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May 8, 2013 8:00 AM   Subscribe

Videogames Are Drugs: Dorkly presents a few comics which compare videogames to their analogous drugs.
posted by quin (33 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Should be labeled NSFW for that Inside Amy Schumer banner ad that's running now. Yowsa.

As to the comics themselves, they were good for a chuckle. They reminded of the Internet Vices bit from a while back.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:29 AM on May 8, 2013


My name is Octothorpe and I've been Minecraft free for almost a year now.
posted by octothorpe at 8:29 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Unlike marijuana, Minecraft is habit-forming.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:38 AM on May 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


I expected to be annoyed at the Adderall one, as I get tired of all of the jokes surrounding something that has made my life substantially better and really saved me in a lot of ways, but that's surprisingly accurate and funny, and thankfully doesn't fall into the LOL LUXURY DRUG FOR LAZY PEOPLE trope.

I will say that Civ was bad enough on its own, and was something that I would hyperfocus on before I ever got treated. I stay away from it anymore-- playing that while ON adderall is definitely contraindicated.
posted by MysticMCJ at 8:56 AM on May 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


all I know is for some people, access to hashcake is the leading cause of Greece-roman inspired island temples in minecraft.
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 AM on May 8, 2013


I get super-addicted to Minecraft, only to leave it for long spells. I never build much. I suspect these two facts are related.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:08 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Holy god the Civ/Adderall one...

I should probably get checked out to see if I would benefit from Adderall.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:11 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


How did I never make the Bryan Cranston/Gordon Freeman connection before this moment.
posted by invitapriore at 9:25 AM on May 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


I'm not sure why they think WoW is 'incredibly expensive' though. Sixteen dollars a month, and 60ish dollars every 1-2 years is... way way less than a lot of people spend on a LOT of other hobbies.
posted by FritoKAL at 9:30 AM on May 8, 2013


Opportunity costs.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:35 AM on May 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


It is not surprising the game analogous to LSD never was finished. The developers found a mote of their childhood in the carpet and got lost examining it.
posted by munchingzombie at 9:35 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


The game analogous to LSD was rereleased on PlayStation 3 in 2010.
posted by LogicalDash at 9:39 AM on May 8, 2013


Opportunity costs.

That could be applied to any hobby, up to and including watching television, which the average American does for 34 hours a week.
posted by FritoKAL at 9:44 AM on May 8, 2013


invitapriore: "How did I never make the Bryan Cranston/Gordon Freeman connection before this moment."

I've seen it before, but the age is way off. Gordon is in his 20s, isn't he?

I'd say that Cranston could play him as depicted in Half-Life 4: Episode 6, but that would be after the heat death of the universe.
posted by brundlefly at 9:55 AM on May 8, 2013


So what drug does Deadly Premonition align with?
posted by brundlefly at 9:57 AM on May 8, 2013


Ketamine
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM on May 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've seen it before, but the age is way off. Gordon is in his 20s, isn't he?

I kind of always figured thirties myself, but I'm happy to just interpolate a few decades of professorship in between him graduating from that university in Germany (if I'm remembering the offer letter that appears in the HL1 manual correctly, it's been a while) and his signing on with Black Mesa.
posted by invitapriore at 10:11 AM on May 8, 2013


Katamari Damacy makes a decent LSD equivalent too, I'd imagine.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:13 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh god, my 10 year-old son is totally into Minecraft now. Maybe I should divert him towards something safer, like a mickey of vodka.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:28 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


How did I never make the Bryan Cranston/Gordon Freeman connection before this moment

Don't know, but this will help you catch up.
posted by yerfatma at 10:28 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh god, my 10 year-old son is totally into Minecraft now. Maybe I should divert him towards something safer, like a mickey of vodka.

Now I feel really guilty for showing my friend's two little boys how to build a portal to the Nether in Minecraft. I'm basically that guy from anti-drug PSAs in the 90s.
posted by invitapriore at 10:30 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


invitapriore: "I kind of always figured thirties myself"

According to this fan wiki (always authoritative) he was 27 in HL1. But, who cares really? I guess I'm down with an older, grizzled movie Gordon.
posted by brundlefly at 10:32 AM on May 8, 2013


I'm starting to think that Armored Core V is PCP.

Not like PCP. Actual PCP.

Seriously, I have no idea what's going on half the time, I'm in a near constant state of panic, and I can't stop.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:23 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh god, my 10 year-old son is totally into Minecraft now. Maybe I should divert him towards something safer, like a mickey of vodka.

Actually, now that you bring it up, the parallel continues to work there too. If I had kids, I'm not sure I'd want them to have the gaming/drug habits that I've had, but if they were going to do it anyway, I'd definitely prefer they do Minecraft/pot.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:51 AM on May 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


I'm not enough of a recreational drug conisiour to come up with the right match for NetHack though I'm sure there is some old timey drug like Quaaludes or absinthe that would fit the bill.
posted by Mitheral at 2:12 PM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


watching television, which the average American does for 34 hours a week.

This still completely astonishes me. 34 hours a week? Is that all they do?? When do they actually, you know, live their lives?

posted by Mars Saxman at 2:57 PM on May 8, 2013


Mitheral: "I'm not enough of a recreational drug conisiour to come up with the right match for NetHack though I'm sure there is some old timey drug like Quaaludes or absinthe that would fit the bill."

Absinthe sounds about right, actually.
posted by chaosys at 4:54 PM on May 8, 2013


...Nethack... Absinthe sounds about right, actually

Especially if you play it on an old green monochrome monitor.
posted by aubilenon at 5:24 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hilarious to me; my 10 year old son is addicted to MC, my hubby loves his MJ. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...
posted by saucysault at 7:34 PM on May 8, 2013


NetHack is mushrooms because it's all about identification, yo.
posted by fleacircus at 4:12 AM on May 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nethack could be opium as well - old timey, yields impossibly detailed dreamlike fantasies, and is also addictive and punishing.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:02 AM on May 9, 2013


also, Rez is totally 2C-I.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:05 AM on May 9, 2013


never got into Minecraft, but when i get stuck in Fallout: New Vegas people always say 'take all the drugs and get drunk', which is probably bad advice
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 12:03 AM on May 10, 2013


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