It’s that time of year again, when ghouls walk the streets, sweeties are consumed by the bag load, and playing a scary videogame seems like a good idea…
What are you doing this Halloween? For many people, it is the perfect time to sit and watch a scary movie with friends. But for us gamers, it makes more sense to have some like-minded buddies around and put on a scary videogame. Here are a few tips to make your Halloween evening as scary, and fun, as possible:
Set the scene!
Your usual gaming area may well be considered by some as scary already, but there is nothing to say that the atmosphere can’t be ramped up with a few props. Halloween decorations are still readily available, and investments in some spiderwebs, or perhaps a few skulls, can certainly set the scene. Don’t forget to hide a few surprises around the area, just for fun.
Food is essential to keep any gathering happy. However, manipulating a controller whilst eating chicken chow mein is not easy. Think snacks or foods that can easily be stuffed in the mouth whilst simultaneously fighting off the demon hordes. Bowls filled with popcorn, crisps or some kind of healthy alternative are a good idea, although don’t be surprised to see these flying around the room when the action heats up. Pizza is always popular when something more substantial is needed, and there is no law saying you can’t terrorize the pizza delivery boy (probably).
Nothing says Halloween like dressing up, and nothing says a gaming Halloween better than a bunch of ghosts and ghouls sitting on the sofa, enjoying a good game. Perfecting your Pyramid Head costume may invite nods of respect from fellow gamers (and a possible arrest if out in public), but even a simple sheet with holes cut out can do the trick. Just make sure the sheet is clean…
Pick the right games!
The most obvious game for this Halloween would have to be Bethesda’s The Evil Within. It has plenty of scares and can be just as enjoyable watching the game as playing it. However, older games such as the classic Silent Hill or Alan Wake are always a good choice, and games that involve more than one player like Resident Evil 5 or 6 would be fun. Towards the end of the evening, when all chaos will inevitably break out, it may be time to drop the scares in favor of pure multiplayer fun and party games. The Nintendo Wii U is home of the best party games, with the likes of Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Land and Wii Party U all firm favorites at parties.
Turn out the lights!
Yeah, I know. Videogames should always be enjoyed responsibly in a well lit area. But simply turning off the lights for a short time during a particularly scary game will amplify the terror and build on the atmosphere. Also, a well thrown Malteser can have hilarious consequences in the dark.
Due to trick or treating responsibilities, GGUK had their Halloween gaming gathering last night. Domino’s provided the pizza, which was enjoyed by everyone, and some epic gaming was had. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 night vision goggles were used extensively for laughs, and there may have even been an incident in which a Wotsit found its way into someone’s nostril. Yeah, it was silly, but great fun.
A big thanks go out to Domino’s for their delicious pizza and the hugely entertaining pack they sent us. If you want a pizza the action this Halloween (get it?), head over to www.dominos.co.uk/store, and also check out the Domino’s Blog – a place for pizza lovers.