OP try to think of it in terms of rates. Playing cod BO will only give you instrumental happiness to a certain level.
Overplaying it (no moderation) will mean that it affects your social life, and that is never good. Try to bite the bitter pill of moderation once in a while. Take a break for a few days, hang out with friends, take a walk outside... these things really do refresh you. I know the temptation to game non-stop, but the happiness achieved by any type of gaming is pretty marginal after a certain amount of time (for me, 4-5 hours).
I'd recommend going out at least once a week if you have a problem with your social life. You'll never know what people or experiences you'll miss if you don't go out.
I have a great social life, a gorgeous fiancée and I play black ops 2 a lot anyway. Usually after work during the week though I've been consciously limiting the time I play so as not to suddenly find myself awake at 4:00am and still playing (which has happened a few times already).
My take on this is a little radical. I am married and To be honest I have had a few arguments over COD playing time with the wife, and I have to say nothing in excess is good for you, even fun stuff. After playing BLOPS 1, I decided to skip COD every other year, and it's working better. I share your love for the game, and I too feel like playing non stop (I'm prestige 9 lvl 39, almost 9 days played). What I liked about skipping a year is that you not only have more time for life itself, but also, as a gamer, you have more time for other games. On a COD year, I just don't play anything else, don't watch too many movies, don't play with other devices, it's just COD day and night. I'm 36 btw
I've felt addicted to games my whole life, probably because my parents pretty much sat me in front of a PS1 when I was around 7 to sort of act as a babysitter. Well, I'll be 23 in July, and I'm still into games. In fact, I sold EVERY game (minus one N64 game) a few months ago to see if I could handle life without gaming.
Having said that...the past few weeks, I mass purchased Gamecube and Wii games, as well as consoles for both.
I don't know about you guys, but I am sort of a perfectionist. I don't know if it's from gaming or what, but my mind thinks in black and white, never a gray area. What I mean is, I have an all or nothing mentality. If I didn't play a game for a while, I'd want to sell it. And if I go shopping for clothes, I buy everything I need at once, not just one thing.
My point is, one of my weaknesses has been finding that healthy moderation. That I can enjoy games AND go out from time to time, and still exercise and eat healthy and enjoy life.
I don't know if this fits the bill for anyone, but I've found myself taking extremes. Remember, most things in moderation are perfectly fine. Just make sure what you do has a purpose and you do it in accordance with your priorities.
Sounds to me like you just want a GF... That's easily fixed just got to get outside and not be afraid to strike out every now and then. Games are for fun, I play rather than just veg out all day and watch TV when I've got nothing to do. Hell if you're lucky like me you'll find a GF that will feed your "addiction".
"Dont blame me, blame yourself or your God!!" -Delita(Final Fantasy Tactics)
The bottom line is, Xbox friends are not the same as real friends. Being good at videogames is NOT a turn on for women. I can only hope you realize these facts sooner rather than later. I've been on Xbox live longer than most(8-9years) and believe me when I tell you, don't take your real life friends/girlfriend for granted. Gaming is supposed to be a hobby, not your life. Play a couple hours a night during the week and actually go out on Friday/Saturday night. That's what I do and it's cool with the fiancé. Happy wife=happy life.
Before you comment on one of my posts, please research the Dunning-Kruger effect and really think about what you're about to write.