This will probably be controversial, but I’m willing to bring it up.
Propanolol, a prescription drug has been used for years as a performance enhancing drug for atheletes and public speakers, anything. It’s a beta-blocker. It reduces stage fright, drows out background distractions to whatever you are focusing on, and STOPS hand tremors, flushing face, nervousness etc.
I won’t say any names, but a top player doesn’t show any of those characteristics. And he works in the healthcare sector.
Most of the time you see players get nervous, they have facial tics, like rubbing their hands through their hair, making sort of mechanical movements after they make a mistake or lose.
Stimulants, like dextroamphetamine can increase focus and allow the brain to store more information or play longer without fatigue.
Here’s the first page of an article written about the use of propanolol in competitve sports. It’s been said that propanolol has no significant immediate or long term side effects for casual use, but ampehetamines on the other hand are a different story.
If players were using drugs to win, should the fighting game rules change?