If you’ve ever played video games while stoned before, you might already know that the answer is — YES! Being high absolutely can improve your video gaming skills. There’s a reason that the Electronic Sports League (ESL) has recently made drug testing mandatory for tournament players.
Studies have shown that smoking cannabis while playing video games can improve in-game performance and helps with memory retention. Additionally, marijuana can relax your muscles, improve vision, and reduce anxiety and stress. All these benefits make it obvious why weed would be classified as a performance enhancing drug to the ESL.
Beyond making you a more skilled gamer, there is also evidence to suggest that cannabis helps you enjoy playing video games more too. Gamers who played while under the influence reported feeling more engaged with the storyline and more relaxed while playing.
Dank’s Top 10 Video Games to Play Stoned
No matter what console you have, we’ve got you covered — here’s some awesome games to play while high, ranked in no particular order.
1. Katamari Damacy
This totally bizarre, award-winning game is a huge hit in both America and Japan. Play as the Prince of the Cosmos and roll up the objects of Earth into a big ball called a katamari, so that this katamari can be turned into a star and sent into the night sky. Yes, that’s really the plot, and yes, it’s really, really fun.
2. Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that will immerse you in an enormous world of magic, fantasy, and dragons. Whether you’re playing Morrowind, Oblivion, or Skyrim, you’ll know doubt find yourself enjoying these award-winning Games of the Year.
Portal is a puzzle-based platform game that will have players using a portal gun to teleport all over the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. Beyond the engaging gameplay, Portal is also celebrated for its compelling story, dark humor, and originality.
4. Mario Kart
The popular go-karting game has been a favorite amongst Nintendo fans since Super Mario Kart was first released in 1992 for SNES. The latest game in the series, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, brings more fun and excitement than ever before to the racetrack.
5. RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a simulation game where players can design their own coasters and manage their own amusement park. This game is very immersive and has tons of expansion packs, so you’ll never run out of things to do, see, and build.
6. Super Smash Bros
This first installment of this insanely popular fighting series was released in 1999 on the Nintendo 64 console. There were originally only 12 playable characters. Today, in Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, there are 74 base characters, with even more characters being released in the future as downloadable content (DLC). Regardless of which version you play, Smash Bros is always a fun choice and a total hit at parties.
Minecraft is an open-ended sandbox game, where players are free to explore, create, destroy, and survive on unique maps. The peaceful music and serene settings are meditative and calming, making this game perfect for chilled out smoke sessions.
Pokémon is more than just your average video game series — it’s a television series, movie franchise, line of toys, and cultural phenomenon. When Pokémon Red and Blue were first released for the Game Boy in 1996, it was called the ‘best selling RPG of all time’ and went on to see enormous success. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are the newest releases for the series, and have so far been met with fantastic reviews and happy consumers.
9. The Sims
The Sims is one of the best-selling video game series of all time, with nearly 200 million copies sold worldwide. And for good reason — it’s extremely fun! The Sims is a life simulator and sandbox game, which basically means you can do whatever the hell you want! This game is the perfect way to waste several hours while you’re high and wanting to play God.
10. Super Mario
The Super Mario series began with the release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985 and continues with the release of the series’ most recent game, Super Mario Odyssey. These platform games are always a good choice, regardless of which installment or console you end up playing. The New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is set to be released for the Switch in January 2019.