December 16, 2008

Best Video Games to Play While Drinking

golden_tee01.jpgWe've made no secret of the fact we're gamers here at the Liquor Snob offices, but it dawned on us today that we've never given enough love to our gaming readers, or games in general. We found a great article about the best games to play while you're drinking or drunk, and we thought their criteria were pretty dead-on. After all, we tend toward RPGs when we play, but who wants to end up like this guy?

Let's start with our target audience. They're not going to be able to focus for extended periods of time, so you need something that only demands brief bursts of coordination followed by plenty of downtime. That's key, because they're going to need a chance to sip from their drink. Hopefully they're not drinking alone, so downtime also gives them a chance to shift their attention back to the conversation, or, failing that, give them the opportunity to start one. Finally, their reflexes are generally going to be utter crap. People don't like to lose, particularly when they're drunk, so we need to plan for that as well. Our target player wants something that enhances the drinking experience without overriding it.
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Also, for your convenience, we've pulled out some of their recommended games, along with the reasons why they're awesome to play when you're sauced.

At a Bar
You're out, it's Happy Hour or later, and you're sick of craning your neck at the TV. What do you do, rookie? What do you do?

  • Bowling or Golf: Almost every bar has Golden Tee or the like; just spin the track ball, watch a replay, take a drink. Boozer's nirvana when gaming outside the house.
  • Hunting Games: Buck Hunter and its ilk are dead boring when you play them sober, but take a few drinks and suddenly you're Rambo, saving the world from the threat of deer.
  • Trivia: This is an old standby for a reason - it's the ultimate social game as you and your friends can work together to find the right answers.
  • Picture Hunt: This is our own addition to the list, but we can't tell you how many times we've been huddled around one of those machines at the end of a bar, trying to spot differences between two pictures of a woman in a bikini.

On a Console
Whether you're pre-gaming before a night out, or staying attached to a controller for the long haul, video gaming is a crucial part of the drinking-at-home experience.

Their Picks
Team Fortress 2 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3) - As the medic, "All you have to do is run around loosely aiming at people with the health gun and you're doing a great job."

Warhawk (Playstation 3) - "f you're feeling particularly inebriated, many weapons and turrets feature a locking design. You just hold down the button, aim in someone's general direction and start firing missiles."

You Don't Know Jack Series

Singstar Series

Our Picks
Game Party 2 (Wii) - play all kinds of drunk-friendly games, including Ping Cup, known to the rest of the world as Beirut.

Halo 3 (Xbox 360) - Probably a bit better for your hardcore gamers who like to drink, this is still a fun damn game even if you're getting your face shot off.

Soul Caliber 4 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3) - Fighting games have been part of the drinking gamer's arsenal for years, and this one doesn't disappoint. Scantily clad women, Star Wars characters, and the ability to sneak a drink between rounds. What's not to love?

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 16, 2008 10:39 AM
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