For the first time in my life, I got to meet a bunch of my family from my dad’s side. We had a great time talking at dinner, but we were throwing around ideas as to what to do as a family activity. I proposed Jackbox Party Pack 3, which was met by others with confusion and apprehension, likely because it was on one of those “Nintendos” that they couldn’t understand.
But I downloaded it anyway, since it was on sale. It took half an hour to download, and by the time it was downloaded everyone else was walking around, talking, and generally ignoring me even though I was trying to get everyone together to play it. But eventually everyone gathered around and figured out how to use their phones to play, and I started up a round of Quiplash 2.
Quiplash 2 works by having a group of three to eight people get on their phone, tablet, or computer and put in a code that appears on the screen. Each person answers two questions, each question being asked to two people. After that, the round starts, and everyone who didn’t submit a question gets to vote on what they think is funniest. Each vote gives that person points, and it isn’t revealed who wrote what until after all votes are in. The final round has everyone think of one answer, which then everyone votes on, excluding their own submission, of course.
There were three groups of people who decided to play as a team, and grandma didn’t have one of those “smart phone thingies,” leaving just four players. Because of this, two people came up with answers to questions, and two people voted, meaning that everything was either a tie or unanimous. Add to that technical issues leading to people not submitting stuff, and the game was off to a slow start. My cousin and his girlfriend left for a bit to “set up the N64” (aka make out), someone took a bathroom break, and once they got back we decided to try out Trivia Murder Party.
Trivia Murder Party is by-and-large a traditional trivia game where people choose their answer on their phone, but there are a few extra mechanics thrown in, such as how losers compete to keep their lives (or “lose a finger,” which means they can’t choose some answers), and become “ghosts” afterwards. Most of the game was pretty low-key, but it was funny when my cousin’s girlfriend killed two others, one of which was my dad, but he came back and won at the end by just a hair.
After that, we went back to Quiplash 2 for two more games, and this is when we really started having fun. We had everyone be individual and got grandma an iPad to use, which made things a lot more fun, and we also started choosing risque answers. Some of my favorites that I made were:
Q: What’s a bad first thing to say when entering a prison?
A: I’m single and ready to mingle.
Q: Where’s a bad place to store the nuclear codes?
Q: Make an acronym with these initials: R.D.S.
A: Really Dumb Sex
I won that game, and while my stepmom won the second and things were definitely winding down by the end, it was still a really fun time. It was a bit awkward positioning the Switch on the table so that everyone could see it, since we were in Washington and the dock was back at home in Ohio, but most of the information was on people’s phones anyway. I highly recommend Jackbox Party Pack 3, and I imagine any of the others, to anyone getting together with a bunch of friends and family that might not know how to play traditional video games, especially since it’s on sale on Switch now. It was a great example of how technology and video games can bring people closer instead of keep everyone apart.