|Someone might have a direct answer but one way is to never sign into an organization who uses it (including MS). I've no cloud access on my Win 8.1 but that is because I am happy to do without it. As you are a gamer that sort of approach might prove restrictive.|
MS tried to fool you into thinking you needed to sign in to them to obtain the Win 8 to Win 8.1 update, but if you trod carefully there was actually no need to.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks