gaming gets real

This was a part of Grand Theft Auto from even one of its earliest releases - but the NY Times reports that the latest gaming trend is "taking drugs" during gameplay. Not actually taking drugs - but having your character in the game take drugs. As a result, the game's action slows, your character is slower to respond, etc.

The good news - most games also show at least some of the consequences - difficult to control a car, become an easy target, and getting caught by the police. It's a pretty cool game programming feat, but who knows what this means for teens that are now hooked on virtual drugs. Virtual Betty Ford Clinic? From Gawker

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