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Some of my best friends in the world do not play videogames. Todd, one of these best buds, has been known to give me a hard time about gaming, not to mention any other "geeky" activities/hobbies I might get involved with. His new wife Brandi occasionally plays her dad's Gamecube, but doesnt have much experience playing anything outside of Zelda. Lori just doesnt have alot of time playing anything under her belt.

 

Enter Mario Party 4. Somehow, I got Todd and Brandi to play Mario Party a few months ago and we had a blast. Recently, Lori and I were invited over to the newlyweds new pad, so I decided to bring my Cube. Let me tell you, we had a f'n blast. Nothing beats having a few drinks and then trying to play Trace Race, and no mini-game elicits laughter and screams like Booksquirm! We were having a great night until the downstairs neighbor came up and asked us to keep it down, she was trying to sleep. Then we realized we woke her up when we all sang Milli Vanilli's "Blame it on the Rain" in unison each time we played Blame it on the Crane :shock:

 

And last night, Brandi asked me to bring the Cube over again. We played some Mario Party, then I decided to slip in Beach Spikers. Guess what? I got'em again :D. Everyone, especially Todd, could not get enough of this game.

 

With the help of these multiplayer games, I've got 3 people playing games (and having fun) who would never even think of playing on their own. There's somehting about getting together and playing with a group of friends. Regardless if a console is online or not, there should be an equal attempt to provide multiplayer games where you and your friends play from the same room. I'm hoping that every next-generation console will have 4 controller ports.

 

Especially concerning my console of choice... we might not have many online capabilities here in Gamecube land, but some of these multiplayer games are where it's at if you can get the crew togehter. I'm thinking about busting out Super Smash Bros. the next time we get together, and maybe one day in the future try something like a first-person shooter :D

 

Got any multi-player favorites that you and your buds try to play regularly?

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For Christmas last year, my family and some friends rented a house in the mountains (we do every year) for the holiday. I brought the projector, a screen and the GameCube. I bought Monopoly Party just for this trip, we had fun playing it, even my 64 year-old mom loved it...but the real star was Super MonkeyBall 2, everyone wanted to try Target, or Bowling...and my sister and I cracked up while playing Monkey Fight.

 

I'm debating this year what system to bring. I'm leaning toward the Xbox, but the Cube in general has more family-friendly games...we'll see.

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I am a big fan of face-to-face multiplayer. Given the right circumstances it can rock hard. The Mario Party series is awesome for getting people hooked because it involves very little foreknowledge. Even Smash Bros requires a bit of a clue, but Mario Party is very pick up and play.

 

Beach Spikers is another great one and I could not be happier that I finally managed to finagle myself a copy. I mean, sure there are advanced moves, but if you can smack the A button, you can play this game. Lots of fun there too. Bomberman is always an excellent choice too, lots of mayhem from people who are far too cool to touch a game :P.

 

That said, Super Smas Bros is my favorite face-to-face multiplayer. I've played four player sessions that have easily gone five hours.

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Even Smash Bros requires a bit of a clue, but Mario Party is very pick up and play.

 

Beach Spikers is another great one and I could not be happier that I finally managed to finagle myself a copy. I mean, sure there are advanced moves, but if you can smack the A button, you can play this game.

 

Exactly. Simplicity has been key with this group of friends.

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Since I have few real friends who can visit me, one of the reasons I love the GameCube is that it travels so easily. I went on vacation recently and the console, two Wavebirds, GB Player, various connecting cables, even that monstrous power cord, all fit in a slim backpack. It was no problem bringing a couple dozen games either. Try that with an Xbox! The friend I was visiting was so impressed that he bought a GC the next week.

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Multiplayer for me hasn't meant on a console yet other than when we used to break out Goldeneye on N64. It has meant lan parties on PC with various games.

 

Our favorites are:

 

Revolt

Unreal Tournament(duh)

and as of late mostly Medal of Honor which does tend to make everyeone yell and scream. Words like Sniper!! get yelled alot as does "oh s&*t" as we tend to sneak and hide alot and do some cloak and dagger stuff.

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