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How do I limit my gaming?

I'm under a lot of pressure from my parents in regard to the amount of time I spend on video games and I don't blame them, I do intend to spend my time on a lot more productive matters. I've read some suggestions on how my gaming time can be reduced but I'm afraid such attempts will be futile in my case since I don't have my parents monitoring me every moment, I could go to many lengths just to play a game and I don't think twice about whether or not I'm actually enjoying the game especially when I have a number of games installed. So I was thinking if there was any application that would let us assign the amount of gaming time we spend every week and quits/prevents us from launching the game beyond that time. Even if it doesn't help me, I would like to check it out.

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Whatever you put in place, you'll just bypass. You might have to just man-up and control yourself a bit. –  Cylindric May 16 '12 at 14:28
    
There is no substitute for self control. However, it's a difficult habit to learn. The best thing to do is to incentivise yourself however best suits you. –  fredley May 16 '12 at 14:39
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Related: How do I limit my gaming? –  Oak May 16 '12 at 14:39
    
appreciate your suggestion and I will keep that in mind (in fact I just uninstalled a game), however I'd like to see if an application would be even remotely effective. –  warun May 16 '12 at 14:42
    
I did check out the other question before asking this one but I was looking for an application that could do the job for me. –  warun May 16 '12 at 14:44
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If you're doing PC games, you might have some luck with Workrave. I used it a lot when my RSI would flare up at work. It's probably less useful for gaming, but if you play turn-based games or any game where you can pause infinitely by simply not doing anything, it'll at least make you take breaks.

You will be most interested in the "daily limit" settings than the micro-breaks and rest-breaks.

As of note you can generally bypass whatever you set, but you can set the system to lock the keyboard to enforce typing breaks. That's probably a bit drastic, though.

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thanks but I was being specific about an app that force quits the game rather than giving me a break. –  warun May 16 '12 at 14:46
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If you're looking for a 'Force Quit' solution, may i suggest:

Alt + Ctrl + Del > End Task

Alt + F4

Ctrl + Q

CPU Reset Button

Else, I don't think there are any applications that would hook onto your game and forcibly quit it.

Also, if all else fails, ask your parents to trip the entire house's power supply. I hear that usually works.

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