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Well, I would suggest that instead of going cold turkey, you just gradually cut down your playing time.

 

 

 

Say, cut off an hour a week.

 

 

 

Get involved in some clubs, arrange to go out with friends, hell, even go through old news archives just to learn some (fairly) recent history.

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Quit runescape. :)

 

 

 

Seriously though do whatever interests you. I don't know how someone could play a little java game for that long, but whatever.

 

 

 

If programming or web design is in interest to you there are tons of free resources and programs out there on the net. (I recomend Notpad++)

 

 

 

Also, I myself am on the PC for a good amount of time this summer (not counting my full time job doing web design). Since I'm at my parents house I really don't know anyone where they live, since I graduated high school somewhere else.

 

 

 

But still I spend time doing other stuff as well (learning 3D modeling atm). Just trying to say that it's not a bad thing if you're on the PC a lot, just make good use of it. If you're bored I find being on the PC much better for you then just mindlessly watching TV.

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if you are old enough, get a part time job. nothing kills computer time like a job (although i'm on my computer constantly and i have a full time job). but if you are in school (i know you said on holiday) and have a job, yeah, your computer time is spent. cold turkey is a good option, if you can do it. just find a hobby. go to a pawn shop and buy old electronics to take apart and try to figure out how they work. go to a pawn shop and buy old electronics to shoot with any form of gun and see how many different pieces you can make. solve a puzzle. get a girlfriend. all of these are reasonable options.

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Look, I was the same way back around 2003, this can be a very addicting game. Don't let it do to you what it did to me, get out there, enjoy life while you're young. Start playing sports, socialize more, you'll miss it when its gone. Keep yourself busy with more productive activities (A job!). Trust me, this game isn't worth that much to you.

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Look, I was the same way back around 2003, this can be a very addicting game.

 

 

 

I have to agree. Normally I wouldn't say the same about other games, or even MMOs (although MMOs do tend to cater to those with addictive personalities) but Runescape really is built from the ground up on being addictive.

 

 

 

The entire idea of the game is simply to get better stats. There is no "high end raiding" to prove your skill. PvP in the game, if it's a suprise, is entirely based off of what stats you have and pretty much nothing at all to do with how you are as a player.

 

 

 

Likewise there really is no lore in the game save for silly quests.

 

 

 

 

 

When I said 'quit runescape" earlier I really did half-way mean it. I mean, hell, I almost can bet you that half of the time you're playing that game you're browsing the web or something else more fun. Then you'll have more time to do productive stuff. :P

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When I said 'quit runescape" earlier I really did half-way mean it. I mean, hell, I almost can bet you that half of the time you're playing that game you're browsing the web or something else more fun. Then you'll have more time to do productive stuff. :P

 

 

 

Yes, lol. Browsing tip.it most of the time. But I don't think it would be as much fun without runescape. It actually feels like you're doing something productive when you're woodcutting while reading tif. Without that tif would probably feel like a waste of time.

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Key word there is "feels". :P

 

 

 

Why not, instead, browse TIF while (as I said before) learning some various stuff like programming? Hell, maybe just get into some better games. Even if it is a better game it probably won't be near as addictive as runescape is and will at least help stimulate your mind a bit more than repetitive clicking.

 

 

 

The idea is to balance your time. Also, it's really only addiction if you feel the need to do it, I.E you give up hanging out with your friends to play computer or something.

 

 

 

Sometimes you are just stuck in a boring situation without anything to do, much like how a lot of my summer is. :lol:

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Depends on what you want to do. Web design, C++, java, ect.

 

 

 

I have experience with Web design and C++ so I could probably point you in the right way for one of those.

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I don't really know what those things are, so it guess it doesn't really matter.

 

C++ and java seem to be some kind of computer language, what are they used for?

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I used to be like that, I didn't really mind though. Of course, once my eyesight dropped drastically, I found it to be a problem...But being me, I didn't stop. I still am kind of like that, just not with RuneScape.

 

So...Try to find something you enjoy, other than RuneScape. I'm sure there's something.

 

I still haven't really found mine yet, I enjoyed playing tennis with my friends for a while, but it got boring after it was a daily activity. I think I could like programming (Being a geek...), so I'll keep my eyes on this thread...

 

Also, try to find more than one thing to do...Instead of playing RuneScape for 6 hours, you'll program for 3 and play for 3? What then...? Mix it up a bit, make it interesting...Hang out with friends one day (Though I understand how you feel about them living far away, I'm in the same position), program another, maybe play RuneScape for a day, do some jobs around the house, etc. Not only can this help you from another addiction (Which would basically defeat the purpose...), it can make things interesting, and maybe you can even find a few things that you like.

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I don't really know what those things are, so it guess it doesn't really matter.

 

C++ and java seem to be some kind of computer language, what are they used for?

 

 

 

C++ and java are both programming languages. C++ is usually used in larger programs, as it's probably one of the "main" languages that most companies use today to create games and programs.

 

 

 

Java is actually what Runescape was coded in, and it's more suited for that kind of game. You know, fairly basic stuff although I'm not really that familiar with Java.

 

 

 

That being said I'm not sure what language you should do first, maybe read up a bit on them and find out which you like.

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I agree with Nadril, doing something productive, even if it is still on the computer is good.

 

 

 

I have had experience with Java, and it is a very versatile language that can be used for many things (Although if you try to make large games or something, it becomes very hard). Heck, our final project last semester in our grade 12 programming class was to create a chat program, and it actually worked! (We created it as a class)

 

 

 

I would probably suggest Java before C++.

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The time required to get decent stats in Runescape makes it pretty addicting, and the fact that you can do other things while playing make it so it doesn't get too boring.

 

 

 

As other people suggested, learning a programming language is a good way to spend your time. You could also pirate a copy of Rosetta Stone and try learning a foreign language, such as German, if you wanted to. (PS. Sorry mods if I'm not allowed to mention pirating here, if so you can edit that out.)

 

 

 

If you want to try programming, I've seen threads before on other forums for first-timers wanting to learn a programming language and the general consensus seemed to be that Python was the best language to learn first. This is second hand though, I've never actually used Python, but I used to know a bit of C++ from when I took a course at school in grade 11 on C++. As for learning a language, there's lots of free websites out there to try, or you could go to a bookstore and buy a book on how to learn, as some people find that easier to learn from a book than trying to learn off of a website. I was planning on learning Python at one point, and picked up and e-Book version of This Book, but I never actually got around to it.

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The programming languages seem pretty interesting, I think I may try to learn one. Python seems good to start out with, the website states you can learn it in a few days.

 

But I still don't really get what you do with them. You can create programs, but what kind of programs? Minesweeper? Word? And if you get good at it, can you actually design programs that you can use yourself?

 

 

 

As for the foreign languages, no thanks :). I was able to stop French, Latin and Greek this year, and I dropped them all. I didn't see what use Latin or Greek had, and French was just plain annoying. I now have German left, that's enough for me.

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One activity I can think of is lock-picking. It can chew up quite a bit of time, and opening a lock by picking is extremely satisfying. PM Trapical if you want anymore info on that stuff.

 

 

 

P.S. Only do this if it's legal to own a picking set in your state/province/whatever.

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If you want a fast way to quit, cancel your membership right before it renews. Sell all your members stuff on the GE and go to non-members. There's so little to do, cold turkey is the next option, and is easier to go for...at least that's how I quit. That and the GE and lack of free trade kindof killed it for me, as I couldn't really do anything I loved, such as group monster hunting...but that's another thread.

 

 

 

Oh, and to the programming issue, I would say learn Java first, and if you still want to, learn C++. Java is based off of C++, but is much easier to learn. I would actually start out with something like Visual Basic or Python (I did VB, simply because there was a class on it in my school). Then you can move up to the more advanced languages.

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2 words: model airplanes. And if they crash, that's not entirely a bad thing, as you'll have yourself quite a time putting it back together. Even is it nose dived. Trust me. This+job+programming=very little time for runescape, so you'll be mostly in the clear.

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But I still don't really get what you do with them. You can create programs, but what kind of programs? Minesweeper? Word? And if you get good at it, can you actually design programs that you can use yourself?

 

Think of the programs you have on your computer, the O/S has a lot of programs on it, like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Calculator, Paint, your anti-virus, basically anything you find on your computer is what you can virtually make. All you need is to be either creative, or find whats in high demand in the public to make some money from it, or just create programs for fun. Creating programs you can use yourself is the beauty of it, but the real feelings come when someone else uses it and enjoys it.

 

 

 

Though I'd learn about the basic hardware of a computer first, and then learn a little about how the internet really works, through routers and cables...etc. It will probably aid you in one way or another if you do really get into programming.

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I quit runescape by giving all my items and money away. Form a drop party for your final fond memories, but just get rid of the items and you have no reason to return :thumbsup:

 

Also get a social life. if your friends live far away, join clubs etc, it also looks good on your CV and job applications :D

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