Something that I have never understood is the hold that beer die has on college students.

What about the game inspires the desire to stand out in the front yard of your off-campus house in the Logan neighborhood at any and all hours of the day regardless of rain, snow or shine that encourages a zag to want to prioritize the game over their health and wellbeing? Is beer die worth the lengthy rules and the necessary need for an XXL-sized table? I would think not. 

My issue with beer die stems from a majority of its most competitive players. Have you ever met someone who likes to play beer die? Their entire personality becomes the game.

All that the person does is play beer die so often that they spiral out of control and let the game consume them whole. First, it’s playing every weekend, then it’s needing to go buy a bigger table to play, then finally you find yourself hearing the words “you wanna play a game of die?” every other day and drinking water out of your cup because the game has instead become a competitive sport instead of being faithful to what it is, a drinking game.

Furthermore, why play drinking games if the ratio of playing to drinking is off? Beer die isn’t like the drinking game kings cup where the alcohol flow is relatively constant. 

On college campuses, beer die creates a college drinking culture that necessitates alcohol as the main component to play, which doesn’t create a healthy relationship to drinking for the typical college student. Especially if it’s played outside the normal two-day weekend.

College students need more outlets beyond drinking alcohol to blow off steam from the pains of the workweek, that don’t develop a relationship of relaxation and alcohol that could be a potentially slippery slope for those who make beer die their only hobby.

Have you ever considered taking up knitting or stamp collecting, some sort of extracurricular that would allow you to blow off the same sort of steam that many believe is the main benefit to playing these drinking games? Besides, out of all the drinking games why do you pick beer die?

It’s an overrated, unnecessarily complicated game with a limiting amount of players and if we were not stuck in a global pandemic and allowed to actually party, wouldn’t rage cage be more of the move?

A majority of the time playing beer die is sitting there watching other people play beer die. It’s like waiting for your older brother to let you play Just Dance when you only have one Wii remote controller that works, useless and disappointing.

Maybe I don’t understand the nuances and complexities provided by the ambitious game of beer die, I also don’t understand the rules of rhythmic gymnastics and that’s an Olympic sport.

I will say though, that with rhythmic gymnastics, the world classifies it as a sport, and with beer die, well it is barely even being played at Colby College, the college it was invented in 1978 according to a 2016 article written by their student newspaper. 

Let’s call beer die what it is: a slow, boring game that does not include enough players to actually play together and if you are an avid player, it might be time to consider another hobby.

Mila Yoch is the digital editor. Follow her on Twitter: @milagrosyoch.

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The logic is this article is so abrasive I’m honestly upset with Gonzaga for publishing it anywhere. It would make more sense if this article was satirical rather than what it is; someone who just likes to talk too much.

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