Video Games on Rainy Days

Vaughn Duque

There are many things you can do in Oswego but when it’s raining your options can be limited. The campus does not shut down during rainy days so all the facilities around campus are most likely still open such as the gyms, the indoor courts (at their appropriate opening times), or even the pool. But my favorite rainy day activity to do is play video games.

Mario Party

Super Mario Party title screen

There are a few games I like to play when I have people over during a rainy day such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Gang Beasts. Now Mario Party is one of the best games to play with friends for the reason that it’s so simple to understand and there is so much variety in the mini-games they give you. The way Mario Party works is you get up to 4 players, you pick your characters and you select a board, and the board works like a board game board with spots that do different things some positive some negative. After every round you play a mini-game that they explain how to play before you do and you get to practice before your thrown in, which is such a good feature especially for people who aren’t too familiar with the controls. The main goal of the game is to collect stars and the star is held by a little character and when you get the star the little character moves to another part of the board. This game can get very intense, you can help others or (which is mostly the case) you can sabotage them and make them lose which doesn’t always end well if you sabotage the wrong person. 

Mario Kart

Mario Kart is such a classic game that’s been around since 1992. Mario Kart is one of the most popular multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch and for good reason. Mario Kart is very simple, you pick your driver and the courses and you’re off. Throughout the race you pick up item boxes that hold a variety of items to either benefit yourself or to spin out other players to get ahead of them. Me and my friends have been playing this game forever so it’s always an intense game to see who gets first. 

Gang beasts

Gang Beasts is not as popular as the other 2 but still as fun to play. You can get up to 4 people to play at a time and before you play you can customize your own little character. There are so many different options to choose from it’s always fun to see what people make. The game is quite easy to understand. All you have to do is be the last man standing and take out the other players so you can be. This game is also very funny looking with its ragdoll physics and the character’s noises they make. 

Minecraft

Image of Minecraft play screen

A game I play a lot with my roommate is Minecraft. Minecraft is an amazing game that you can continuously play for a long time. In Minecraft you can do whatever you want, you want to build a castle go ahead, wanna fight a dragon go ahead, it’s all about creativity and exploration. My roommate and I explore the world searching for certain items, it’s a little challenge. We get a list of 5 things in the game and go hunt for them and whoever finds them first wins. These challenges can take hours but they’re always fun. One of the best features of the game is you can connect to people from anywhere like let’s say your friends who live somewhere else. It’s a good game to play to stay connected with those people and just mess around in.