The Daily Grind: Have you ever used performance-enhancing drugs while MMOing?

    
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Last week, a former pro e-sports player went on the record to say that he — and pretty much everyone else in the top brackets of competitive gaming — takes performance-enhancing drug Adderall to help keep ultra-alert and hyper-focused during events. Some of our readers scoffed at the report, saying that everyone does it, from college students cramming for exams to top-tier World of Warcraft raiders, bringing the term “hardcore” to all-new lows.

But it appears to have been news to the ESL, which stopped just short of accusing the e-sports player a troll this week while promising to alter its tournament procedures to test for doping rather than just forbid it. “We are hoping to have a waterproof strategy for identifying PEDs, testing for their presence and punishing players who were caught using any of the forbidden substances,” the organization told Wired. “Full blown drug tests at esports events are far away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t try to tackle the issue.”

And that leads me to today’s Daily Grind: Have you ever used a “performance-enhancing drug” to boost your gaming abilities? Would you admit it if you had? Just how widespread is this among online gamers? And where should we (and the e-sports governing boards) draw the line between caffeine and something like Adderall?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Kass40
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Kass40

You Are Kidding, Right?

Doran7
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Doran7

You mean like coffee? lol.  When I was a hard core PVPer I used to drink huge amounts of  Mountain Dew which kept me wired and awake.

CazCore
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CazCore

people smoke cannabis and game all the time

KiwiRed
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KiwiRed

Just coffee. Occasionally too much.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Nothing that requires a prescription. Coffee, energy drinks, etc.

injek
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injek

Define performance enhancing. I once spent 20 minutes standing around inspecting textures. 

Those were some nice rocks, let me tell you.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

CharcoalCrow JakeDunnegan deekay_zero I went ahead and took the two minutes to google it, since I haven’t really played WoW actively since 2006. 
http://wowwiki.wikia.com/Leeroy_Jenkins_(video)
It was staged, though that was even denied for a long time (as of 2007, at least, he wasn’t admitting that it was staged –  (see: http://www.westword.com/news/the-legend-of-leeroy-jenkins-5091880  – about a third of the way through the article)
“Or was it all completely staged, a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the geekiness of World of Warcraft gamers? Ben smiles while reading Lucifuge’s message. “I like people to decide for themselves,” he responds. “It is more fun that way.” This is his patented response on the subject; it’s all he’ll ever say.”
And the guild maintains (now) that it was a re-enactment of a real event.
as deekay_zero mentions – the point is that it was trope – typical of stuff that happens in raids. My original point was that drinking leads to stupid things in gaming – which is most definitely happening with Leeroy, his guild, and all the rest. They point blank say that it was after “drinking some 40s”, yada yada.
Anyway, it was a nice look back at gaming history. Maybe that’s why I like Justin’s articles on MOP so much. :)

Liraven
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Liraven

Nreff Huh, that was really interesting, thanks for sharing the video.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

The closest I got to that was a cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate. I even stay out of energy drinks, I have no interest in that kind of thing.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

Does beer count? I PVP much better drunk. True story.