The holidays are almost here and you’ve decided that you want to host some of your friends at your place for the occasion. You’ve got the food figured out and are confident that everyone will be willing to talk, but what are you all actually going to do at this party? Well, you could always break out some games. Just make sure that, if you do, you go with one of the following instead of falling back on Monopoly or Charades. Your guests will thank you (especially if you all enjoy video games)! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Five Uproariously Fun Multiplayer Games
December is here and that wonderful holiday season feel has come along for the ride! It may be a little early, but I’m already feeling the need to party! Hmm…putting together a real party takes time though, so how about some Mario Party instead? Any takers? Anyone? …Ah well. I’ve long been a fan of the Mario Party games, the N64 versions especially. I don’t know if it’s simple nostalgia or not, but there’s just something about the way these games played that still elevates them above the later entries in my book. Maybe it’s the way the boards always managed to throw wrenches into a games’ outcome. Maybe it’s the simpler game play they offer. Or perhaps it’s that their mini-games are still a blast to play, and the following five are the very best! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Mario Party’s 5 Best Minigames
If my most recent posts are any indication, I’ve had Destiny on the brain for the last several weeks or so. That hasn’t changed either; I’m thinking about how I want to to tweak my Iron Banner load-out even as I write this! Still, even with Destiny dominating the gaming portion of my brain, I have managed to pull myself away from it from time to time. Lately, those times have been to play Mario Party with my roommates (what could possibly go wrong). Mario Party being the way it is, things can, and often do, get ugly pretty quickly. I’m telling you, if we hadn’t been playing in another dimension, I doubt we’d still be living together. Continue reading Mario Party and Alternate Dimensions
Thanksgiving weekend is here at last (for those of us in the States that is), so the time has come to once again step back and reflect on what in our lives that we have to be thankful for. It probably goes without saying that anything to do with gaming should be pretty far down on that list for most of us. However, since this is a site dedicated to our shared of gaming, it feels fitting to take a moment to talk about a few of the games we’re thankful for. Honestly, it was kind of hard to pick just a few from the great many that I’ve played over the years, but I settled on picking the ones that have had the most impact on the me that’s living in 2015. They’re not all perfect games, but they are games that have been important to me in one way or another these past several months. Continue reading The Games we’re Thankful For
Last month, United We Game got together with the creative minds behind @1hour1sketch and offered up the topic “Mario Party,” which was hosted for one week on the art-directed Twitter site. During that week, response to the topic was fast and furious…and utterly AMAZING! Seriously, it was incredible to see so many different interpretations on a single idea, and we really appreciate everyone who contributed to the effort. If you’re not doing so already, please to follow @1hour1sketch on Twitter to keep up with all the great artwork that’s being submitted there. And while you’re at it, say hello to A4man (@AdsTra) and Fredrik Skarstedt (@Fredrik_S), the proprietors of the 1hour1sketch project.
For the past week, the wonderful and creative minds behind the Twitter art project @1hour1sketch (@AdsTra, @ Fredrik_S) have hosted the topic “Mario Party,” as chosen by UWG admins. The response was tremendous, and we just wanted to extend a generous THANK YOU to everyone who’s submitted drawings, tweeted and retweeted for us, and supported the project generally. @1hour1sketch is about more than just throwing up some artwork on the web; it’s about the best things the Internet offers: collaboration across real and imagined borders, sharing ideas and inspiring others, and becoming part of something that’s more than just the sum of its parts. @1hour1sketch has a long life ahead, and we here at UWG look forward to watching it grow and succeed.
As far as the “Mario Party” topic goes, it’s in its final throes on @1hour1sketch. A new topic will soon posted, but that doesn’t mean all your partying Marios need to be trashed! You can keep submitting your drawings on that topic (or really, any that they’ve posted), for as long as you want! Over the next two weeks, while we run a very special series on our favorite games, we’ll be keeping an eye out for new “Mario Party” drawings on @1hour1sketch, and then, on May 8th, we’ll feature them! Yep, that’s right, any “Mario Party” drawings that are already up or we catch from now till then will be posted (with appropriate Twitter handles and links) to UWG in a game art blog post to end all game art blog posts (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)! It’s our way of saying thanks to YOU! Yes, you who draw, sketch, and bring ideas to life!
So keep those pencils busy supporting @1hour1sketch, and if you decide to submit a “Mario Party” drawing, be sure to tag it with #UWG or @UnitedWeGame. Over the coming days, read along with us as we explore video games further (what we do best here), and then join us for the after-party… the after-Mario Party, that is, when we host your drawings in May.
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In cooperation with the creative genius known A4man (@AdsTra on Twitter) and whose work graces the Internet in only the most delightful of ways, United We Game is happy to announce that, as part of our month-long, first anniversary celebration, we’re taking part in 1hour1sketch! 1hour1sketch was created for bit of fun by illustrators A4man and Fredrik Skarstedt (@Fredrik_S). Inspired by the sketch dailies on Twitter they both wanted a challenge with the emphasis on sketch, meaning you only had a maximum of one hour to make a sketch based on a set topic. The more rough and sketch-like the better; using pencil and paper was encouraged. Within a week other illustrators joined in the fun, and now hobbyists and illustrators of all skill levels are getting involved in the challenge!