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I am sorry if this is in the wrong place, but this I need help with:

 

My Name is Adrian ( not real name) and I am a gaming perfectionist. I started hunting in 2014, and I went for 100% a few years later resulting in hours wasted playing the games trying multiple times, thus creating multiple profiles on both PlayStation and Xbox 360. I have burned out enough that I turn my system on and never play and friends have been lost as well in the process. Has this happened to anyone or any tips to stop hunting altogether, I have a few handhelds any thoughts would help. Thanks

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Hunting trophies shouldn’t be a chore. If you are trophy hunting as an obligation or because you are worried about what others think, then you aren’t a trophy hunter, in my opinion.

We are trophy hunters, because we love collecting trophies. It gives us a special satisfaction, although we are aware that they have no real value. Trophies are only valuable, if you enjoyed getting them. Otherwise, there’s no real reason to collect them.

Why don’t you turn trophy notifications off, so that you can start forgetting about trophies? You can even make your profile private, if you are worried about others seeing your completion percentage or what types of games you play.

Just play games the way you enjoy and as long as you are enjoying them. When you feel it’s enough, then stop. Nothing and no-one can ask you to do more than that. It’s just a hobby, so nothing very serious.

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I would advise canning the trophy hunt if it starts to feel like work. Your hobby should not feel like work. If this is asking for advice on how to continue gaming beyond some sort of trophy hunting obsession, then I would advise buying a Switch or Xbox One or whatever platform there is that have no achievement system or one you would really care about. Play games on that for a while to remind you why you still even buy gaming machines in the first place. If that's not an option, then just purposely let your completion percentage on here tank. I started out trying to 100% all of my games, but I finally said screw it and now I'm not even 50% completion, but at least I'm happy with what I play (though, I own multiple systems, so I do play on other platforms where I don't really hunt for achievements, so it's easier for me I guess to come back from orbit after putting 130 hours into Persona 5 for a platinum trophy or grinding something else).

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Well, Not-Adrian, I am Dylan (not my real name either, actually it is, never mind), and I never got into 100%ing, well I did have a 100% account but thankfully some DLC came along in a game and I got over it after 15 or so plats nice and early, but anyway, I did get into trophies on the whole and have long since got over them.

 

The secret? Got flagged for a game. Got taken off the leaderboards. 

 

Seriously. Once I didn't have all the tracking and stuff available I lost interest slowly, before long, trophies all together seemed as worthless to me as they once did many years ago. You don't have to get flagged, but you should aim for the same outcome.

 

. Delete your account on this site / any other tracker

. Turn off trophy notifications on your PlayStation

. Make sure the next game you give money to is a game you actually want to play

 

And keep at that for a good while. Pretty simple stuff.

 

Failing that, buy a Switch or only play pre-PS3 gen games without trophies. If you don't feel compelled to 100% every one of them you play, good, it means you just had a silly compulsion / addiction / whatever to the trophies and removing them from your life. If you still feel compelled to 100% the lot, then well, you must just enjoy finishing games, which isn't a problem in itself, only if you let it overwhelm all your free time.

 

In any case, you'll know if you love 100%ing games, or love trophies. And when you figure out which one makes your brain do a backflip, you can take it from there in terms of beating it.

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Hey Adrian!

 

I too am a gaming perfectionist, and in order to control my OCD, I made another profile to just play games for fun. Trophy hunting itself is fun to me and getting the platinum/100% is a rewarding experience. Every now and then I feel the same burnout, so I would take a break and play on my other profile and not worry about trophies (thank Blizzard for Overwatch). This would last for maybe a couple of months before I would feel re-energized to trophy hunt again. If you really want to, you can see my stats and see how my progress kind of ebbs and flows. If you wanted to quit, I’d go with the advice the people above me have posted and play games for fun. Good luck on quitting (or controlling) your addiction!

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7 hours ago, NPCNoob said:

I am sorry if this is in the wrong place, but this I need help with:

 

My Name is Adrian ( not real name) and I am a gaming perfectionist. I started hunting in 2014, and I went for 100% a few years later resulting in hours wasted playing the games trying multiple times, thus creating multiple profiles on both PlayStation and Xbox 360. I have burned out enough that I turn my system on and never play and friends have been lost as well in the process. Has this happened to anyone or any tips to stop hunting altogether, I have a few handhelds any thoughts would help. Thanks

I have a few questions :

how many hours in a given day or week do you spend on video games?...

do you have any other hobbies?...

what is your current life situation in terms of family, work, school, etc.?...

have you been diagnosed with any type of mental disability?...

 

it's hard to give any kind of advice since it's quite possible that your seeming video game/trophy hunting addiction (for lack of a better term) might very well be a symptom of a larger problem...the solution might have nothing to do with tips on how to hunt trophies or not...to me, lost friendships in particular indicate something a little more serious than just gaming perfectionism or unskillful trophy hunting...two cents...

 

 

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Being a completionist and/or perfectionist will just make you miserable sooner or later. 

 

I don’t understand people who feel they have to 100 percent every single game they have. Even on games that they know are out of their league because they’re either very difficult or they involve a lot of grinding/commitment. 

 

I will never 100 percent Uncharted 2 or Uncharted 3 on the PS3. Having to boost for upwards of 200 - 300+ hours for those multiplayer trophies is not something I’m going to waste my time on. 

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Am actually on my 6th account. The problem is I want a 100% acc with not too many 90%+ platinum. But soon enough I end up adding a game I cannot 100%.

So am always starting over. 

During last week a made another acc and made it premium so I don't fuck this one up.

Trophies are the only reason I play anyways and I don't really socialise. 

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It seems as though you need to put gaming into context.

 

I love gaming, look forward to it but it doesn't get in the way of family, work, friends, gym, running etc. Gaming for me is at the end of the day when everything else is done because that is where it should lie as a priority.

 

If you've lost friends because of it then you need to take a step back, leave gaming altogether and rebuild what you've lost or in danger of losing.

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