There’s no better time than now to dust off that old Nintendo and haul your prized collection of video games out of the closet, because National Video Game Day happens on July 8! (Its cousin, National Video Games Day, is Sept. 12.) Primarily utilized for recreational purposes (although professional gaming leagues do, in fact, exist), video games have taken our culture by storm over the last few decades. They’re exciting, they’re invigorating, but most importantly — they’re not just for kids. The very first video game ever invented involved table tennis and was played on an oscilloscope; today, there are over five million video games in existence. From high-speed racing adventures to perilous virtual dueling matches, there’s a genre of video games for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re young or old, meek or bold, let us unite with our fellow gamers and revel in the greatness of this special occasion.
Why We Love National Video Game Day
A. They’re timeless
Despite the never-ending technological advances our society has managed to accomplish (although we don’t have flying cars – yet), video games will never go out of style. If anything, they are only becoming more and more enhanced as time goes on. As long as we have consoles to play them on, no one can take our video games away from us.
B. They save us from boredom
Playing video games is hands-down one of the best ways to pass free time. Granted, there are certainly lots of other activities that could be used as time-fillers, but let’s be honest – why would we even consider these, when video games are an option? Plus, the adrenaline rush we get when we finally save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser is incomparable.
C. They teach us valuable life lessons
Believe it or not, you often find important life lessons in the most unlikely of places. Many video game characters possess distinct personalities, relationships, and aspirations, in which you are in charge of managing. Similar to real-life situations, you may frequently encounter thought-provoking scenarios, ultimately creating their destiny.
How to Celebrate National Video Game Day
1. Gather a group of your closest friends and have an all-day video game marathon
Take a sick day from work (or if your boss is super chill – just let ‘em know you’re calling out because it’s Video Game Day), whip out Mario Kart 64, and get ready to party like it’s 1999. Albeit this game could easily be played for 12+ hours, it’s always nice to have a couple of different ones for your enthusiastic guests to choose from.
2. Visit a video game themed bar
If all of your buddies are working or have otherwise mundane responsibilities to take care, all is not lost. Look for the nearest video game themed bar, assuming you are 21-years of age, and head out to mingle amongst your true video game comrades. Perhaps you’ll even make a couple of new friends!
3. Dress up as your favorite video game character
Who cares if you’re an adult? Today is dedicated to having a good time! Whether you consider yourself more of a Luigi or a Nathan Drake, putting together the costume is half the fun (the other half? Showing it off, of course).