I used to be addicted to WoW and I healed myself by using the parental controls to block at one 30-minute slot every 4 hours. It was great.

I have a new game addiction now, on Steam, and it turns out Steam has no parental controls. Boo.

Here's my wishlist:

  • I don't want to be able to play the game between 12:30 AM and 8:30 AM.

  • I don't want to be able to play the game for longer than 3 hours without a short (but not too short) break.

I play single-player, so network blocking is ineffective.

I prefer if I'm able to block only the target executable, but a system-wide block is an acceptable workaround.

Vaguely related: Block self from reopening timewasting sites for X minutes after they were closed

  • which OS do you use?
    – user27939
    Dec 8 '16 at 10:29
  • @Peter Windows 10.
    – Ekevoo
    Dec 8 '16 at 21:23
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    Steam has a "family mode" that restricts access to certain games or features, but I don't think its able to block based on time of day or duration of play. I found a link to getcoldturkey.com in a year old reddit discussing this. It looks like it fits the bill, but its not free.
    – trooper
    Dec 9 '16 at 18:57
  • @trooper The price isn't bad. I may actually buy it. The addiction is costing me more than that in subjective ways.
    – Ekevoo
    Dec 9 '16 at 22:03

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