If you are a parent or a young adult or even a teenager, the chances are high that are familiar with the argument about video game content. Back in the 90s and early 2000s, moms and dads across America threw up their hands in disgust at the amount of violence their children were being exposed to, particularly in games focusing on science fiction or fantasy elements. Needless to say, the amount of sexual content in The Witcher series and the overwhelming violence in the Outlast series is beyond the reach of children, but have you ever noticed that a lot of these games tend to include another questionable element, one that can sometimes drive the plot? Today, let’s take a closer look at popular video game series where drugs serve as plot devices.
Grand Theft Auto (1997-2015)
Even if you’re not a gamer, you’re aware of the major controversies surrounding this hit video game series. Since its initial release, Grand Theft Auto has become the In the Company of Men among gamers and book-readers alike, leaving us scratching our heads more than jumping with excitement. However, one of the game’s most notorious elements is its excessive inclusion of drugs. Shockingly, in some of the series’ entries, players have free reign over which drugs characters can use and can steal drugs to make money. Charmed yet?
Overall, this game is a gorgeous, action-packed wonder, combining elements of science fiction and action-adventure to create a stunning storyline. However, there’s a catch: to stay powerful, characters have to self-administer drugs called ADAM and EVE. As expected, this isn’t your typical drug. Once your character consumes ADAM, their genetic structure is changed and they essentially gain superpowers. However, you will become dependent on EVE, as your special abilities are powered by it. Everyone is after EVE, as are you.
Sure, you may have survived cataclysmic events, but that doesn’t mean characters can’t indulge in a few narcotics here and there. In Fallout, players battle gigantic mutants across a ravaged wasteland (think a more slimy version of Mad Max) and, on occasion, partake in drugs. Unlike the above games, though, Fallout actually paints a negative picture of these chemicals. One character, Mama Murphy, even warns your character about the risks of becoming dependent.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Alcoholism or drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
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