Why I quit PC gaming, and why I’m back 20 years later

I have just purchased a new PC (which was a horrifyingly challenging process in and of itself) and I can’t believe how much things have changed. My desktop has a glass panel and glows all the colours of the rainbow (the keyboard and mouse do the same). The keyboard has two USB ports and two audio jacks. I’ve no idea what they’re all for! What has been going on while I’ve been away?

I was — and always would be — a PC gamer

Around 1998, I spent £1300 on a PC and it was the absolute best thing I could afford. It was a big black box with some speakers…


A simple guide to getting your loved ones to share in your awesome hobby

Ihave been a video gamer for my whole life, and for pretty much that entire time, I’ve struggled to get my friends and family to join me in my favourite pastime.

Just look at this image for a moment. How many times has that situation ever happened outside of a stock photography shoot? Forget the practicalities, like what are those controllers and why is there a football in the lounge. Just look at their faces. Look how happy they are.


In these crazy times, how can small business owners achieve their goals?

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2020’s done. Finished with. Over. But sadly there was no magic switch sending everything back to ‘normal’ then the clock hit midnight. It would be easy to think, in the current climate, what’s the point of setting goals for 2021 when we still have no idea what is around the corner.

I certainly had goals for 2020 and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the plan I set out this time last year did not work out exactly as I expected.

However, I can say that I ended up almost exactly where I wanted to, even though it…


Why your ‘why’ might be the wrong ‘why’

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It seems you can’t have a conversation with a business coach these days without the discussion coming around to your ‘Why’. When running a small business it can feel like a question that is the luxury of bigger businesses and frankly it gets in the way of some practical, actionable learnings that will help a business progress.

Simon Sinek popularised the term in his book ‘Find your why’, stating that your ‘Why’ should be the driving force behind everything you do. It should be your conviction, your vision and give you absolute…


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Life seems to boil down to a series of difficult decisions that, when looked back on, either prove successful or leave you with regret for a choice not made or a path not taken.

In the past month I have made one of the most difficult choices of my working life; to continue with something fine or to strive for something great. To accept ‘good enough’ or shoot for something better.

Eleven years ago I made the decision to start a new business during one of the most challenging times we’d seen (up until then!). The banking crisis had caused…

James Adam

Marketing strategist, agency owner, father, video gamer and general geek. Co-host of the Game Together Podcast.

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