We're all a little bit addicted to video games. If we weren't, we wouldn't be on this site. But no matter how much we love to play, or how addictive the latest release is, sometimes there's a few signs you might need to take a break
10 Hilarious Signs You Might Be Gaming Too Much
Now I'm not medical professional, but If you recognize at least five of these signs in yourself, you might want to talk to your doctor, and I don't mean Dr. Mario or the malpractice suit waiting to happen that is the Surgeon Simulator doctor.
1. You Keep Playing When You Close Your Eyes
Every time you try to sleep you find yourself playing through every scenario, puzzle or arrangement of objects that's been baffling you back in the world of #VideoGames. This one's especially dangerous for all us puzzle game fans, there's even a name for it: The Tetris Effect.
2. Your Thumb Has Reshaped Itself To Your Analog Stick
Thankfully, with the softer, gentler analog sticks of consoles these days, this isn't as big a danger as it used to be. #N64 owners can recall the brutal damage that the console's controller could do to a thumb. I think after a few intense sessions of Mario Party my thumbprint actually changed into a bunch of concentric circles with the words "I HATE MY FRIENDS" written in the middle.
3. You Seriously Consider Stealing A Car To Get Down The Road
Is the local pizza place a 10 minute walk? Well it'd be a lot shorter if you just hopped in that Porsche someone's left parked on the sidewalk. They'll definitely have left it unlocked with the keys inside, that's what everyone does in #GTA5, right?
4. You Bunny Hop And Strafe Everywhere
When your valiant attempt to steal a car fails because it turns out regular people don't just let you get take their stuff, you're forced to go on foot. Of course, you know walking in a straight line is for chumps, and the real way to get somewhere fast is a combination of diagonally strafing and bunnyhopping to build momentum.
5. You Keep Trying To Glitch Past Things You Don't Want To Do
That awkward dinner with your partner's parents just doesn't seem to go away no matter how many times you try and walk into the corner of the restaurant at juuuuust the right angle to glitch through the world.
6. You Evaluate Every Decision Based On The Morality Points It'll Give You
Your friends are going to start to get really frustrated when you're constantly demanding payment for everything and interrupting people by hitting them in the face because you're doing a Renegade run this week.
7. You Keep Scanning Your Surroundings For Collectibles
Every time you find a feather on the ground or spot a flag in a high place there's just that one moment or two where you try and figure out the best way to parkour up there and grab it for the achievement. Sometimes you get all the way to the building before remembering you can't do a chin up, let alone scale the side of a building.
8. Waist High Objects Make You Nervous
Every time you see a group of low desks, crates or waist high walls you tense up because you just know there's going to be an action set-piece coming up. Then you remember you're in a children's playground and should probably stop crouching behind the see-saw before someone gets the wrong idea.
9. Real Life Objects Now Show Up In Your HUD
Every time you go to use your laptop these days, there's a little white glow around it. Don't even get me started on how annoying it is trying to catch up with The Flash when the aiming reticule keeps getting in the way.
10. You Refer To Your Friends As NPC Companions
Everyone's talking about having an intervention, especially after noticing how impatient you're getting that they weren't offering you any loyalty quests no matter how many gifts you gave them.
Of course, if you don't notice any of these signs, you're totally free to indulge yourself by taking your #Switch everywhere with you.
Have you ever played so long you started to think like you were gaming in real life? Got your own hilarious story of gaming too hard? Let us know in the comments!