Despite what the title of this article might suggest, I'm not much of a drinker. I have the occasional glass of wine or a few whiskeys now and then but mostly, I like to remain sober. Though, when it comes to games there are a few titles that are best served cold... with ice... and alcohol (Before you start questioning my sobriety... and sanity, I'm going to swiftly move on).
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Naturally, any title that incorporates bright flashing images, ridiculous game mechanics or hilarious qualities is an ideal drunken activity to partake in with your friends, which is why my first mention is any WarioWare game.
You can sum up this franchise with one word; bizarre. Playing these games sober is a challenge in itself, let alone attempting to play after a few beers. Each three to five second mini-game starts and you have to first work out what the controls are and then work out what the objective is.
It's the gaming equivalent of someone shouting "Think Fast!" then throwing you a ball - sometimes out of sheer blind luck you catch it and other times you're lying flat on your face with the imprint of a ball on your newly concussed head.
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Speaking of a bunch of uncoordinated players frantically mashing a controller... Super Smash Bros. Melee certainly lives up to it's name.
You literally smash the buttons on the controller in an attempt to ascertain which character you're playing as, what's going on on the screen, how you just performed that awesome move and why Kirby just ingested Link and several Pokémon have appeared.
It's utter chaos - albeit pretty, colourful chaos full of fan-favourite Nintendo characters, but chaos nonetheless. Everything that happens on screen is a blurry haze so you might think that adding alcohol to the mix is perhaps not the best idea... oh, how wrong you are.
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A game I've played into the early hours of the morning with previous housemates is Left 4 Dead. Even better if you live with someone who has a projector and an empty white wall. Killing zombies becomes a comforting, methodical action and strangely addictive when you've come home from a night at the pub.
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When people are GUI (Gaming Under the Influence), their inhibitions are down so naturally their confidence sky rockets - you let go any hang-ups you might have, take risks like running out in the open, scoring twice the amount of kills than you would have biding your time using active camouflage and subterfuge. You're also subconsciously aware that you have to concentrate a little more and this can make some people a far better gamer.
Or so you think at the time.
In reality, despite the fact you're probably racking up more kills than usual, you're also more likely to run into the line of fire, cause several friendly fire incidents or accidentally betray a team member with a sticky grenade. That, and you've also been muted by any player you've encountered due to your incessant intoxicated ramblings.
If you're the type who personifies the "I don't shut the hell up when I've been drinking" handle then there is one game I haven't mentioned yet which is probably ideal for you. The Rockband franchise is wonderfully social and you are actively encouraged to make noise, true, this might mean out of tune singing and the plastic sound of clicking but when combining this with alcohol... it sounds AMAZING, except to the one sober person in the room (I'm so sorry).
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Ordinarily, I don't recommend singer player gaming in a room full of people - it's rude, selfish and boring for everyone else - but there are some exceptions which are just as fun to watch as they are to play. Possibly the best communal single player games to play are open sandbox games like GTA. Hours of fun seeing who can last longest without getting caught by the police or pull off the most impressive stunt. Just remember to pass the controller around the room and keep the wine flowing.
On the subject of stupid people, one thing to consider if you choose to drink when playing a Kinect or Wii title - Don't fall into your TV or have an accident like these idiots:
Remember, with copious amounts of alcohol, comes great responsibility. Be advised that everything should be enjoyed in moderation, even gaming. Max Payne will speak to that.