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#1 sweep  Moderator

Since moving to the southern hemisphere 6 years ago I haven't really cared for it, as Halloween takes place right at the end of spring/start of summer, and without the autumnal seasoning it feels weirdly forced and commercial.

On the flip side though, I get to dress up my dog like a crocodile.

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With lockdown in Australia gradually easing to the point that we're allowed vaccinated guests in our homes, combined with the timely release of Mario Party Superstars, it looks like we're going to be hosting a Mario Party Party in the immediate future. Because we're adults and we have identification to prove it, we're planning on involving alcohol in some shape or form in order to enhance the Nobody Wins-ness by allowing the sense of exasperation and regret to physically remind the participants of their poor life choices the following day.

So I guess my question here is: Are there pre-defined drinking games? The obvious one seems like "Every time you get a star you take a shot" - preferably of something thematic like Fireball whiskey. This would work because:

  1. In a typically Mario Party match you're unlikely to gain an amount of stars that would result in alcohol poisoning (ie less than 15)
  2. You're punished for stealing stars from other players. Real-time karma.
  3. Gives a natural handicap to the more experienced players who might take an early lead
  4. The arbitrary nature of star rewards means everyone is likely to end up drinking something regardless of how good they are at the game

But before we lock in this transparently stupid idea, I wanted to see if there's an alternative way to do this. Thoughts?

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I've found that the games themselves became less important than the social experience of playing them as a group - for months my primary form of social interaction was playing WoW or PUBG, without really worrying too much about what I was doing or whether we were winning, but just having that common interest with a group of friends who I could talk to and interact with. In that regard I found that my desire to play games alone, or to play single player games, has been greatly diminished - without the social aspect games occasionally just feel frustrating and arbitrary.

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@sweep: what are your top 5 "objectively good" animes ? i need tha deetz

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken is probably my favourite of the past few years - it's got a great art style, as well as being pretty informative when it comes to anime production, and I like the atypical character design as well.

I don't have the energy to give you a full list, but that's a pretty solid jumping off point.

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I haven't watched an entire playthrough since the Persona 4 Endurance Run for exactly that reason. If I want to play a game I'll buy it and play it myself. If I don't want to play it then I'm unlikely to want to watch someone else play it either.

But I'm basically an old man at this point, I don't have the energy to spend hours watching livestreams. I find most popular streamers to be obnoxious, usually because they're barely out of the fucking womb, with the world experience of a gnat. Give me a condensed 10 minute highlight video and I'm all set. Anything beyond that is gratuitous.

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Danny Devito as Toad > Danny Devito as Mario > Danny Devito as Wario

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Just put the entire cast of Always Sunny in it.

I'm actually fine with this.

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I think Melee takes it by nature of it being the only game on that list to take advantage of the 4 controller ports on the front of the console - for me the gamecube was always a social machine, and is the champion of local co-op, so I think Melee (or Double Dash which you've put right at the bottom of the list) takes the crown.

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I don't think any world war 2 game has ever been influenced by Saving Private Ryan, which I've always thought was weird.

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@sketchaetch: Did a little research on reddit, seems like there are plenty of people with the same issues you're having. I've just read several threads from people saying they've had their 2FA authentication circumnavigated and disabled without receiving any warnings or messages from Sony. Apparently it's possible to call up sony support, pretend to be someone else using very limited information (Name, DOB, address, etc) tell them you've lost your phone and then blag your way through security until they give you the keys to the account.