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High Scores: Why Video Games Are Better With Cannabis

Super Smash Brothers, Majora's Mask, Call of Duty - whatever video game you're into, you're probably extra into it after getting high. And according to Ben Parr, author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention, there's a physiological reason for the codependent relationship between weed and gaming.

Parr tells The Cannabist, "great video games take their audiences through these three stages of attention":

1) immediate attention: compelling visuals or characters or graphics/music that compel you to watch and listen.

2) individual attention: designing a dungeon or a level that gives players the right balance of effort and achievement.

3) long-term attention: creating a franchise in multiple games.

As if games engaging these stages of attention weren't habit-forming enough, cannabis enhances the very same pleasure centers and risk-reward triggers, explaining their compatibility.

But not all game/weed combos are created equally. According to Parr, marijuana goes well with intensive puzzle games, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but it might not work with "heavily mathematical" games.

"Most of the time marijuana goes well with games, but it depends on the game. I personally wouldn't try to do Portal extremely high."

Gamers who've smoked a joint reap the same benefits cannabis offers to some athletes. Research has shown cannabis can improve concentration, reduce anxiety, allow better performance under pressure, and alleviate stress during competition (which could help those prone to Rage Quitting.)

According to Motherboard, "studies have shown marijuana enhances both the mind and the body, giving the user an unfair advantage."

So basically, cannabis can give you superpowers - in the imaginary video-game world. But you may need some real-life superpowers to catch up with Real Life after a spliff-fuelled lost weekend of Dota 2 or WoW.

h/t Motherboard, The Cannabist


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