Whether board games, card games, video games or virtual, we wanted to share some of our favorites old and new that are in heavy rotation here at home. Swipe through our slideshow below to see which current merrymaking picks made the JAM cut.
We found a party compendium card game set including classics like charades, name that song, name that person and trivia questions all in one little box called "Games Room," which makes it easy to play on the dining table during a meal whether just our household or on Zoom with friends for a virtual game night dinner. Also pictured above is JAM's Scrabble travel edition (another classic), which is just as compact, foldable and easy to move around.
Good old fashioned corn hole - actually works indoors or anywhere outside with barely a set up except laying it down. It's alarming how competitive and fun throwing a little bean bag into a cut out hole in a slightly raised wood panel can be. Another body moving competition is the original, old school Twister which can get as challenging as holding advanced yoga poses.
VIDEO GAMES! Nintendo Switch, the impossible to get PS5, Animal Crossing, Among Us, Fortnite, Legends of Zelda, Overwatch, Roblox, Minecraft,...being at home more and being able to play virtually has made these games more popular than ever.
Arcade games - we love a noisy, lit up room full of stand up, cabinet, interactive video games but not sure that the arcade game room model will ever work again much like movie theaters and bowling alleys, at least not in the same way. We were lucky enough to find and sign up for a 90-minute session in our very own private arcade made for these times. Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Dance Dance Revolution, street racing, side by side basketball hoops, and so much more never felt so special.
Minecraft is a video game developed by Mojang. It was created by Markus Persson in 2009 and was originally called Cave Game. This one is quite different than other online games where you create things and build structures because you also have to gather resources to build those structures. And the creations one can make are infinite. There are an endless amount of books and resources dedicated to the secrets of the creative trade.
It has always been a simple looking game, with very basic block shapes making up the entire world and the graphics made to look like pixels. This allows it to do incredible things with its very limited visuals. It also allows changes to be made easily and at less expense than they would for a more modern looking game. Players can build homes, cities, worlds, entire universes along with purchasing mods that enhance the design feature capabilities. Minecraft has 126 million monthly active users as of as of 2020 and is as popular as ever.