Sleep’s Dopesmoker is Getting a Video Game

Joining the ranks of Journey and Dream Theater as “bands that inexplicably have video games,” legendary stoner metal trio Sleep will soon get a game of their own. Dopesmoker: The Game of Sleep is an unofficial endless runner video game being made by a fan of the band.

You can read a little more info about the project AND play an early build of the game right here. Just click the banner and follow the instruction the frame. If you don’t wanna play, you can watch video of the game in action below (click here if video doesn’t load for you).

The game appears to use this 8-bit translation of Dopesmoker as a soundtrack. Click play and prepare for a truly endless slog. Then play the video game!

h/t Celtic Frosty

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Published on: August 3, 2016

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  • Crab Nicholson

    Is…is that it?

    • Slightly more interactive than that Journey Atari 2600 game

  • This is great, Joe. Endless runner is a suitable game type to stoner metal, jajaja!

    I also love 8-bit metal renditions!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Keis101uTWA

  • I wander if you walk around picking up refers?

    10 refers = .5 joints.

    1 joints = 2 cupcakes.

    It is all making sense now.

    • Dubbbz

      I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

    • Dubbbz

      Dangit, I should have screencapped before you edited. I have failed you, McNulty.

      • Praise be to you Lord Terrible Disqus Performance. You have saved me this day.

        *frrrp*

        • Dubbbz

          *vapes angrily*

      • I miss hanging with everybody during [non pooping] work hours.

    • 6 cupcakes= 1 pull

      • more beer

        No way. Edibles are much stronger than smoking. reverse that.

  • Rob M

    Dear metal bands…please stick to slapping your name on craft beer and nip this terrible licensed video game trend in the bud before it gets out of hand

    • Dubbbz

      But what about my GWAR tactical RPG?

      • Rob M

        Hmmm….That is indeed a high concept

  • What are some good games I can play on my phone? Now that I’ve joined the 21st century and have an iPhone. RIP flip phone.

    • Rob M

      The trvest of the trve play Pokemon Go

    • Am I the last bastion of flip phone glory, now?

      • Rob M
      • I feel you. Why upgrade when my laserdisc player works just fine thank you.

        • You still flipping? Tyree was one of two other people I once knew to be holding out…. Alas, he is no more.

        • Rob M

          Only betamax is real

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            What about HD DVD? Also I wish I had a Betamax VCR.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Shit…Why upgrade when a decent smartphone is the same price as a decent Tower PC?!

          Ha, Laserdisc. I remember having one with the Summertime Girls video from Y&T on it. I still think they are cool af.

          • My smartphone goes with me everywhere. My desktop sits at my desk for the rare moments I can use it.

          • Carry it on your back, bro.

          • Guppusmaximus

            With the way MicroPCs are going (Raspberry PI,etc) and VR goggles, one day you could literally carry that shit around with you.

          • Guppusmaximus

            True, but when I only use it for phone calls, emails, a quick internet query and navigation, a $500+ phone is overpriced and not needed especially considering iPhone is vanilla as fuck.

          • Lacertilian

            I only use my Samsung for 96% of everything I use my laptop for too.
            Plus phone calls.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My uncle worked on making the laser technology for the people who invented Laserdisc.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I have a Laserdisc player in my room.

      • RJA

        I think you might be – other than my dad. I finally got a smart phone about 3 months ago!

        edit: I must admit I am enjoying it for a number of things.

      • Mother Shabubu

        I still have a 4s. That’s kinda like a flip phone in terms of ancientness.

        • Waynecro

          I’m still rocking a Samsung Galaxy S III, which works great despite the cracked screen.

          • Rob M

            Gah…had the three for about a year and then it started going haywire. Apparently theres a defect with the home button on that model. Had to upgrade to the four which is a much better design in my opinion

          • Waynecro

            Dang. It’s the first smartphone I’ve ever had that has worked pretty much perfectly for any extended period. When I do finally have to upgrade, I’m getting another Galaxy.

          • Rob M

            Oh yeah..I like the Galaxy quite a bit. I was bummed when it started acting up, but I have to say the four has worked like a dream. Ive had it for about 3 or 4 years now with no problems and I’ll probably keep it a little longer before I upgrade…think theyre up to a model seven now.

            Hopefully yours lasts longer than mine did, but if you start have problems with the phones “home” button and dont want to buy the newest model Id recommend trying to find a used four or five (skip the six, Ive heard bad things about that one)

          • Waynecro

            I’ve never had problems with the phone’s home button, fortunately. I like what I’ve read about the S7 Edge. I get a lot of good information about new and upcoming smartphones because my company covers the technology pretty thoroughly. Some of the rumors about the bendable/foldable screens Samsung is developing are pretty intriguing.

          • Rob M

            The best way I can describe it is that the home button was getting a false input, so even if I didnt touch the button it would act like Id hit it..it got the the point that the phone was unusable because the menu just kept flashing on and off like someone was tapping the home button really fast.

            Yeah, I was looking at the Edge as well, just because I have an upgrade due if I want it, and both that and the standard Galaxy 7 seem like theyre pretty good phones. I may wait another year or so to let the number 8 come out and then grab a series 7 Edge for a cheaper price

          • Waynecro

            Goddamn. That sounds like a terribly annoying problem. I’d rage break a phone for that shit. I’m definitely in no rush to get a new phone, but I’m keeping an eye on my options in case my phone craps out all of a sudden. Thank goodness my phone has an SD card. I just store everything to that so I lose nothing important if the phone just stops working suddenly.

          • Rob M

            Yeah, I almost snapped that thing on a couple of occasions.

            Fortunately I dont put a ton of stuff on mine, its mostly a work phone…so other than my contacts list, which Sprint backs up for me anyway, I dont lose anything of worth if it goes fubar

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, I have just a few contacts and, like, 700+ photos of my dog.

          • Rob M

            Got to have photos of the dog

        • JWEG

          I try not to poke fun at my sister’s 3G, but sometimes it’s just necessary.

      • I don’t plan on relinquishing my dumb phone anytime soon.

    • Ridiculous Fishing is a fun one

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Legacy of the Beast

    • JWEG

      The only iPhone game I got more than one play out of is Solomon’s Keep. That’s years and years out of date, though.

      The sequel iPad game seems to be officially permanently shelved.

    • I like puzzle games because you can play for two minutes at a time. Two Dots is a good ‘un.

    • Waynecro

      I like Scrabble–er, I mean, Words with Friends. Escape-the-room puzzle games are fun as well. Fruit Kitchens and Candy Rooms are a good time.

    • Eliza

      The one game that I still like playing is Temple Run. There are more versions, but the original is my favourite because I’m good at it.

  • Waynecro

    I applaud the game creator’s effort, but I have no interest in experiencing boredom-induced brain death.

    • But have you ever experienced boredom-induced brain death…. on weeeeeeed?

      • Waynecro

        I have never been on weed, but I have gotten dangerously close to boredom-induced brain death on multiple occasions.

  • That kid is soooo high man.

  • Howard Dean

    The TeePee Records version of the Dopesmoker artwork will always be the best. I paid a premium to get the original 2003 pressing on CD back in the day (when you couldn’t seem to find that shit anywhere), and it was worth it for this artwork alone (I also couldn’t foresee the Southern Lord reissue a decade later):

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lKMu0t6gL.jpg

    • Howard Dean

      “PROOOO-CEEDS THE WEEEEEEEEEDIAAAAAAANNNN… NAZARETH!”

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I love that art, but Arik Roper’s is superior in my opinion. I think it captures the aesthetic more so than an other incarnation.

      It also ranks high in my favorite album covers of all time.

      • Howard Dean

        Oh man, I think the Tatooine/Tusken Raider cover is OK. But that creepy ass sultan/caliph bugging out on horseback is just the bees knees to this hombre. It’s like a mescaline trip or something.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Prior to the rerelease I was trying my damnedest to get a copy of the album but never could. I did pick up Jerusalem however. And I think we can agree that that cover sucked. Haha

          • Howard Dean

            Indeed. Everything about Jerusalem was inferior. So glad Sleep stuck their guns and eventually put out Dopesmoker. A lot of Toilet folk aren’t big fans, but I’ve always enjoyed the track. Just a huge sound with riffs that kill (which is good, since the average riff tends to last for about 6-10 minutes, haha).

            Yeah, I ended up paying more for my copy of the original press CD than I wanted–about $40 back in 2008. But I need dis! [insert fatcatmakingfunnyface.jpg)

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Sleep is one of my favorite bands.

            “huge sound with riffs that kill” sums up the song perfectly. It left me amazed the first time I listened to it. It is still in fairly-regular rotation. Especially when driving for an extended period of time. Feeling my seat rumble with the RIFF as I drive down the highway is superb.

    • Reminds me of the Bolzer Soma artwork.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Awesome.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Really Awesome.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Super duper awesome.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          This is incredible.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Genius.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I could play this.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            While listening to this flawless album.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            On multiple occasions.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I find it funny that Joe wrote this article.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Good work Joe.

          • Great Job!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Is this a reference to the conversation I had with myself? hahaha

          • Yeah! Great work!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Thanks!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I wrote this for KJM a while back
    Drop out of life with spoon in hand
    Follow the milk toward the chocolate filled Land

    [Solo One]

    I vant to eat your – cereal
    I vant to eat your – cereal

    Millsmen roll out across the dying dawn
    Sacred Cereal Holy Marshmallow
    Milk poors down on to the chocolate shapes
    Children migrate down the steps to kitchen
    Milkmen unearth the creed of chocolatian
    Procession of the Milk-Priests to cross the bowls
    Dessert Legion Milk-Breakfast is complete
    Marshmallows retied on to backs of beasts
    Arise arise arise – The eater of the Count Chocula
    Milkan River flows on evermore
    Take in bowls of Chocula’s cereal haze
    They feel so fed and filled through our days
    Chocolate caravan emerge from cereal bowl
    Childling inserts to chalice the brown cereal
    Groundation soul finds trust upon chocolate shape
    Assembled children rises chocolate-filled bowl
    Raise up Count’s Holy Cereal
    Set down on young years of the milk now feeds
    Cereal of chocula fall in the upturned mouths
    Onward chocolate prepare new spoon

    Milk-Priests Countsmen chant the right
    Judgement soon come to breakfast time
    Brown chocolatesmen serve rightful king
    Count Chocula caravan carries

    [Solo Two]

    [Break]
    The chocolate milk flowed up toward rim
    Flight of the Chocolatian to seek the Mallow
    Rides out believer with the bowl afilled
    Chocolatenaut escapes earth to choculate

    [Solo Three]

    Dining-Room is church temple of the new cereal breed
    Chants Loud-Milked priest down on to the freedom count
    Chocolate offering redeems – completes nutrition breakfast
    Caravans’ nutrition breakfast
    The caravan holds to General Mills- Now drinks believer !
    The Milk of the Count Chocula

    Drop out of life with spoon in hand
    Follow the milk toward the chocolate filled land
    Drop out of life with spoon in hand
    Follow-the-Count-Choculan

  • Eliza

    Games are getting bigger in metal. I’m not ready

    • tertius_decimus

      Always were. One day we with my friend were talking about musical tendencies in 8 and 16-bit games from late 80s to mid 90s. As heavy metal was really big during those times, many, really many soundtracks had that signature metal vibe both stylistically and compositionally, despite being technically different. And that is a good thing, most of those soundtracks easily can be converted to “proper” metal, what some bands, actually, do. Like the best power metal band in the world Powerglove.

  • tertius_decimus

    Hey, anyone remembers that Blind Guardian mission in Sacred-2?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkLXtTJXves

    • Abradolf Lincler

      One of the best parts about that game that game would have been great if it weren’t for all the bugs

      • tertius_decimus

        Yes, there were plenty of bugs. But in comparison with Skyrim, the quantity still lags behind Bethesda’s failed masterpiece. I gave up to play to an end after dreaded bug in the main quest when Esbjörn fails to open the door. I was at 38th level then already. That pissed.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          I’m of the opinion that Bethesda is a little overrated

          • tertius_decimus

            Cosigned.

          • BobLoblaw

            Maybe now that theyve dumbed their games down for the lowest common denominator.

      • Count_Breznak

        There wasn’t much of a game, it was a collection of easter eggs and bugs. They even had to patch in a bloody hardware cursor for fucks sake. Not to mention secuROM. Stupid decisions like set items dropping for the player level…it was fucking infuriating. The nail in the coffin was when a patch deleted everything in my stash..and I think they never even fixed the bug related to mounts and dungeon transition that let you get max move and attackspeed.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i think i quit before completing it because my save file kept getting corrupted

    • Yay!

      Didn’t played the game, but I found the footage in Youtube. Such a great song.

  • BobLoblaw

    Well that game looks like a blast, endlessly scroll right until the soundtrack is done.