How to Host a Video Game Party this Summer

What time better than summer to host a video game party? Warm weather, no school, and best of all, all your friends are free to have fun! The best way to spend your time this summer is to invite your friends over for an unforgettable party filled with games, snacks, and lasting memories. You can’t go wrong with that.

Choose your games, wisely

The most important component to a video game party is well, the games you pick. It can change the mood of the party so you want to select something that everyone will enjoy. A good tip is to ask your friends what games they would like to play before the party. If you like battling your friends as different characters, then Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be the one for you.

If you enjoy playing solo and don’t mind sharing the controller, maybe you’ll enjoy a first person shooter. Just make sure whatever game you pick, charge your controller beforehand so the fun doesn’t have to stop. Ask your friends if they want to bring their own console, so if you have more than one, then the bigger the fun!

Snack it up

The best part of having all your friends around, is treating yourselves to delicious snacks. From chips to pizza, a party is time to let loose and eat food as good as the activities. If your party is themed then experiment with cool recipes to go along with it.

You can even have some fun with your food-choices and maybe combine some of your favorite snacks –– into one! Fried mac-n-cheese sticks anybody? Things could get messy, and since most of your guests aren’t gonna be eating with both hands, try to go for finger foods. That being said, try to make sure you’re well-stocked on plates, cups, and napkins. It’s a good idea to keep your food in a separate area so clean up will be easier.

What’s your theme?

Choose your own adventure, or in this case – a theme. Having cool decorations can add the finishing touches to elevate a party and create an experience. For a video game party, there’s so much you can do other than a few balloons. If you’re going for a Minecraft theme, try to find smaller cardboard boxes and have your friends try to build a fort. Speaking of forts, try to find some water guns and have your own Fortnite battle with your friends. Think of the details of your favorite game and try to make it a reality.

How we can help

A lot of planning goes into throwing a fun video game party so it’s best to not save things until the last minute. GameTruck Atlanta can help your party go smoothly and make sure that your guests have a blast. Give us a call at (866) 253-3191 or visit us on our website to start planning the ultimate party of the summer.

Guide to the Hottest Battle Royale Games

Battle Royale games are HOT right now. Players love the excitement of being on a battlefield with dozens of other players all searching for loot and looking to come out on top. But these survival games are different than a normal first-person shooter where skill mostly determines the winners and losers. Game developers have added variations to each game, like different types of loot and playable characters which makes them more about strategy than ability. Here is our guide to the most popular battle royale games at GameTruck Richmond.

Fortnite

Fortnite: Battle Royale started out as an internal game developed by Epic Games. It might look a little different from the original concept of the game that was announced in 2011. Fortnite: Battle Royale pits you against 99 other players that airdrop onto an island from the “Battle Bus”. A storm slowly engulfs the island which forces the players into a smaller and smaller area. Your goal: be the last player standing. In order to compete, you must search your surroundings for traditional weapons that are color coded. The colors indicate the item’s power and rarity. The game features a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective. It gives you a better view of the environment, but it can also make it harder to aim.

Once you land, you have no weapons – you start with a pickaxe to demolish your surroundings and find items. The building mechanics and ability to destroy are what set this game apart from other battle royal games like Apex Legends and Blackout. Just about everything in the game can be destroyed, and as you break structures down, you gain materials to build walls, floors, roofs, and stairs that protect you from or help you to get over your enemies.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play, and Epic Games makes two player-versus-environment editions: standard and deluxe.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: Blackout

Blackout is the battle royale extension of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It builds on the already successful Call of Duty franchise, so players will find familiar locations and scenarios, for example, zombies appear in its player-versus-environment mode. Blackout has a greater sense of realism than Fortnite or Apex Legends. It’s $60 price tag might be a little hefty compared to the other games on this list – especially because the other two are free to play. But if you already are a fan of the Call of Duty franchise and own Black Ops 4 then it’s a welcome addition to the game.

While some of the maps, characters, and weapons are from Call of Duty, this game is no slouch in terms of excitement and playability. In this battle royale, you fight against 99 other players in the same field. There always new modes being added like Team Deathmatch and Close Quarters Frenzy.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available for purchase, or you can download it from your console’s store.

Apex Legends

EA and Respawn Entertainment’s free-to-play battle royale is Apex Legends. Set in the Titanfall universe, players form squads of 3 battle against 19 other teams each match. In Apex Legends, you’ll see the same sci-fi weapons from Titanfall. You can add attachments to those weapons to make them better, and it enhances the gameplay. These attachments come in three levels of quality: common, rare, and epic. For example, if you find a rare magazine attachment it will add higher capacity and faster reloads to your weapon.

What separates Apex Legends from other games is that it’s essentially a hero shooter. When you form your squad, you choose a character, and each character has its own unique characteristics and abilities. Therefore, playing to the characters’ strengths, and strategically forming your team are essential when playing this game.

Apex Legends is free to play, and it can be downloaded from the official website here.

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With GameTruck Richmond’s online gaming upgrade, you can experience Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Blackout for up to 20 of your friends. You’ll also get to try out other cool multiplayer games like Roblox, Splatoon 2, and Battlefront 2. For pricing and options, book here or call (866) 253-3191.

5 Tips For Hosting The Best Video Game Party

Coming up with fun and original kid birthday party ideas can be difficult, so GameTruck Richmond has come up with a few tips to help you out. Video game parties can be an excellent opportunity to show off your creative side and experiment. Incorporate your kid’s favorite games into your party to make this personalized bash a hit. The smile on your guest’s faces will be worth the effort you put in to ensure everyone has a great time.

Pick A Theme

Throwing a general video game party can be challenging to prepare for because it’s such a broad genre. Choosing a cohesive party theme gives you the opportunity to take some inspiration from the games to improve your party. For kids birthday parties Nintendo characters like Mario and Donkey Kong are always a popular option.

Snacks

Creative treats for your bash will push your party over the top. Instead of laying out pretzels and chips experiment with different twists on classic party foods to serve. Placing out some snacks in the shape of a character is a simple and eye-catching way to spice up a party. Amy’s Party Ideas does a great job of incorporating themes when it comes to treats.

Decorations

Decorations are the finishing touch that makes or breaks your party. Going all out on decorations can create a fun environment where everyone feels fully immersed in the gaming experience. If you want to throw a Mario themed party, place some piranha plants around and they’ll be sure to be a hit. Take the small features of a game and figure out a way to incorporate them into your party.

Games

Choosing a good selection of games is what turns a hangout into a full-on party. Online multiplayer games are not fun or engaging options in a group environment and can be a rookie mistake. Instead, games like Minecraft or Mario Kart ensure everyone can have a great time gaming together.

Prizes

Go out and get some prizes ahead of the bash for the highest scoring players. Reward them with something fun and simple like an action figure of a crowd-favorite video game character. This extra treat will serve as an incentive to do well and motivate the group while competing to win!

We’ve Got Your Back

A party like this requires particular attention to details and a lot of preparation which can be time-consuming. GameTruck Richmond wants to help make your party planning a little bit easier so that you can have a blast too. Call us at (804) 938-1337 or visit us here to get started! We’ve got your back and will ensure your video game party is one to remember.