Party games are the best. When you get a group of your friends together for a night of fun and competition; nothing beats it. The classics are good. Scrabble, Charades, and even Yahtzee can be hours of laughs with your friends. As of late, I have been trying to add a more modern edge to the events. Since many video games now have multi user capabilities at the same time, I have brought this new platform to game night with my friends.
For evenings that consist of mostly guys, I opt for Halo or Call of Duty. You can play as teams, or as a group facing a single enemy. Some nights, we even switch sides with Call of Duty, and be the Germans for a change. It is kind of like a guilty pleasure to be the bad guy. After the drinks start flowing, things can get really competitive, and it can become every man for himself. The beauty of games like these, is that they can be saved, and even continued days later after the party. I have to admit that I play on my own to practice for when we all get together.
If there is a mixed crowd, a good choice may be something like Wii, which can be enjoyed by men and women. It uses a controller that allows you to throw the ball in a sports game, or actually go through the motions of bowling in a bowling game. You actually get your whole body into it. Bowling would have to be all time party favorite. It appeals to everyone.
My all time favorite game for the party crowd is Guitar Hero. You play simulated instruments along with your favorite rock songs for points. Everyone loves the guitar, but my favorite is the drums. I always wanted to be a drummer as a kid, and this gives me an opportunity to live that fantasy. You can compete in groups for points, and see who can come the closest to the song. To brush up on my skills, I joined a site created by Jon Kois, who is a established rock drummer to learn the basics of playing the drums. He has the best course for beginner drum lessons. Every week I get better at the game.
Even though traditional games can be great at a party, I find that playing videos games instead in a group environment can be more enjoyable. It gives people who don’t own a video game system an opportunity to enter that world, and it creates enough competition to give everyone something to talk about in the week ahead.