"Winners don't take drugs," the FBI director William S. Sessions' slogan used to draw the attention of the US government to the danger of intoxicants. Accordingly, as part of a large-scale educational campaign, he jumped in the face of every young person who stood in front of an arcade machine in the 90s. Barely two decades later, the world looks very different: Today video games are now much more revealing when it comes to the presentation of illegal substances. And as far as their effect is concerned, developers don't take reality very seriously. We raise our forefinger and take a look at the ten most exaggerated drug trips in video games.

The world of We Happy Few is really not very nice to look at. In an alternative version of the 1960s, in which the Germans won World War II, many residents of the English town of Wellington Wells grapple with guilt and agonizing thoughts. To escape from them, they take the drug Joy – which also works surprisingly well for the character itself. Just walk into one of the pill dispensers, throw in one of several flavors and the world looks very different. Gray streets turn into colorful boulevards, rainbows shine on the horizon and you walk around the area as if you were a Disney character. The short flight of highs is usually followed by a much larger low.







If you do not take your prescribed dose of Joy in We Happy Few, you are considered a so-called "Downer" and will be followed by the police.



If you do not take your prescribed dose of Joy in We Happy Few, you are considered a so-called "downer" and will be followed by the police.

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Performing a heart transplant is really not an easy task – especially if you are not really in control of your hands, as in the Surgeon Simulator. Surgeon games become even more difficult if you accidentally reach into the green anesthetic syringe on the operating table during the operation. Then the intervention develops into a veritable party of vibrant colors and blurred shapes. If you still have an overview here, you have earned your doctorate! However, it is much more likely that you are too liberal with the saw, hammer and drill and the patient dies under your hands. In this sense: stay clean children, or it will cost human lives!






Opening the chest with a hardware store saw is actually never a good idea. But especially not if you are full of painkillers.



Opening the chest with a hardware store saw is actually never a good idea. But especially not if you are full of painkillers.

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Who needs drugs when they have a smartphone? Watch Dogs provides an impressive answer to this question. While the Ubisoft adventure otherwise paints a dark picture of digital surveillance, you can also experience a few easier moments with hacker Aiden Pearce. All you have to do in Chicago in the future is to visit one of the city's shady dealers who offer so-called digital trips. In Psychedlic, for example, you find yourself in a virtual dream world in which you fly through the streets to crazy music and bounce from one giant flower to the next – until you are painfully brought back to the hard ground of reality.






High thanks to smartphones - Watch Dogs really has some wonders of technology in store.



High thanks to smartphones – Watch Dogs really has some wonders of technology in store.

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Oh yes, the wild west. When Gunslinger didn't stand for bad music and cocaine was still used as a toothache remedy, this is also shown by the open-world adventure Red Dead Redemption 2, in which there is now an iconic scene about "excessive alcohol consumption". In the mission "A peaceful pastime" you go with your gang colleague Lenny to nearby Valentine to forget your earthly problems with a beer in the local saloon. As it is, however: One bottle quickly becomes several and with rising levels, the main character Arthur Morgan struggles to keep his senses all together – which creates some wonderful scenes. So even if we generally recommend responsible drinking: you should definitely have tried this mission!






Lenny! You don't need to say more about the iconic mission from Red Dead Redemption 2.



Lenny! You don't need to say more about the iconic mission from Red Dead Redemption 2.

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The Far Cry series has a, let's say "relaxed" connection to the topic of drugs. Intoxicants occur again and again in various serial offshoots. However, they are positioned particularly prominently in the third part, where you and the protagonist Jason Brody rid the tropical island of Rook Island from pirates. For that you burn huge hemp plantations with a flamethrower and breathe funny smoke. However, the "Mushrooms in the Deep" mission is particularly worth remembering: Here you are looking for a fungus in a cave that is necessary for the manufacture of a medication. However, you have to find out that he has already fogged the whole vault with his spores, which cause ugly hallucinations.






In Far Cry 3 gets the floor "Toadstool" a whole new meaning. If only good Jason had stayed clean ...



In Far Cry 3, the word "fly agaric" takes on a whole new meaning. If only good Jason had stayed clean …

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Max Payne was a real milestone in the video game medium. The third-person shooter from 2001 not only brought developer Remedy Entertainment onto the scene for the first time, but also made Bullet Time really fashionable. You often use it while you are embarking on a bloody revenge campaign with the eponymous Renegade Cop. It also brings you into contact with the new designer drug Valkyr – a pretty nasty stuff, as you have to find out for yourself. At the end of the second chapter you will miss an overdose, which Max sends on a real nightmare trip: he is forced to relive the loss of wife and child, strays through unending gears and bloody labyrinths and breaks through in a rare one Moment of clarity even the fourth wall.






The poison green designer drug Valkyr was originally a secret project by the US government to increase the performance of its soldiers.



The poison green designer drug Valkyr was originally a secret project by the US government to increase the performance of its soldiers.

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In the post-nuclear wasteland of Fallout 3, you are probably happy with every little glimmer of hope. Accordingly, there are of course some mood enhancers in the area around the former Washington D.C. But real trips do not cause the substances commonly known as chems, such as Med-X, Jet or Hydra. With one exception. If you go to a remote part of the Holy Moor in the Add-on Point Lookout, you will stumble across a huge plant, the mother Punga. When you touch it, it releases a gas cloud, the effect of which takes the player away: trees turn into violins, the world is turned upside down and a huge red saw plows through the undergrowth – until your hallucination, typical of Fallout, ends with a huge bang .






The hallucination is actually a kind of advance interpretation.



The hallucination is actually a kind of advance interpretation. It will later turn out that someone sawed up your skull and stole a piece of your brain.

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In the world of Arkham Asylum you are actually the only one who is still a little bit sane. Finally, you end up in the eponymous mental hospital just outside Gotham, which is under the rule of the Joker and his crazy followers. At one point, however, the pointed-eared bat man loses control of his senses: When you search for the kidnapped commissioner Gordon in the hospital, you are surprised in the elevator by Scarecrow's fear gas that Batman sends on a journey through a dark world of horrors. Among other things, you will be confronted with the speaking remains of his parents in the local mortuary. Or you are facing a huge, deadly version of Scarecrow that you can only do with the Bat signal.






I see dead people! Under the influence of Scarecrow's fear gas, Batman also encounters a late commissioner Gordon.



I see dead people! Under the influence of Scarecrow's fear gas, Batman also encounters a late commissioner Gordon.

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Hotline Miami is already a completely crazy action firework. In the top-down shooter from Devolver, you let bullets, blood and body parts fly in rows – in bizarre animal masks and sometimes with hypnotic background music. The title reached its absurd climax in the final level "Apocalypse". Here you slip into the skin of a simply named Russian mafia boss who stuffs pills into his couch as if they were smarties. The effect is of course not long in coming: In a frenzy you have to compete against demonic gangsters, three-headed dogs or other animal adversaries. As a result of your bloody campaign, you will also face a bear, a tiger, a zebra and a two-headed laser-spitting swan – before you disappear into the sky on a rainbow after work.






The exclamation known from the Miami 2 hotline "Gotta get a grip!" (in German: I have to pull myself together) is still a popular Internet meme today.



The call from the Miami 2 hotline "Gotta get a grip!" (in German: I have to pull myself together) is still a popular Internet meme today.

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The undisputed king of consumption, however, is Grand Theft Auto 5. The open-world adventure not only offers you almost unlimited possibilities in terms of play. Rockstar Games let you try out all legal and illegal substances in the skin of the three main characters Michael, Trevor and Franklin. You can get drunk with whiskey, for example, until you become completely dim in your eyes. You can pull your son's bong and then philosophize about your own life. You can try a peyote cactus and slip into the skin of an animal. Or you shoot at scary horror clowns after a dose of bad marijuana.






The characters in GTA 5 are a great role model when it comes to drug use. They show very well how not to do it!



The characters in GTA 5 are a great role model when it comes to drug use. They show very well how not to do it!

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Do you want additional information about drugs in video games? Then we put this studio for you US website Archstone Recovery to the heart. The colleagues there dealt intensively with the often unrealistic depiction of intoxicants and their dangers.

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