Ready to Respawn? Putting Razer's Gaming-Enhancing Drink to the Test

From PC MAg: Back in 2010, hardware company Razer announced a gaming-enhancing intravenous liquid called Venom, in what turned out to be an April Fools' Day joke. Due to a surge in interest in real mental-enhancement beverages since (and a horrifying amount of fan interest in an IV-delivered serum), Razer has now actually produced its own drink, named Respawn. Obviously, we had to try it for ourselves.

Respawn is not, Razer insists, an energy drink. Nor do you consume it through an IV. Rather, the company calls it a "mental performance" beverage seizing the nootropics trend. Theoretically, it's meant to let you play better, for longer. So what better way to put it to the test than to consume it while gaming? In the video below, you can watch me try out the drink and track its effects while taking on fellow hardware analyst and gaming enthusiast Chris Stobing in a few rounds of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

I was the guinea pig for this experiment, while Chris served as the control by sticking to good old coffee. What was the end result? I trounced him. Now, I'll give a disclaimer that Chris didn't have any prior experience in the Nintendo Switch edition of the game, having mostly played Melee for years, so I won't exactly attribute my superior performance to Respawn. But I also won't say it didn't help—the gameplay can do the talking.

Want to know more about the drink? It comes in the form of powder which Razer recommends you mix into 16 to 20 ounces of water. The powder comes in four flavors: Blue Raspberry, Green Apple, Pomegranate Watermelon, and Tropical Pineapple. We were also sent a branded shaker, but that's sold separately.

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