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How Realistic Is Video Game Drunkenness?

Lisa Foiles — I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love drunk video game characters.

The slurred speech, the blurred vision, the ragdoll physics as they fall backwards down a flight of stairs which somehow never results in paralyzing spinal fractures – I'd much rather nurse a digital person back to sobriety than my college-aged friends.

But however comical it is to watch an intoxicated John Marston careen into strangers, or a brave Commander Shepard throw back one too many batarian ales, how true to life are their drunken actions?

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