Today is the All Fun and Games Blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh where the participants name their three favorite games to play. Board games, video games, mind game— anything goes!
But as I have a small problem with exclusion where blogfests are concerned, I'm doing this a bit differently. I'm going to share with you my three favorite board/card games, and video games and game shows and then, just for a little something more, I'm going to pick three random games.
So let's get started...
Here are my three favorite board/card games:
1. Scrabble: In particular, Theme Scrabble games where we select a theme before we play and every time we put down a word that relates to the theme, we receive a fifty point bonus. I'm partial to the Dirty Word Scrabble games even though I never win those (my brother is the undisputed champion of Dirty Word Scrabble, something of which I know he's immensely proud). We've also done Harry Potter Scrabble and Whedonverse Scrabble.
2. Uno: I love playing Uno so, so much. It was the card game of choice in the school where I used to teach and we played with a very ruthless set of house rules. It made for some very intense games in my classroom. Of course, as the teacher in a room full of delinquent students who hated authority, I was almost always the target of the Draw Fours and draw twos and skips but it only made it that much sweeter when I won.
3. Apples to Apples: I had a hard time filling the third spot because I also love Taboo and Scene It! but I had to give the coveted final space to Apples to Apples because it is such a fun, fun game. I've played this with students and I've played this with friends and we always have a gut-busting good time. If you've never played it, I highly recommend it. I also recommend playing this game drunk because then it seems to become downright hysterical. The Heather, this one's for you: When I think of virtuous, I think of the common loon... (yeah. You definitely had to be there for that one).
My Three Favorite Video Games
1. The Adventures of Zelda: In any format. I talked about my obsession with these games during the A to Z Challenge back in April. If you missed it, here's a brief recap: I love this game. It's one of my more pathetic life goals to some day defeat this game. I sadly haven't managed to do it yet. Even with the step by step cheat sheet I downloaded off the internet.
2. Super Mario Brothers: Again, in any format. The original, Super Mario 2 (the one no one seems to like), Mario 3 where you could become Raccoon Mario, the new Super Mario for the Wii (I keep getting stuck in the bubble). Even the lost levels. That's right. I said the lost levels. Did you know there were lost levels? Because there are...
3. Tetris: I kick ass at this game. That's really all I have to say about that.
My Three Favorite Game Shows:
1. Lingo: Found on the Game Show Network. Contestants try to guess five letter words. They're usually not very good at it. Plus, I giggle ever time Chuck Woolery says "reach on in and grab yourself a couple of balls." Yes. I am eleven.
2. Match Game: Reruns air on the Game Show Network. Have you watched them? They're hysterical.
3. The Price Is Right: This just bumps Press Your Luck because of fun childhood memories of my siblings and I playing our own version using my mother's spinning wheel as "the big wheel". No one ever got a dollar though. Probably because whichever one of us was Bob Barker got to decide what money amount the wheel ended on and I doubt we were ever nice enough to give anyone a dollar. Ah, memories...
My Three Favorite Miscellaneous Games
1. Drinking games: If you've read this blog (or my Facebook statuses) for any length of time, you're well aware of my fondness for creating drinking games. I usually don't play the drinking games but they're certainly fun to create. Look for my Dance Recital Drinking Game to hit the blog later in the week.
2. Hide and Seek: I play this with my dogs. I hide or sometimes The Man hides. Then whichever one of us doesn't hide, counts to ten and sends the dog to go seek. They love it. Plus, it's good for search and rescue training.
3. Tug of War: Also played with the dogs. With the Gator Girl, it's a never ending struggle you have to let her win because she is relentless. With Big, I usually take a dive because he loved thinking he's taken me down. Once he accidentally did take me down, knocked me flat on my back in our living room. The Man reports that it was the funniest thing he's ever seen. Ah, memories...