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If you’re looking for a new idea for a get-together, you should consider a video game party. Video games are now more popular than ever, and they are a great medium for socializing.
Have you ever considered hosting a video game party?
It is a great way to have some fun, catch up with your friends, and improve your gaming skills.
So how do you host a successful video game party?
We’ve prepared this guide to show you how to do it.
How To Throw The Best Video Game Party
The first thing to do is to prepare your space. It’s best to set up the party in your living room. You should have one or two consoles connected to your TV.
You should have as many video games as possible so that there’s a variety. Choose video games that involve as many players as possible so everyone can participate.
Here’s what else you need to know:
1. Food and Drinks
When choosing food and drinks for your video game party, you must keep in mind that your guests will be glued to the games. Some video games are so intense that if they take a break-even for a minute – it can set them back in the game.
You want to provide them with food to quickly grab and munch down with a few bites. Think about ordering pizza and chicken wings. You also want snacks such as chips, popcorn, and small candies. You should empty these into large bowls so your guests can grab them quickly.
For drinks, you should always have water, of course. But a video game party thrives best when there is plenty of soda. It will give your guests energy – which they’ll need for a long night of playing video games. Make sure to have ice and plastic cups for the drinks as well.
2. Choose Your Games
As we mentioned in the introduction, you want to have as many games as possible and various games. One thing that should remain constant is that your game selection should involve as many players as possible.
If you want a casual game night, especially if there are young children among your guests, you want to consider many of the classic Nintendo games. These include Mario Party, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart.
If you have an older crowd and are more competitive, you want to consider games such as Call of Duty and Halo.
3. Break Time
As playing video games can be taxing, you want to ensure adequate break time from playing. During this time, you might want to chat or watch videos. We suggest finding a great video or film to watch on Vimeo while you unwind.
In case your internet slows down, we suggest you read up on how to download Vimeo videos.
During the break time, you can order more food and drinks if you find that they are running low. If you are using a console to download games, this is the time to do it if you want to play a new game.
Downloading can take a long time, so you want to do it during your break.
4. Last Minute Preparations
You want to do a few last-minute preparations before your guests arrive. You want to check out if the consoles are working and are properly connected to your TV. That is why you want to have at least two consoles if one stops working at the last minute.
You want to check that your internet connection is strong, as some games depend on a good Wi-Fi connection. If your Wi-Fi is weak, make sure you have an internet cable as a backup.
Take a look at your fridge to make sure you have an adequate amount of snacks and drinks. If you are ordering food, you want to do it a few minutes before your guests arrive. That way, the food will arrive after they will and will be fresh.
If you are inviting many guests, you want to add them to a group chat, such as on WhatsApp or Telegram. Confirm their attendance on the night before and on the morning of the event.
Make sure to regularly provide them with updates – such as where to park, the food has been ordered, etc.
5. How To Be A Great Host
Being a great video game party host is like being a host for any other type of party. Make sure to greet your guests as they come in and offer them snacks. When it comes to choosing the games, give them a description of the selection of games, to have an idea of the type of game.
While you might prefer one game over another, remember that a gracious host puts his/her guest’s desires first. Go for the game that the majority of your guests wish to play.
If you find that your guests have difficulty with the game, lend them a helping hand. Offer them tips to navigate through the game and improve their skills.
Be sure to serve snacks and drinks to your guests. When they are into a game, they might be reluctant to take a break as they don’t want to fall behind in their gameplay. Read the room and provide snacks and drinks for them.
6. Have Other Activities
While video games are the central focus of your party, you want to have a few other activities to give your guests a break.
These can include tabletop games, card games, or even a space where they can listen to music and dance! Or you can have a corner where your guests can sit at a table and chat with each other.
Do what you have to to keep your guests entertained at all times. You’ll be sure to have a successful party!
See You At The Party
Now that you know how to throw a great video game party, you are ready to start preparing. Follow the steps in this guide, and you’ll throw an event that your guests won’t forget.
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