Are you looking to have your friends over for a night of gaming they’ll never forget? Do you want to take your game nights to the next level? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about hosting gaming night the right way.
Doing so can help you learn about new ways to entertain your guests. Rather than just sitting down in front of a TV or computer screen, you’ll have the party snacks and games ready to go.
See below for an in-depth guide on all of the different facets to consider when you host a game night with you and your friends.
1. Choose Your Game(s)
Every great party (gaming party or not) starts with an underlying theme. It sets the tone for the night and shows all your guests that this won’t just be their average get-together.
Before you make any other plans for the party, choose the video games that you will be playing. For some of you, this will be easier than others. For example, if you’re inviting all your Call of Duty friends over, it’s a no-brainer what game they’ll be interested in playing—Call of Duty.
For others of you, the answer isn’t as cut and dry. We recommend starting with some of the classics, such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, Madden, or FIFA. If you can’t decide between a few, text those that you’re planning to invite and ask for their opinion.
Before hosting everyone, make sure that the game operates as it should, otherwise it can put a damper on your party. For example, you don’t want to experience Minecraft multiplayer lag during your Minecraft-athon party.
Our personal recommendation is to switch it up. Have a few different games lined up to keep the party fresh and exciting, not repetitive and mundane.
2. Create the Optimal Setup
The most commonly overlooked aspect of gaming parties by far is space. Far too many hosts just rely on the current space within their living room, man cave, bedroom, or wherever else they typically play their video games.
But this isn’t an average occasion, is it? This gaming party will be bigger and better, meaning that exceptions need to be made.
First, get a solid headcount of those that will be attending. You’ll probably get a few “maybes” at first, so just treat those as “yes’s” for spacing purposes. If they don’t end up coming, then your guests will have even more space.
Now that you have a headcount, make sure you have a comfortable seat for every one of your guests and more. The floor is not a legitimate seat. Having a couch/chair for everyone will make them feel welcome and expected.
Guests sometimes bring friends to bigger parties that you weren’t expecting. For example, one of your buddies might bring someone that he’s gone on a few dates with.
Next, think about TVs and systems. If you’re hosting a tournament-style (like a FIFA tournament), then consider setting up a few different areas/rooms where the games can be played simultaneously. That way, you can get in more than one tourney that night!
3. Prepare Your Party Snacks and Games
There’s nothing more damaging to a party than not having the proper amount of snacks for your guests. It almost guarantees that your guests will leave sooner, thus ending your party before it’s able to get started.
First things first, set the menu. Think of a few different snacks that you can make in bulk that also appeal to the masses. We recommend having 2 options for finger foods, 2 options for chips, and 2 options for dessert.
You can also go the extra mile by creating snacks that line up with the game you’ll be playing. For example, if you’re hosting a Madden tournament party, then you can’t go wrong making any of these football-shaped foods! Don’t just make a mad dash to the store. Plan your snacks and have them ready by the time your guests arrive!
4. Have a Non-Gaming Section
Here’s the cold, hard truth about your gaming party: not everyone will want to play the game. Some people will be there for other reasons, such as your buddy’s girlfriend, the guy/gal in your circle of friends that don’t play video games, etc.
That doesn’t mean they don’t want to be part of the fun! Make sure that you have a designated area where gaming won’t be taking place. That way, people can sit there and socialize, if they so choose.
Remember, go back to point #2 on this list and provide plenty of seating in your non-gaming section, although you only need a few chairs (to encourage people to primarily hang in the gaming area).
5. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Seriously… is it even worth winning a gaming tournament if there’s no prize at the end? We didn’t think so! That said, there are a few different ways you can pull this off—it doesn’t have to be money.
First, you could go the traditional route by purchasing a gift card to be awarded to the victor. But here’s the catch: it has to be a gift card that everyone likes, which can be tricky!
You could also start a tradition by creating a trophy or championship belt to be given to the winner. This will encourage other parties in the future, where the trophy/belt will hopefully be won by someone else!
Take Hosting Gaming Night to the Next Level
Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on hosting game night and how to create a gaming party that no one will ever forget, be sure to use this information to your advantage.
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