Around Christmas I finally owned the trifecta of an Xbox 360, an Xbox Kinect AND some Kinect games all at the same time, and my eldest had been going nuts waiting for these factors to align so she'd have a chance to try out the Harry Potter Kinect game she saw I'd picked up... we'd finally hit on a TV stand solution we liked enough to commit to, after carving ventilation holes in the backs of several temporary attempts we ultimately moved on from, so I had a place where I could set up three systems on a semipermanent basis (WiiU, PS3 and Xbox 360 -- at least, until I can find an Xbox One) and store games for them... out of sight when not in use. Not as easy as it sounds! Ultimately we determined that our rumpus room is sliiiiiightly too narrow for the Kinect to reliably interpret your movements, but for a little while there we were living in the wild future of 2010. We discovered that my youngest has an incredible affinity for Dance Central! (I can't wait for May 4th to inflict the Star Wars variant on her!)
Anyhow, I'm burying the lede here on my blog that no one will ever see, but in a refusal to settle for an endemic new normal I'm now being a bit more creative about the brass tacks of putting on one of these vintage video games parties. Can I get all my friends stuffed into my house, in which we have been residing for a year and a half, which none of them have seen the inside of? Probably not safely. All right then, what can be done to keep them safe? Social distancing and good ventilation. OK then: outdoor video games party it is! We've got extension cords, we've got lawn chairs, and in the event of inclement weather, we've got tarps and canopies and even a gas-powered fire pit. Everyone do some hand hygiene between gamepad swaps (fortunately I don't have any mouth controls for any of my systems) and who knows, perhaps this can even be the opportunity to rig up a console to my old projector and play Katamari 30 feet high on the side of my house that I always dreamed of. Tentative date is Apr 2nd, check in with me that Friday to confirm!