This year marks the first time I find myself in a relationship on Valentine’s Day since 2012. Despite this fun little factoid about my personal life, I’ll be spending it (mostly) on my own, as my better-half goes along to the cricket with her family. What’s a gamer boy to do?
If you’re like me and you’re faced with the reality of spending Valentine’s Day 2015 by yourself, here’s five ways to fill your day with fun activities (and possibly avoid all the lovey-dovey couples that will spread everywhere like a bad rash on Saturday).
Got any single friends? Invite them around to your place and have yourselves a good old fashioned multiplayer party! Or go to theirs instead; Either/or.
While couch co-op/multiplayer games are becoming increasingly rare these days, current-gen systems have some pretty great ones you can pick up for very little investment. One standout recommendation is the just-released #IDARB for Xbox One (which is currently free with an Xbox Live Gold membership), and is a game that plays best with three mates in the same room.
Add alcohol, pizza and snacks to the equation and you’ll find you’ll be having a much better time than most couples on their Valentine’s Day dates.
Grab a bunch of people, pile into a car and hit the road! Doesn’t matter where you go, just shut up and drive! Take a drive to a nearby beach, or head up to the windy mountains; The world is your oyster, and all that.
Roadtrips can overstay their welcome after a while, so don’t forget the variety of fun games you can play with your mates in the car. There’s the always popular punch-buggy, or singing a good old fashion round of ‘99 bottles of beer on the wall’. My personal favourite, however, is license plate spotting, where you try to spot all state and territory plates in one day. Succeed, and you’ll be awarded* an ice-cream sundae!
*You have to buy your own sundae, but it’s guilt-free!
Video games and alcohol go surprisingly well together, helping to create fun and energetic social environments. So it’s no surprise video game-themed bars have begun to gain popularity in the last decade, with a number of these types of watering holes popping up.
Below is a list of gaming themed bars you can find in each capital city:
Melbourne: Bartronica, Forgotten Worlds
Sydney: Spawn Point
Brisbane: Mana Bar
Adelaide: The Pad Bar
Sorry, Darwin and Hobart but Google searches yielded no results for you. As for Perth, someone on Twitter mentioned World 2-2, but couldn’t find any evidence of them online. Oh well.
We find ourselves smack in the middle of a golden age of entertainment consumption, where we can access literally thousands, if not millions of hours worth of TV shows and movies on a multitude of devices; From PCs, gaming consoles, smart TVs and phones. Why not use this privilege to your advantage and marathon watch your favourite TV shows or movies?
If you’re at a lost on how to access the most amount of entertainment content on your console, check out MMGN’s guide on getting Netflix and/or Hulu Plus up and running on PS4/Xbox One/Wii U. Or you could try the local, and just-released service, Stan.
Saving the best, and most obvious, for last. If you’re unable, or unwilling to do any of the above, or anything else that may come to mind, you should just stay home and play video games. This is what I’ll be doing, possibly speed-running Resident Evil HD for achievements, or continuing to play through Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze. Good times.