I live in Washington, and prior to legalization was a mixture of too young, or too disinterested to really partake in weed. Which is to say, a massive supermajority of my time with games has been stone cold sober. Over the past few years, I’ve taken some opportunities as social environment or circumstance provided opportunity for inebriation while gaming, and I completely get the appeal.
I was with friends, one stoned, one sober, while playing through The Taken King campaign in Destiny one, and, it was one of very few times in Destiny that I stopped just sprinting towards the newest minimap objective. I’d stop on a ridge, and just watch ships fly in/out, massive explosions, cinematic moments, that upon stopping and watching them I realized I’d been missing, functionally if not actually, for years.
I think that revelation was an important one for how I’ve chosen to consume games since. I don’t know that I need or even want to be high while playing games in general. (Not that I see an issue with, or would even discourage it if you have the means/desire.)
There are plenty of games I refuse to play high or drunk. Most competitive games, nope. I can, even in the moment, look at my reaction times/accuracy and know “Okay, I lost that because my reaction times are like a third the speed, being generous.”
I’ve… weirdly, perhaps, been very adverse to the phrasing (and apologies, this isn’t meant as a personal attack, as I see it mentioned in this thread, but it always comes up) “enhances the experience.” Because… it really just… doesn’t? At least in my experience? It hasn’t altered the experience, it’s altered how I’ve interacted with the experience, which has helped me notice more things, and get a greater appreciation for what’s being offered by the artists/designers/developers/musicians/artists. I’ll stop to watch that scene, instead of sprinting through it and lining up my next headshot. It doesn’t make the game better, it makes me better at slowing down and taking in everything the game has always been.
Also, yes, while I don’t know where the servers are located, or specifics of hosting illegal content, I’d anticipate a closure/deletion of this thread in short order. While my weed consumption has all fallen into the legal realm, most forums won’t, don’t, and probably shouldn’t, deal with legal consequences of discussions of illegal activities, regardless of actual specific legalities being discussed. Policing such specifics of where/when, what state, etc. etc. of every post is just more than is reasonable.
Who knows, maybe in a few years this can be an interesting discussion though.