Ok, I already know what you’re going to tell me. You went outside, and the graphics were bad. I feel you. And I also know how incredible it was to get the rarest of drops in World of Warcraft last weekend after fifteen straight hours of Mountain Dew and determination, especially when no one else in the guild even got close.
Then again, you also know deep down that NO ONE ELSE CARES, unless they’re other gamers. Alliance or Horde means NOTHING out there, in the so called real world. Yet, sometimes, we must go there, apart from getting more snacks and drinks.
And that’s because no one else except your squad want to hear about Fortnite. I know you’re thinking it’s hard to put its greatness into words, but that’s not the only reason.
The best way to successfully maintain your gaming hours with minimum interference is to convince other people that you DO care about other activities. You’re a sociable kind of person. You just like playing games sometimes.
And while we’re talking about social, unless you want to get married on Second Life still, (please say you don’t), you’re just not going to get the girl, or the guy, sitting in your comfy recliner in front of a huge monitor, smashing Doritos, split screen, ten of you on Steam answering the Call of Duty… Sounds perfect? Want to top it off with a Star Trek marathon?
That’s not what she will think. If you’ve already got a partner, there’s only so much love can cover when you’re in that recliner. My friend, you’re going to have to go out and show the world that you’re a regular kind of person. You like going out and doing things. I had to do it last week. And I’m here to tell you it was OK. There was food and alcohol and an arcade, and it was inside, so that softened the blow. I’m not saying anyone should be skateboarding at Bondi.
But what I thought was going to just be an exercise in not gaming was actually, um, fun. And it happened at a venue with a bowling alley. Yes, you read that correctly. It wasn’t just bowling though.
My brother’s girlfriend decided to force him away from his PS4 for his birthday and held it at a bowling alley place called KingPin. She promised there’d be food, so I figured I’d give it an hour and then get back to the important things in life.
When I got there, it was totally different to what I thought. Yes, it is a bowling alley, but it’s got flashing lights and there’s music. And yes, I bowled. And it was fun, and I beat my brother 2 out of 3, so that alone was worth leaving the house.
Seriously though, the best part was the food. While the girls drank cocktails, we had some good beers, which always goes a long way to breaking the ice. There were burgers and a potato bar where you can load your own toppings. And nachos, if you can’t be without the corn chips. I stuck to the potatoes with chilli and beer. They were really, really good.
Interestingly, once we’d eaten, everyone was in a better mood and we ended up playing laser tag there. I got to shoot my brother IN THE FACE. That was a win. Some of his mates went to karaoke, and by the end, we finished up just chatting and catching up. It was really good.
And there’s an arcade. You can compete in Daytona games or show your mega-claw skills, (I have none) but it was good to see some screens. They had a bunch of other games as well, and I wanted my whole guild there to see what everyone thought.
I’m thinking I may even do it again. Australia is known as the 4th cheapest country in the world when it comes to spending on dates and relationships, BUT I noticed there’s a lot of deals where you get bowling/laser tag combos, so you can pretty much look like you’re flash and outgoing and do things, without spending too much. You can’t spend ALL your money on games, can you? Don’t answer that.
It’s the kind of place you could take a partner, or someone you would like to be your partner, just as a cute date. The variety of activities means you can’t get it wrong. Movies are just another screen, and don’t actually prove you can DO anything or have any ‘interests’.
No one says no to bowling and then there’s all the wine and dine impressive part, which is just that. They’d have to be impressed.
For now, there’s aliens that need shooting in Halo. Next week, though, I might just call up my brother for a rematch and a burger and let my mum play Crash Bandicoot for a few hours while I’m gone. Then everyone’s happy and after I knock down some pins, I’ll go knock down some more houses. Cos Fortnite.