I started smoking at the age of sixteen. For roughly ten years I considered myself a “pack a day guy”. Being the avid gamer I am, I applied concepts from some of the games I played to help me quit smoking “cold turkey”. Let me make it very clear that I loved to smoke, and the decision to quit was not a whimsical one made from some fluffy impulse to suddenly care about being healthy again.
Playing Coop Makes the Mission Easier
I had never considered quitting cigarettes. I was so used to using cigarettes as an excuse to step outside the house “for some fresh air”, or to take a break from whatever project I was working on, or something to do while on break at my job. When my friend found out that she was expecting, she wanted to quit smoking for the sake of her child. I had no idea her sharing this info with me was going to turn into an undeniable invite to a coop game. I was a bit reluctant, but then I began to imagine the bounty this quest offered. If successful, I thought to myself, I would loot an extra $165 a month, which was previously being depleted by my vice. Not to mention I would be helping a friend gain an achievement and as a bonus we would receive an increase in our vitality stats, as well. I accepted her invite.
Defeating the Temptation Fiends
This was a difficult enemy for me to overcome, at first. They like to strike at any moment and usually did, for example, usually when I was most vulnerable like sitting idled feeling bored without anything to do. The fiends used trickery and deceit to gain mind control over me, which tricked me to go buy “just one more pack”, and let’s just say I had to hit the “reset” button a few times. Each time I battled I gained experience though, and learned temptation’s pattern and became ever more tactful in how I countered their attacks. I realized to defeat temptation’s mind control attack I just had to boost my willpower by engaging in activities that required my undivided attention/focus, like playing a sport, painting a room in the house, working out at a gym, learning to play an instrument, etc. I began learning how to play the acoustic guitar.
A Glorious Win Streak
I would have to say defeating those temptation fiends took quite a toll on me the first few days, because my willpower was still at such a low level. I found myself raging like a whiny noob when the fiends attacked me when I wasn’t ready, but I carried on anyway I could. For the first couple weeks every day was filled with epic battles between temptation and I but as my daily win streak stats continued to increase, the battles became easier and easier. As days turned into weeks and weeks into months the battles became less epic. In fact, the battles became so far few and in between on a weekly basis, and temptation had become so easy to defeat, that I found myself no longer focusing on those fiends anymore. Two years and counting, my win streak is still going strong, and the cigarette temptation fiends are no longer a match for me.