Dude, what? The U.S. Drug Czar's office has declared that smoking marijuana compromises your game playing abilities. "Getting high affects your brain in ways that may directly influence your gaming ability," warns the Drug Czar's "Above the Influence" Web site, citing the impairment of "everything from reaction time to reasoning skills." According to the site, marijuana may lead to a harder time "defeating an opponent and beating a game."
The government's new video ads feature game avatars lamenting the fact that their players' skills worsened at playing games because they smoked up. "It's not that the challenges got harder, it's that Chris's skills got worse," a fantasy RPG character says, "Why? Because Chris started getting high while he was in control."
No matter how you feel about the idea of an elf telling you not to get high (the talking elves usually tell me to smoke more!), there is a huge difference between these public service ads and the propaganda of the past. "The Man" used to tell you that smoking weed would lead to harder drugs, make you into a raving addict, destroy your life, and make your brain into an egg on a frying pan. The message here is less hysterical and more realistic: If you smoke pot, you will suck at games. Alright. I'll buy that. Of course, no mention is made of whether gaming while high might make you have more fun, even if you do fail more often...
What do you guys think: Do stoners make worse gamers? Does pot slow reaction time and lead to lead sandwiches in first-person shooters? Will this line of argument convince you not to toke up? Tell us below.