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5 Card Games That Serious Gamers Ought to Try

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Whether we’re procrastinating on homework or relaxing after a hard day’s work, many of us love to play card games. People around the world have been passing the time with cards for more than a thousand years.

At this point, everyone has played the classics like solitaire and Hearts, but true gaming enthusiasts are branching out and discovering a smorgasbord of new games that are fresher, more exciting, and easily available in online format. One advantage to playing online is that no one is ever stuck waiting for their chronically late friend to arrive; online games are ready when you are.

Players also don’t need to spend half an hour teaching their friends how to play their favorite game. On the other hand, if someone wants to learn a new game, he or she can play online and get practice without being subjected to ridicule for rookie mistakes. Check out the five games below to find a new one you can enjoy.

1. Cribbage

Many may be aware of this game only as something their grandparents played, but it’s resurfacing as something for young people as well. At first glance, it might appear to be a board game, but the iconic pegboard is just an accessory for keeping score keeping and is not strictly necessary.

Cribbage was invented in England in the 1630s and remains popular around the world today. Most often, it is played by two people but can include up to six. There are multiple steps to the game, each of which requires a different strategy. In effect, cribbage consists of multiple short games rolled into one big one.

2. Nertz

Known by a handful of other names, such as Pounce and Peanuts, Nertz is a form of multiple solitaire that requires more cards than the average game because each player uses a full deck of 52 cards.

Each player divides the deck into seven piles and during the course of the game strives to move all the cards out of his “nertz pile” before any of the other players accomplishes the feat. Nertz is a game for those who enjoy games where speed is a major factor.

3. Omaha

This variant of poker emerged in the 1980s, which makes it a relatively new game among card players. Each player uses two cards from his hand of four, plus three of five community cards, to make the best hand possible. Multiple rounds of betting are often involved for those who like to raise the stakes.

4. Whist

Players who enjoy Hearts will probably enjoy whist as well. Four people in teams receive 13 cards each and the last card dealt becomes the trump. Every player who can must match the suit of the trump card and the player with the highest card wins the trick. The team with the most tricks at the end receives a point and the first team to reach five points wins the game.

5. Twists on old classics

For fans devoted to games like solitaire and poker there are new, themed versions that stay true to the old style but inject a little variety into an otherwise familiar game. Fairway solitaire, faerie solitaire, and governor of poker are examples of versions that add an extra element to keep players having a good time with their old favorites.

Where to find card games

So how do you find card games online? Hundreds of sites claim to have the best versions of various games, and it can be difficult to sort through them all to find one that’s reliable.

An excellent resource provides ratings for each of its games and indications of which can be downloaded at no charge, which makes this site a good place for you to start your quest for online entertainment.

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5 Painfully Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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Breaking up is hard to do. For celebrities who bypass the prenup, it can involve jaw-dropping sums of money. Though still ridiculously well off, having to fork over that kind of cash pours salt in the wound.

With a morbid curiosity akin to watching a train wreck (and then re-watching it on YouTube), we little people tune in to enjoy the drama unfold. Let’s check into five of the most expensive divorces of all time.

1. Mel and Robyn Gibson

After 31 years of marriage, Mel and his wife Robyn called it quits in 2009. Thanks to the absence of a prenup, the former dental nurse was entitled to a $425 million divorce settlement.

Granted, after giving birth to and raising seven kids with Mel (and putting up with his well-publicized shenanigans later in the marriage), she may very well have earned every penny. Unfortunately for Mel, his future royalty checks from work done during their marriage will be split with Robyn as well.

2. Rupert and Anna Murdoch

Despite his brilliance in business, this is a man whose drive for success and money has not brought happiness. Instead, it has cost him three wives and billions of dollars.

The mother of three of his six children and wife of 32 years, Anna Murdoch walked away with a staggering $1.7 billion. Since that split, Rupert has met, married, sired two more children by, and divorced his third wife. For all his shark-like business savvy, Rupert seems to muddle matters of money and the heart time and again.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

Neither the world’s biggest action star-turned-politician nor the TV news anchor and Kennedy princess were strangers to money or the limelight. So when news of Arnold’s infidelity and Maria’s departure broke, it was big … as was the divorce settlement.

Since Ah-nuld fathered a child with a longtime staff member in their home, the drama has snowballed. He wrote a book, Brigitte Nielson dropped details of their, uh, working relationship while he was engaged to Maria, and the whole mess just kept getting messier. The cost to tie up this divorce and end 25 years of marriage? An estimated $250-$375 million.

4. Michael and Juanita Jordan

The basketball legend learned from his mistake with ex-wife Juanita. When their 17-year marriage ended, she walked away with half of his considerable fortune. Even with a prenup in place, she was entitled to a big chunk of change: $168 million.

Once Michael was ready to wade into the waters of matrimony again with Yvette Prieto, a prenup went on the table and she signed it. Rumor has it that in the event of a divorce, the model will receive one million dollars per year married to Jordan (with an increase to $5 million a year after a decade of marriage).

5. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Want to know how to get a prenup tossed out in court? Write it on a napkin and do it without legal representation. The 1989 divorce settlement of Steven and Amy made headlines for the amount of $100 million. Following the commercial success of films like E.T. and Jaws, courts agreed to throw out the original napkin prenup. For the sake of harmony with his first-born’s mother, Spielberg didn’t put up much of a fight.

The sordid, fascinating, and cringe-worthy divorces of celebrities are magnified versions of how life often plays out in the real world. Love can make fools rush in. But if viewing these public displays of divorce instills a degree of caution, then perhaps there is a little justification in delighting in their cautionary tales.

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The 5 Most Awesome Drinking Games

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You’re drinking with some buddies and after talking and listening to Sublime for hours, someone busts out an acoustic guitar and you can see where this is headed.

Instead of listening to a lame rendition of Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes,” we have a better idea for you – play a drinking game!

Everyone loves drinking games!  They offer you and your peers a chance to get to know each other, they allow you to socialize, and they’re just good times.

“But, TCS!?” (that’s the campus socialite for you noobs) “I don’t know any drinking games,” you say?  Well luckily, we do!  Below are some of the most popular and most awesome drinking games you will ever play, so take note, we’re throwing you some gems here.

King’s Cup

What you need:

  • Deck of Cards
  • Cup for the middle
  • Lots of beer

Set up:

Fill cup with beer and place in the middle of the table.  Shuffle a deck of cards and fan out around the cup.

How to play:

Choose someone to go first (can be whoever’s youngest, oldest, whatever).  Person picks a card and flips it over so everyone can see.   Using the rules below, you simply do whatever the card’s instructions demand and then the next player (clockwise) goes until all the cards run out.

2: For You  – Choose someone to take two drinks.

3: For Me – Player who flipped the card takes three drinks.

4: Whores – All girls must drink.

5: Social – Everyone cheers-es each other and drinks.

6: Dicks – All guys must drink.

7: Heaven – Last person to raise their hand drinks.

8: Never Have I Ever – Person that flips admits something they’ve never done: “Never have I ever …” And anyone that has done that action must drink. Try to say something you haven’t done but think most people at the table have.  Example: “Never have I ever smoked a cigarette” (if you’ve smoked a cigarette, you have to drink).

9: Bust-A-Rhyme – Person that flips says a word that the next player has to rhyme with (and next player, and next, etc.) until someone messes up or takes longer then 5 seconds and that person must drink.

10: Sentence – Person that flips says one word, then the next person says that word and adds another, the following person must repeat the previous said words (in order) and add their own word.Whoever doesn’t remember the words correctly and messes up has to drink. (Words in sentence can be completely random).

Jack: Categories – Person that flips picks a category and names something from it, then next person names something in that category until someone repeats something or can’t think of anything and has to drink. Example categories are: brands of beer, sports teams, brands of condoms, cars, etc.

Queen: Questions – Person that flips asks another player a question. That player must then ask another player a question, or answer the previous question with a question. The first person to answer or is unable to come up with another question after 5 seconds drinks.

King: King’s Cup – Player makes a rule.  Anyone who doesn’t follow the rule, or forgets must drink.  The last player to flip a King must drink the full cup of beer in the center of the cards.

*Example rules: No cursing, you have to talk in an accent, no first names, no pointing, no saying drink drank or drunk.  Little green man – before you take a drink, you must pretend there’s a little green man on the rim of your cup that you have to remove before drinking.  Whoever forgets – you guessed it, drinks!

These rules can be altered for however drunk, or stupid you want to make each other, so have fun with it!

Ace:  Waterfall – Waterfall is where one person starts drinking, then the next person starts drinking as well until the previous person stops.  You can not put down your cup until the person before you puts theirs down (and they can choose as long or short as they want so be prepared!) Hence a “waterfall.”

Moose

This is fun game where players bounce quarters in to an ice tray.  Players drink depending on where the quarters land.  If the Moose Cup is hit, players put up Moose antlers with their hands and yell “MOOSE!”

What You Need:

  • Quarters
  • Ice Tray
  • Beer, Mixed Drinks, or Liquor
  • Table or Bar for bouncing the Quarter
  • Cup

Set up:

Put a cup full of alcohol in the middle of the table.  Place one end of an empty ice cube tray on the rim of the glass, and the other end on the table, making a ramp with the tray.  Pick a player to go first.  Player will bounce a quarter and try to land it in either the tray or the cup.  Each slot of the tray counts as a number of drinks.  If the quarter lands on the left side of the tray, you choose someone to drink whatever number of drinks you landed in (1st spot = 1 drink, 2nd = 2, you get it), and if the quarter lands on the right side, the player must drink whatever number they land in.

If the Quarter lands in the cup at the end of the tray, it’s a “moose.”  Players must instantly raise their hands to the side of their head like antlers, with thumbs to temples and fingers spread out, and yell “MOOSE!”  The last person to put their hands up has to drink entire glass of booze.

If a quarter lands on the ice tray without dropping in a slot, it counts as a “social” and all players take a drink of their adult bubbly beverage.

Flip cup

What you need:

  • A long table
  • Plastic cups
  • Booze

Set up:

Equal teams of two line up at opposite sides of the table (long ends) and face each other.  Each player’s cup is filled up an equal amount for chugging (you can do halfway [most common] or full cup).  Starting at one end of the table, the first players facing each other begin chugging at the same time.  When the player has consumed their entire drink, they place their cup right-side up at the edge of the table to where part of the cup is slightly off the table’s edge.  Player then quickly pushes up on the bottom of the cup with their forefinger to try and flip the cup over (so that it’s upside down).  Once the cup has successfully been flipped, the next person on their team starts chugging their drink and attempting to flip their cup.  If a player can’t get their cup to flip they must keep trying until they do, or until the game ends if/because other team finished first).

Beer Pong

What you need:

 

  • Cups
  • A long table
  • Ping pong balls
  • Water
  • Booze

Set up:

On opposite ends of the table (short ends), set up rows of cups in a pyramid fashion with greatest number of cups closest to edge, reducing until one cup is closest to other side of table (usually about 6 cups in greatest row).  Set up opposite side the same exact way.  Fill all cups in pyramids with equal amounts of alcohol.  On each side, also fill a separate cup up with fresh water to rinse ping pong balls if/when they fall on the ground.

How to play:

Gather two teams of two.  Choose a team to go first.  One player from chosen team throws a ping pong ball in an attempt to land it in any of opponents cups.  If ball successfully lands in one of other team’s cups, one of the opponents must drink what’s in the cup and then remove the cup from the table (you will need to reposition cups into a smaller pyramid after more cups are removed so cups aren’t too far apart).  Then other team goes, alternating players.  Whoever loses all their cups…loses!

If you’re a male playing with females, beware of this move!

Up the river, down the river

What you need:

  • Deck of playing cards
  • A surface to play on
  • Alcohol

Set up:

Sit around a table or counter top, whatever’s clever.  Make sure you have a drink and that someone has a deck of cards.

How to play:

Choose a dealer and players (3-however many).  Dealer shuffles deck, and deals out 8 cards to each player face-up so they can’t cheat.  Then the dealer lays 4 cards down face-up in a row in the middle of the table.  You start out going “up the river” – starting with the first card, if any player has the same number value card, they choose another player to give drinks to

(1 drink for first card in row, 2 for second, 3 for third, 4 for fourth).  If you have two of the same number value card, you double the drinks you can give out.  Once the fourth card is reached, the dealer lays out another card face-up starting on fourth card, and all remaining cards in the row and you start going “down the river.”  Now, if you have a card matching the number value, you have to take a drink, and same rules apply, if you have two, double up, and if you’re unlucky enough to have three…dayum! (that’s triple, my drunk friend)

 

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7 Nostalgic SNES Games for any College Party

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Released in the early 1990s and discontinued in 2003, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had an amazing run of games ranging from forgettable shovelware to classics that find remakes on handheld systems today. Its long run of production means that finding a working system even today, two decades later, is cheap and easy. The console is also very well understood, and games can be emulated even if the system can’t be found. This makes it an excellent choice for retro entertainment at any college party. What games should you hunt down before planning retro game night? Here are seven ideas.

Star Fox SNES Game
#1: Star Fox

Perhaps not as widely known as Star Fox 64, the originator of the barrel roll meme and home of some ridiculous voice acting, Star Fox for the SNES is a solid all-around game. The game is easy to pick up and hand over each time a life ends, allowing everyone their turn to play.

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#2: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Who doesn’t love a good fighting game? Mortal Kombat is fast, brutal and intense, but short-lived enough to be a hit at parties. It also has one of the largest rosters of the old-school MK games, giving your guests plenty of choice when it comes to who they want to see torn apart.

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#3: Donkey Kong Country

Another game with not much to offer in terms of multiplayer, but a classic gameplay and oozing charm that no one can resist. It’s also incredibly easy to rack up extra lives, so you’ll be able to keep going all night long.

Earthworm Jim SNES Game
#4: Earthworm Jim

This game doesn’t have a co-op mode, but what it does have is an astounding sense of humor. If you played it as a kid but haven’t picked it up as an adult, you definitely need to. Most of the jokes it runs with are funny for a kid, but absolutely hilarious for an adult. It’s game writing at its finest.

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#5: Super Smash TV

One order of TV game show setting, one helping of frantic Contra-like action, a constant spray of bullets, rockets and lasers from all sides and hordes of enemies to mow down, combine well and you have Super Smash TV. Two players compete to rack up the highest score while avoiding death in this frantic bullet storm.

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#6: Super Mario Kart

While there are other racers for the system — F-Zero among them — nothing beats the charm of old school Mario Kart. Kart racing got its start more or less through this game, and very few games have been as popular in the genre before or since.

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#7: Super Bomberman

Bomberman is a simple concept. Drop bombs, try to trap the enemy players in the explosion and be the last one standing. What makes it unique, and an excellent part game, is the fact that it’s one of the first four-player competitive games to appear on the SNES. If you have plenty of friends coming over and a few extra controllers, you can’t go wrong with Bomberman.

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A Look at Tony Soprano’s Illustrious Criminal Career

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Tony Soprano, the protagonist of the successful HBO series The Sopranos, is a hero to many who loved the show, but a nightmare for the law enforcement officials who spent their careers pursuing him.

Played by the beloved James Gandolfini (1961-2013), Tony Soprano is a ruthless mobster whose character loosely based off the actual New Jersey gangster Vinny “Vinny Ocean” Palermo who was born in 1944 and grew to be the capo (de facto leader) of the DeCavalcante crime family.

The Longest Rap Sheet of Them All

The reason Tony Soprano was able to rise from the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey wasn’t because he had a respectful, dutiful nature. This man was more than willing to commit the crimes necessary to achieve the title of capo.

Soprano earned respect in the DiMeo crime family, of which he later became the head, by first committing a robbing a card game. Just a short time later he committed his first murder – ending the life of smalltime bookie Will Overall – at the age of 22.

From that point on, Soprano was responsible for the deaths of 17 other people with season six, during which 6 hits were carried out, being the bloodiest. In addition to murder, Soprano racked up 10 counts of assault and battery as well as a few arson and reckless driving charges.

Finally, like most mobsters, Soprano was an expert with financial crimes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Bribes
  • Extortion
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Money laundering

As a result of his constant criminal infractions, Tony Soprano was short tempered and had to enter therapy – fairly mild consequences after a life of heinous crimes.

The Crimes of Tony Soprano
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GIFs of the Week

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So we all know that the internet is chock full of hilarious pictures. Pictures of cats wearing superhero costumes, cats putting on funny faces, cats being cats… but the unsung comedic hero of funny pictures has got to be the GIFs. For those of you who lived under a rock for most of the 1990’s and 2000’s, I’m going to explain GIFs to you in terms I think you’ll be able to understand: it’s like those moving pictures from Harry Potter. But anyway, here’s a few of the GIFs that made me laugh this week!

ACTION! SUSPENSE! KITTEN!

WTF

Eating Lead has a whole new meaning

Ollie like a boss

SMASHING

This would actually be an awesome prank.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL, KID.

 

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Xbox One or PS4: Which is better for a college student?

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As the console wars are heating up, many people are left wondering which product is right for them. This is a complicated decision that involves looking at a number of the console’s traits. It is even more complicated for college students, who typically have specific needs for their lifestyle and a limited budget. So, there are a number of important factors that might make either the PS4 or Xbox One a better choice for the typical college student.

Price

College students lead a lifestyle that is filled with inexpensive noodles for dinner and discount drinks at the local pub. That makes the cost of a console an important factor for many college students. The PS4 is currently slated to list at $399, while the Xbox One is scheduled to retail for $499. The price difference is certainly a point in the favor of the PS4.

Xbox Kinect

Quite a few people enjoy the motion-based games that the Kinect device allows users to play. While the PS4 has an analog in their camera peripheral that approximates the Xbox Kinect, it is sold as a separate entity. This can be seen as a plus for the Xbox One. However, there are quite a few people who are concerned about the integrated Kinect in the Xbox One. The fear is that the always-on camera could be used for spying on people. Therefore, many people who do not participate in motion gaming could be drawn further towards the PS4. This is not a college student specific concern, but merits consideration nevertheless. If a student enjoys these games and is not concerned about theoretical privacy issues, the Xbox One could be the right choice.

Cloud Gaming

The Xbox One is heavily dependent on cloud based gaming. While Microsoft has dialed back on the requirements for gamers to have a persistent internet connection to play any game, the PS4 has always supported offline gaming to a greater degree. Many dormitory living conditions have internet connectivity issues. Furthermore, many people in dormitory living situations enjoy being able to play their games on any console at any time. In this category, the PS4 is the clear standout.

Comprehensive Entertainment Options

Xbox One has positioned itself as a full-featured entertainment hub for people’s living rooms. The PS4 has become a gaming device dedicated to the gaming experience. Since many dormitories and apartment choices for college students involve no-frills cable packages and limited need for enhanced viewing options, the PS4 may meet the specific needs of the college gamer more specifically.

History of Reliability

Many college aged students have either experienced the “Red Ring of Death” themselves, or have a friend who did. Xbox consoles have a long history of hardware failure. The PS3, on the other hand, has a reputation for being rock solid in terms of function. While this is certainly no indicator of the future performance of new consoles, history might make college students choose a PS4.

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5 Secrets to Profiting From Mobile Games

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It’s hard to imagine that massively popular mobile game companies anticipated how popular game titles would become for both casual and dedicated users.

The mobile platform allows players to pass long stretches of time with exciting and addictive software titles. Gamers can simply pull out a smartphone or tablet during a long commute, wait in line, or delay in a doctor’s waiting room. But with so many video game companies providing their apps for free, how are they able to make a profit?

Here are five sales secrets that these companies understand thoroughly.

1. Item upgrades

Imagine playing the next thrilling first person shooter or strategy game, and then learning you can upgrade your weapons for just a few cents. What if special items could boost your score and allow you to outrank your peers in a game tied to your social networks?

Many “freemium” apps allow players to enjoy game play for free, but require a payment for superior items and upgrades. When gamers become emotionally invested in a title and wish to dedicate their time to improving scores, they accept the value in reasonably priced item upgrades.

2. World expansions

Players can get even further enjoyment out of a game by accessing additional levels and digital content. Users who pay for this access may gain better character powers, items, and storylines that the free levels do not provide. Game companies like Playfirst, Inc, uses the world expansion strategy in their hit game, Diner Dash.

For less than a dollar, gamers are able to unlock new worlds and puzzles, as they strive to keep up with restaurant visitors who want their food right away. App companies generate hype around new releases, so loyal mobile gamers invest in expansions, eager to experience added material.

3. Digital currencies

In-game currencies have created a robust economic environment in MMORPGs and platform games for years. Now they play a major role in mobile app revenue streams.

Many gamers wish to purchase digital upgrades or exclusive items they wouldn’t normally receive during regular gameplay. These can provide enhancements to a character’s look or performance. As players strive to outrank their peers, they may wish to purchase digital currency from app companies.

4. Merchandise

The Angry Birds franchise is not limited to its numerous spin-off app titles. A huge market has sprung up around Angry Birds stuffed animals, action figures, T-shirts, hats, and other products.

Successful mobile gaming companies can expand to merchandise sales. Fans are eager to purchase apparel, household items, and other products branded with recognizable characters from your game. This is why mobile game companies strive to create memorable storylines, vivid graphics, and enjoyable characters. Once they can venture into fan merchandise, there is no limit to the revenue they can generate.

5. Other media entertainment

Some games become so popular that movie companies turn them into feature films. Other games may become well known for their soundtracks, leading to increased sales from MP3 downloads. Viral videos and extra scenes can be sold through digital marketplaces.

Free content can also provide app companies with revenue streams from online advertising. Additional media entertainment can serve two purposes: it generates hype around a free mobile game app and it brings in additional profits.

Game developers understand that an app can be given to customers for free, because profits are easily garnered via other avenues. In-game purchases such as digital currencies, upgrades, and world expansions are usually inexpensive and sold to a broad array of gamers.

Viral media can increase advertising revenue, and branded merchandise can become an enormous industry. As long as we rely on smartphones and tablets to alleviate boredom, the hype surrounding mobile gaming is here to stay.

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Building the Ultimate Party House

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When you’re in college, half of the things you will learn won’t be in a classroom — they’ll be at college parties. If you want to throw epic parties, you need to have at least six key items in your house that you can pull out at a moment’s notice.

Here’s a list of the six basic necessities every great college party house requires.

1. Plenty of room

If you’re going to have a party house, you need to make sure you have enough room to accommodate all your guests. So if you live in an apartment, don’t plan on throwing huge parties. Another good reason to have plenty of room is so people can stay over in case they cannot drive home on their own.

2. Bar

If you’re going to throw a party, you might as well have a bar in your pad too. Create a chic place where you can serve and store drinks. Include a fridge, sink, and maybe a couple of stools to create the perfect ambiance. A home bar is quite easy to set up yourself and helps to make your parties that much better.

3. Inflatable pool

During the sweltering summer months, it’s important to have a place where your guests can cool off. An inflatable baby pool, placed in the backyard, provides quick relief from the summer heat. Just fill it up with water and let the fun begin!

4. Tiki torches

Tiki torches are necessary if you are going to have any kind of backyard blowout. BBQs, pool parties, and other outdoor festivities can always use great lighting.

5. A DJ booth

No party is complete without great tunes to make people want to hit the dance floor. You’re going to need a proper DJ booth that holds equipment and provides enough room for your disc jockey to spin all the records. You can either purchase an affordable DJ booth online or even build one yourself with your buddies.

6. A great sound system

What point is there in having a DJ booth if nobody can hear the songs that are getting spun? Having a few high-quality speakers is important for throwing a great party. Position the speakers throughout the room where everyone is dancing for optimum noise. Also, if guests are outside, be sure to have a sound system hooked up there as well.

If you have these six essentials, you are guaranteed to have the ultimate party house and host the best blowouts at your college.

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6 PC Games That Are Perfect for a Rainy Day

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So it’s raining and you’re stuck indoors without anything to watch on television? Don’t worry: there are plenty of great PC games to make your day worthwhile.

Here are some great PC games suitable for any rainy day.

1. Bioshock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is the most recent offering from Irrational Games. You play the role of Booker DeWitt, a member of the U.S. Cavalry who has become a mercenary. As is often the case, the protagonist (DeWitt) has some skeletons in his closet. But that just adds to the dramatic tension characteristic of great first-person shooters. Here, you’ll find yourself fending off enemies from the bottom of the ocean to way up in the sky.

2. Battlefield 3

Like BioShock Infinite, this one is a first-person shooter. You play not just one but many heroes, each of whom is a member of the U.S. Marines. The game play takes you from New York City to Tehran and Paris. The game production company, DICE, has implemented a proprietary battle engine called Frostbite 2.

As a result, the video game simulation looks about as real as anything you’ll see in a militarized first-person shooter. It’s a great option when your beach trip has been rained out.

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It’s hard to believe there are gamers around who haven’t even played Skyrim in a while. This is the fifth installment in the well-known “Elder Scrolls” series. If you’re into fantasy role-playing, then this game is a dream come true. You can play in either first or third person as you battle numerous opponents using swords, axes, and spells you’ve acquired along the way. The ultimate goal: destroy a dreaded dragon name Alduin. It’s up to you to stop his rampage, or no one will.

4. Team Fortress 2

What’s the best thing about Team Fortress 2? It’s free. Aside from that, this is another great first-person shooter produced by Valve. It’s basically a comedy version of some of the more popular first-person shooters on the market, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. The game offers nine different classes, depending on how you want to play (as more of an offensive, defensive, or technical character).

5. Guild Wars 2

This massively multiplayer online offering is brought to you by ArenaNet. It’s a fantasy-based game, so you can expect the usual assortment of quests, monsters, spells, and weapons that come with that territory. Here, you’re in a world called Tyria, and the problem is that it’s being overrun by dragons. To combat them, you’ll need to reassemble the members of an old guild called Destiny’s Edge. Of course, that task is not as easy as it sounds.

6. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

This science fiction, real-time strategy game is brought to you by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company that produced World of Warcraft. So right out of the gate, you know you can expect a quality product. This is a great option if you are into multiplayer gaming. Further, if you want to join a league and begin playing StarCraft II as a member of a team, you can do that as well.

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