I hope I live to see the day when accomplishments like 'I participated in the beta of Ultima Online' is widely-viewed as a distinct attribute in a human being.
The longer we progress down the path of video games, the more haphazard incidents we'll witness of stoners modifying their console of choice with weed ornaments. It's not about aesthetic perfection as much as it's about showing your friends and family that you've illustrated your undying love for marijuana in the most flamboyant way possible. The flexibility to manifest a gaming console into a piece of art is something that only becomes apparent when you're three bong hits into your Monday afternoon. To honor these ambitious feats of shrine building, we've created a list of The Top Ten Most Unnecessary Weed Modifications to an Xbox 360, only on The Stoned Gamer.
The concept of a spawn point is the single most important religious construct developed by humanity in the past two hundred years, and no one has identified its eschatological purpose in the universe. Don't look at me for an explanation, either. I can only regurgitate existentialism from guys like Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche in order to theorize what their opinion would be of a spawn point. It may seem trivial, but I can offer one original theory along with a claim that Bungie's Destiny explains the afterlife better than any other first-person shooter. I can't guarantee that you're going to agree with me, however I can guarantee that if you don't agree, you're wrong.
If you ever ingested a psychedelic and thought you were rapidly plummeting towards death, One Way Trip wants to reassure you that your initial fears were actually true. You died during your first mushroom trip, and all of what you're experiencing is your version of the afterlife. You can wake up from your hallucination at any time you chose and accept that you're now a seamless part of the infinite and you will never be able to return to this planet as a corporeal human being.
Since this is The Stoned Gamer's inaugural installment of 'Smoking Steam,' I must admit this feature would not exist if Steam's logo didn't look like a well-constructed hash pipe. The fact that no one has made a smoking device in the shape of that thing is troublesome to say the last. Some glassblower needs to steal my idea and just send me one -- there's no need to bring royalties into this. As you can see in the banner, we took Steam's logo and slightly modified it while leaving the TM insignia on it. We're probably going to get a cease-and-desist letter by the time you finish this, but let's hope Steam has better things to do -- like take my money every month.
I could let this list autopilot on every Sega Saturn game released in 1996 and still have a hefty top ten for you. That was back when Del The Funkee Homosapien was criticizing game developer Bernie Stolar for claiming 2-D games were 'too nerdy,' a statement that ultimately was the beginning of the end for Sega Saturn. However this list isn't about failed Sega consoles. Well maybe in part it is, but the point I'm driving home is The Stoned Gamer comprised a list of The Top Ten Unintentionally Psychedelic Box Covers, and you really need to see it -- or die. Or not see it and die. You're still dying anyway, so you should probably read this list before you kick the bucket.
Claiming something is "A science-fiction game set in an infinite procedurally generated universe" is another way of shoving your hand in my pocket, yanking out $59.99, and breaking my phone in the process because let's face it, I won't be needing it for at least a month. There will be no sunshine in my life. All adult responsibilities will casually be outsourced by procrastination when Hello Games' 'No Man's Sky' arrives on my Playstation 4 (that I don't even own) in 2015.
Five years from now when the sequential parts of this article runs into the triple digits, I'll admit that The Stoned Gamer was just created so that I could have a place to vent about Wizards of the Coasts' Duels of the Planeswalker.
There's nothing more depressing than using bud and videogames to escape your problems only to realize that you've unlocked a new set of weed-related issues in the digital universe you veered into. It's an increasing problem in the gaming industry -- marijuana has always been cool, and your favorite videogames want to hop on the ganja bandwagon. However when the virtual marijuana you inhale causes more stress in both the video game realm and your world, it's just downright depressing.
I originally wrote this list for High Times earlier this year, but there was alot of material that incidentally was left out. Therefore here is the complete and unedited list of The Top Ten Most Depressing Weed Moments in Videogame History.
I used to get detentions in junior high school for stuffing my backpack full of High Times magazines and now over a decade later some kid is getting reprimanded for brandishing one of my High Times feature articles. Words can't even begin to express how incredibly surreal this cycle of stonership truly is.