Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro Gamers

July 8, 2011 -

While professional video game players don't have the equivalent of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids, pro medical marijuana publication Culture Magazine thinks that many use Marijuana to enhance their abilities prior to tournament play. The publication cites a comment made by Alex Walker, the Australian World Cyber Games tournament director, to game publication GamePlayer.

"I’ve seen a number of players at national tournaments who came in ‘baked’ purely so they could play better," said Alex Walker, the Australian World Cyber Games tournament director, in a recent interview with Gameplayer.

Culture Magazine also cites a one year study conducted by the Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands. The study tested the effects of gaming and cannabis on the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Participants were tested by playing games each day, but half of the group was also given Marijuana. The marijuana test group scored 43 percent better memory retention than the control group during the study.

"It was a far greater benefit to the marijuana-administered group than we could have imagined," said test organizer Ewoud Joost.

Culture Magazine also pointed out that the Neurobiology of Aging journal published research showing that THC-related compounds reduce brain inflammation, improve memory retention and promote new brain cell growth in older rats.

"We were shocked and surprised that it worked," said Dr. Gary Wenk, one of the authors. "The most amazing thing we saw was that it re-initiates neurogenesis."

They also offer their own list of games that you should play "while you are baked" within the article and point out that a recent COED magazine article "12 Jobs You’ll Do Better While Stoned" offered "Video Game Tester" as a choice. "On the list of awesome things to do while stoned, right next to listening to music, is playing video games,” said the article. “Plus, since most of the people playing the game you’re testing are going to play it with a joint in their mouths; it’s really the only responsible course of action."

We get that Culture Magazine advocates for the use of medical Marijuana, and therefore promotes any story that is related to the positive effects in everyday life. Nevertheless, I highly doubt that a majority of pro gamers smoke marijuana before matches. Chances are it is a violation of most league rules.

Editor's note: GamePolitics does not promote or condone the use of Marijuana.

Source: Culture Magazine  

 


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Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

They're kidding, right? Seriously?

Someone needs to watch a LAN party going down. There may be potheads present, but you're going to find waaaaaaaay more empty cans of Monster than burnt out joints.

And as for enhancing performance, I doubt it in most cases. If people want to show up to a tournament stoned, let them. They'll pay the consequences: getting their asses kicked in the first round.

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I do not think Marijuana does what they think it does...

Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

Marijuana is a depressent, usually causing your reaction time to increase, and make decisions you would otherwise not make.  Unless its a game where you push one button over and over again, I would think using marijuana would make it more difficult to game at a professional level.

Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

I'm really skeptical about this one.  I very much doubt that Daigo would have been able to do that epic 3rd Strike parry job if he was high.  And the twitch reflexes of high-APM StarCraft players don't seem like pot would do any good.  

Not convinced until real data showing a correlation of win-to-stoned stats in high level play. Anecdotal statements like "I’ve seen a number of players at national tournaments " don't fly.

I would love to see a controlled, well-implemented experiment on this.

Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

So, do the ones that come in baked usually win the tournaments? Having been a tester, I can't see how being stoned would have helped me catch bugs or come up with more creative ways of breaking the game. But, not everyone is the same, some people do focus better while being baked. 

 

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Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

I understand taking the stance that GamePolitics does not promote the use of Marijuana, but does not condone seems like an unnecessary statement to make.

Is it the stance of GP that marijuana use is morally wrong?  Do you really stand against it?

Seems more appropriate that you would not take a stance on this at all. 

Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

Yeah, the addition of "condone" was strange. Perhaps "GP does not condone breaking the law" would fit better, but that's a given.

Re: Culture Magazine Highlights Marijuana Usage of Pro ...

More are taking drugs like ridalin and other substitutes that would allow you to focus better.  Weed might help you focus on the game, but will most likely kill your teamwork/strategy effort.  Either way, gamers can always get FPSbrain instead.

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