Be a Pro, Play Longer
Baring nuclear war or possibly an earthquake, there is no reason that you should ever have to put down your game controller. And I think that we will demonstrate that those are pretty lame excuses as well.
The only way to get good at a game is to play it. A lot. For a long time. Don’t worry, you’re not going to ware out your console unless you sit too close to it and manage to spill diet soda on it.
I can already hear you whining some sort of namby-pamby excuses: “But Master, I have to get some sleep, there is a big exam tomorrow.” Do you really believe that your education could possibly be as important as getting to the next level of Grand Theft Auto IV? “Oh Enlightened One, Mom says that supper is on the table and I have to come eat.” Why do you think that the Great Game Designer in the Sky invented Cheetos and diet soda? Cheetos will provide all the nourishment you will ever need, you just have to be sure to lick the nutritious orange stuff off of your fingers. “Learned One, I have been sitting on the couch for three days fighting the good fight in Call of Duty: Black Ops. If I don’t sleep soon I may die!” Suck it up, wimp! If you must step away from the console, go on line and read some diet pill reviews to find ones that will keep you awake!
Spilling soda on your console is one of the few acceptable excuses to shut down a game until you have mastered it. The reaction should go like this: shut off the console, hope any soda on the inside hasn’t eaten any of the console circuitry; remove the game disk and any memory that is accessible; if you think there may be a chance to save the console, get the neighborhood tech geek on the phone and have him come take a look; if not, snag mom’s credit card (she’ll understand it’s an emergency) jump on your bike and get down to the store to get a new console then get your butt back in the chair and start playing some more.
WHATEVER YOU DO… never succumb to the temptation to turn off the TV, go outside, and walk to the library to get a book. Spending time reading books will allow the calluses on your thumbs to soften, and you may never get them back.