In-Game Booze and Virtual Drunkenness

Drinking with no real world repercussions (i.e. pain and suffering) the next day.

So I’ve been searching for video games in which you can drink.  More importantly,how does in-game booze affect game-play?  

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WoW: Drunken Healing

One I know too well is in World of Warcraft. If you drink in WoW:

  • Your screen becomes increasingly blurry
  • You lose the ability to walk a straight line
  • Typing into chat makes it appear as if you are slurring words  

If you were to go on a raid or duel someone or whatever in this state, it doesn’t change your ability to play, as in I can still spam heals with no problems.

For example “drink and drink and drink and drink and fight!”

Drunken Zombie Killin’ in Dead Island

Another fine example is Dead Island – as you can see in the YouTube video by Zack Scott Games above.  I don’t believe it does anything other than sort of blur your screen and make you not exactly walk straight (how original). Though if there were a zombie outbreak I might want a stiff drink too.

Drunken Effects in Mass Effect

In the Mass Effect series you have a couple scenes where you go to a bar and get a few drinks.  I love how awkward the interactions are in these scenes, but it still doesn’t compare to the… um… ‘sex scenes’:

“She died because her nervous system overloaded with an ecstasy so great she couldn’t handle it, I want to give you that, Shepard.”

No one acts this way!  Anyway, in one bar scene you get poisoned by some super insane alien beverage that ‘tears your insides apart.’  Yet still it’s not really an impact on your game-play, just another thing you can do for some interactions to happen.

Another funny scene where Shepard says something no one will ever say.  Well I guess when alcohol is involved maybe someone would really say it.

Is that really it? It can’t be!

How could a game really include anything else involving alcohol consumption other than the blurring and walking funny? What in-game ramifications do you think should be in play?

Lets hear what you’ve found throughout your gaming:

What games have you gotten ‘drunk’ in and what did it do to your character?


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