My Stop Smoking Coach with Allen Carr
Allan Carr wants your soul.
I never liked 'self-help' products, but having been fighting cigarette addiction for so long, I was desperate to try anything. I saw this game and thought, "Well why not. A gaming format of a self-help guide could be useful. You play a game, and are rewarded by facts and advice to help quit." And at first I didn't mind it. The coach I chosen had some interesting facts on smoking, and the mini-games (which feature absolutely adorable little mascots), were surprisingly well made and kinda creative, more so then I expected. But where this started faulting is a little after the first few games you play. These games are cute, but they're supposed to be metaphors of the problems that smoking causes in social or everyday situations. But whatever metaphor you guess from playing it will be much better and logical than the metaphors the coaches hit you with after you beaten a game. They will make you say "Wait, what?". They are weird and needlessly convoluted, almost as if the coaches have never seen a real smoker before. E.g. There are passive aggressive attempts at explaining that smoking is socially detested and that EVERYONE hates being near a smoker. In my years of smoking though, this has rarely been the case. Also, after every "chapter", a coach will run through all the points you have learned, will sum them up, and then say something like "Do you agree that smoking causes so-and-so, and that it is causing so-and-so problems?" and then tells you to sign a contract saying you fully agree. This wouldn't be so bad, I get the idea. But every time they do it, it seems convoluted and not in line with the facts that have been summed up. After the first few times, I sincerely felt creeped out by these segments, it was as if they were trying to tell me how to think and that I was supposed to just agree and everything would be better, Instead of teaching me the facts about the effects smoking has on your body and mind and giving me tips on how to fight it. What little facts it did give I liked a lot, but there wasn't enough of them, and you have to play the mini-games over and over again to be tea-spoon fed them in between lame convoluted metaphors and passive aggressive ideal projection and constant contract signing. In closing, the mascots were cute and lovable, the games were surprisingly fun (until they were repeated ad-nauseum), and the facts were great. But there wasn't enough facts, just a lot of pretentious and passive aggressive coaches trying to shove their flawed ideals on me and the contract sighing really turned me off to this. Maybe it will work for you, but for me I found no solace, and am just happy I got out with my soul intact.
It Actually Works
While browsing through 3 different GameStop locations (actually make that 5), I kept coming across this game like it was a sign or something. I've been smoking for 12 years by this time and have been playing with the idea of quitting. When I got to the 5th location I just broke down and bought it thinking "if this game doesn't help me stop I can always sell it back to them." I've tried other methods like the Patch, cold turkey, and replacing the urge with something else (I gained 65lbs). Well it been 7 months and still no cigarette and I lost 60lbs. This game gives you stories from people who have read Allen Carr's book's and played the game also. I thought to myself "this is all fake." The more I read the more interested I got in what was being said, and the best part about it is the mini games. You have to fill out a little profile about yourself which gets put into the game to help you understand your way of thinking.Then you have to level up with little tidbit of what you learned about yourself and the affects of smoking. While playing I kept thinking "THIS GAME DOES NOT WORK!!!!!" Then realized it's been 2 months since my last cigarette. I'M CURED!!! Try it and judge for yourself.