Where does the common 'let's chill' go from here?
Besides the fact that I think gaming being 'as a way to hang out' is already a pretty mainstream thing, it's not quite publicly accepted as this yet. Soon, no longer will you see people inviting their friends around for a house party with a special Mario Kart drinking game focus, it'll just be expected that that's part of the gig.
Look at video game bars, for example. Here in Australia, we had things like the Pimp Pad, we've got Reloaded Bar, and the Beta Bar both traveling along very well. What's to stop that happening in your own lounge room?
So, besides the fact of house parties becoming more and more focused around a few online rounds of drunk Call of Duty or friendship-killing laps of Mario Kart on the N64, don't be surprised if your mates start inviting you over for a casual Dark Souls session or Super Meat Boy speed-runs.
Why are games becoming so popular as a way to spend time together? They're fun and not expensive. As a 23 year old myself, I had a bit of a sit-and-think about how my friends and I spend time together. Most of the time when my non-hardcore gamer mates ask to hang out, it's one of a few things:
- Movies ($25 AU average cost)
- Pool/Billiards with drinks ($30 AU average cost)
- Dinner ($35 AU average cost)
- 10-pin Bowling ($35 AU average cost)
- Drive through the lush Australian hills to get a burger at some random place in the ass-end of no-where ($60 AU average cost including fuel)
Now, those costs are just the basic adventures you have whilst at the establishment. Sometimes you feel the need to take the time to spruce yourself up, do your hair nicely to impress your cute friend-of-a-friend and then drive 25 minutes over to the place. Now let's take a look at a night of Call of Duty on the Xbox One online - if you're that way inclined. What kind of check-list would you adhere to?
- Track pants, check.
- Old band Tshirt, check.
- Two bags of Dorito's, check ($4 AU)
- 2L bottle of coke, check ($2 AU)
- Bag of mixed lollies, check ($2 AU)
- 6-pack of nasty beer from the bottle-shop ($10)
- I haven't showered today... Too much Axe deodorant, check.
And you're done! For the grand cost of $18 Australian Kangas, you can have yourself a lovely night at home playing a myriad of random games, watching Aunty Donna on YouTube and chatting about how you 'totally would have banged' that chick last weekend at the pub.
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