Marijuana’s positive effects on your Xbox play is no game theory

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By David Jenison

Are video game competitors taking steroids to enhance their performance? Well, not exactly. They aren’t sticking needles in their butts, but many of them will smoke cannabis before a tournament.
“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. They clearly thought it improved their game, and Walker had to agree. Still, cannabis’ influence on better play is hardly a trade secret.
COED magazine published “12 Jobs You’ll Do Better While Stoned,” and Video Game Tester made the list. “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.”
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