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Gaming is a social experience for many of us, and can also be a way
to vent our anger and frustration. That makes at least 2 things that
video games and alcohol have in common (they’re also both fun!). So
since many reader are old enough to legally drink, and those who
drink probably like to play games at the same time, here’s a list of
the top games to play while drinking (or drunk). I also have drink
suggestions to go along with each game, in case you’re sick of all that
Keystone Light (ugh).
6. Rayman Raving Rabbids
Anyone who’s played this game knows that it’s completely ridiculous.
The mini-games are bizarre, the little rabbid creatures belong in an
insane asylum, and Rayman doesn’t even have legs. But as silly as this
Wii series is, it sure is fun. Get a little tipsy and those balance
games, racing games and dance games become a lot more difficult, and a
lot more enjoyable. This is a game that’s as funny to watch drunk as it
is to play. Other mini-game collections like Mario Party or Super
Monkey Ball also work well, but the humor & well-done motion
controls for this one may it highly recommended.
The chef recommends: Hard Lemonade/ Smirnoff Ice (we’re starting you off easy)
5. Halo 3
Ever get annoyed playing Halo 3 online? With the legions of 10-year
olds, racists, and plain stupid people, it’s hard to not hate some of
the other players. But if you can’t beat em, join em. After the first
couple drinks, you won’t mind their obnoxious comments anymore. After a
couple more, you’ll start to enjoy their idiocy, and with your
inhibitions gone, you’ll start to openly mock and taunt them. Which is
where it really gets fun, because they always respond with more hate
and ignorance. Which is only funnier to you, and inspires you to insult
them even more. Just don’t have so many that you start losing: smug
10-year olds aren’t nearly as fun as whiny-loser 10-year olds.
The chef recommends: Rum & Coke (tastes great, & makes you feel like a pirate as you steal their kills)
4. Mario Kart
You can pick whichever version you want here, they’re all fun and
they all play well when you’re gone. Mario Kart is one of the best
social games out there, thanks to its 4-player split-screen, the
easy-to-learn gameplay, and the fact that the game rewards better items
to people who are losing, to help them catch up. And when the four of
you start getting really tipsy, there will be a lot of catching up to
do. It’s like drunk-driving without all that realism stuff to make you
feel guilty. And nuking your friend with a blue shell feels so much
more satisfying when you can’t really see it hit. I also took the
liberty of testing this theory on Blur (the upcoming Mario Kart-style street racer), and it works just as well under the influence.
The chef recommends: Cocktails (for drinks as colorful & exotic as the game’s tracks & characters)
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
This one isn’t often a social game, at least not offline. But then
again, drinking isn’t always social either. GTA IV is the best venting
game I’ve ever played, with its satisfying explosions, destructible
cars, and civilians that always run away (so you can enjoy hunting them
down and killing them). Add in some alcohol after a long hard day, or
after seeing your favorite sports team blow it, and you’ll be happily
(and drunkenly) blasting away in no time. Now as far as what you should drink, this one is easy. When in Rome…
The chef recommends: Vodka (shots or straight from the bottle, no sissy mixed drinks here)
2. Gears of War 2
This is the perfect game for a night with your bros. Kick back in
your favorite chair, crack open a Heineken, and start chainsawing those
alien bitches. Life doesn’t get any better, does it? Make sure you
aren’t playing the online competitive modes while drunk, those are hard
enough already. But if you’re blowing through the campaign or toughing
it out in Horde mode, some liquid courage always helps. The game is
already over-loaded with testosterone and rage, so why not add some of
The chef recommends: Beer (bottle or cans, preferably in large quantities)
1. Super Smashed Bros.
No, that is not a typo: Nintendo purposefully named the game “Smash”
Bros. so it would become a hit at colleges across the world. Smash
Bros. is a game that anyone and everyone can enjoy, no matter their
age, gender or skill at gaming. And the game is still as accessible and
fun when you’re all smashed. This isn’t a game where you need to pull
punches, drink as much as you want. If you get too wasted to function
in the game, just switch your character to a level 9 computer player.
Your friends probably won’t notice, so you can laugh as it kicks their
drunken asses. Smash Bros. encourages you to find your own style and
preferred character, and for the drink here, I’ll leave you some leeway
to do the same.
The chef recommends: Mixed drinks (favorite hard liquor + favorite pop/soda/juice)
This piece was originally posted at ResumePlay.net. If you liked this article, check ResumePlay next week for more of their Saturday Social pieces.
Disclaimer: I (and the website this was originally posted at, ResumePlay) do not condone underage or binge drinking. Just responsible or hilarious drinking.