tons of money, a 5000 sq foot house and own a brand new camaro. and guess what im happy, thats not to bad in my book. unless you want him to become a "doctor" or "lawyer" and scam people for a living till hes blue in the face and dies from a brain hemorrhage from the stress it causes. let the kid play his games. who knows he might learn how to type without you paying for it.

  7. You can get “addicted” to literally anything. It’s the behavior itself, not the thing you get addicted to, unless it’s in the case of chemicals. The reason this kid relied on only gaming is because he felt it was the only way he could safely interact with other kids. It’s a mental health crisis, like the gun violence issue.

  8. “It’s kinda like nicotine”

    Nicotine: Something that ruins your life

    Video games to us: Something that actually helps our life depending what game you’re playing

    Video games to buzzfeed and mashable: The literal spawn of Satan

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