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“League of Lagers” and 9 more super-geeky drinking games for gamers

Everything is more fun with alcohol. Especially Super Smashed—sorry, SmashBros.


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 15, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 9:03 am CDT

Everything is more fun with alcohol. Especially video games.

After studying common occurrences in several different titles, the YouTube channel TheWarpZone decided to bring gameplay to a staggering new level. In its series “Drinking Games for Gamers,” TheWarpZone enforces drinking rules for Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and even Tetris. We’ve chosen the series’ best games that would be greatly enhanced with a little—or a lot of—booze.

Oh yeah, and drink responsibly please.

1) Tetris

TheWarpZone’s most recent entry, the Tetris drinking game “Tipsy Tetris” works best with Tetris Party Deluxe, Tetris Evolution, and other multi-player versions. Due to the game’s Russian background, vodka is the alcohol of choice. Players must drink if another player’s item affects them and when someone gets a tetris, everyone else takes four drinks—one for each line.

2) Super Mario Bros. 3

Everyone who was alive when one of Nintendo’s biggest titles was released in 1989 is now of legal drinking age. Thus, there is no reason not to indulge in an alcoholic accompaniment to Super Mario Bros. 3. Players must “waterfall” a drink whenever a Starman is activated and everyone must finish their beer when a player gets three of the same cards at the end of a stage.

3) Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. is often billed as a party game anyway, so why not make your next session a real party? When playing “Super Smashed,” players must take a shot of Parrot Bay whenever another player gets the smash ball. Additionally, if any player fails to kill someone with their super smash, he or she must take a shot.

4) League of Legends

We already drink to watch tournaments and matchups anyway, so fueling such confrontations with alcohol is the next logical step. In “League of Lagers,” players must take a pull of beer (and rethink their strategy) for 5 seconds whenever their team is aced. There is also a 15-second beer chug penalty if you are killed by a tower or some other NPC.

5) Call of Duty

Modern warfare and FPS games have always been missing that crucial element: alcohol! “Call of Duty: Blacked Out” solves this dilemma and includes enough rules to ensure that your aim will be way off by the night’s end. Players must drink whenever they die and also must do a shot whenever they are Kill Streak killed.

6) Mario Kart

The taboo of drinking and driving is tossed to the side of the road like a banana peel in “Mario Kart Drunk Driving,” the drinking game for Mario Kart. Players can choose to drink before driving, or even during the drive. Just be wary of Lakitu suddenly issuing DUIs.

7) Guitar Hero

Drinking always makes listening to music better, so it’s only natural that it can also aid in playing music. In “Guitar Beero,” players must take a drink each time he or she misses a star note. If a player loses, then he must finish his beer completely.

8) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Arguably one of the best arcade games out there, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 never lived up to its full potential in arcades. That pesky “no open alcohol” rule always ensured that our Mega Man vs. Spider-Man matchup would be fueled by little more than caffeine or sugar. “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Sheets to the Wind” pits drunken superheroes against tipsy video game stars. Players must gulp down a series of five different shots whenever they lose a character. Look to Superman fighting his drunken self in Superman III for additional tips.

9) Portal 2

The cake might be a lie, but the beer is promised from the beginning in Portal 2 Alcohol Science. As you make your way through Aperture Laboratories, you must sip your beer whenever GLaDOS directly insults your character. Also, when setting down a weighted sphere or companion cube on its appropriate switch, everyone must celebrate with a drink of beer.

10) TMNT Turtles in Time

Our last entry is a game that shouldn’t be played sober, anyway. Let’s face it: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time was one of the worst video games to hit shelves since E.T. for the Atari. It was likely conceived on alcohol, as a matter of fact. Thus, it can only improve as players drink whenever they die, collect pizza or choose Donatello.

As a final note, TheWarpZone, please create a drinking game for Dance Dance Revolution.

Screengrab via TheWarpZone/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2013, 2:18 pm CDT