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Seven Activities for Competitive Friends

If you don’t know the sore loser in your friendship group, chances are, it’s you. But that’s okay! Losing sucks, and it only means that you’re competitive. 

While your competitive side might not be for everyone, there are plenty of activities you and like-minded friends can enjoy together so see who actually is the best. 

Monopoly

Is there any game as intense as Monopoly? This game has the power to split up families when competitive people are involved. Everyone knows the layout, rules, and tactics, making it the perfect get-up-and-go game available for friends old and new. 

Grab the board, head to the pub, or connect with players across the globe on online gaming platforms

Obstacle Courses

If you and your friends want to take the competition into the outdoors, to find out who would win in a survival of the fittest situation, an obstacle course is a great way to have fun while also testing your fitness skills. Whether you set up your own at a local park, or head to an existing course, you’re in for a tiring day. Whoever reaches the end in the shortest amount of time (without cheating) is the winner. You could even make a crown and buy a personalized medal. 

Placing Sports Bets

Placing bets certainly ups the ante when it comes to competitiveness—as there’s the chance to win (or lose) money. If you want to get ahead, check out this Asian handicap betting guide to help you place winning bets every time. Head to the bar for a few drinks, or create a sweepstake for the next big tournament to see who’s the luckiest member of the crew. 

Arcade Games

Retro games are some of the best ways to battle against friends. Whether it’s air hockey, Space Invaders or Mario Kart, rally up the group and head to the nearest arcade in your area for a great night of competition, fun, and inevitably, a little bit of losing. 

Fortnite

Avid gamers can totally get lost in the world of Fortnite, and compete against local friends and those further away. The video game has taken the world by storm, so chances are you’ve already given it a go. But if not, it’s available for just about every gaming device!

Dodgems

If there’s a fair or carnival in town, there’s no better place to compete for the title of carnival king or queen. Head on over to the dodgems or test your strength on the high striker. Don’t forget to grab come candy floss on your way out! 

Trivial Pursuit

For those who prefer a battle of the brains, Trivial Pursuit will have you competing for hours. You’ll all be quizzed on different topics to see who knows what, and—of course—who knows the most. 

Hey, if you and your friends have tons of time to waste this summer, you might even be able to do all of these activities so that everyone can at least win once. That way, everyone can go home with no hard feelings, feeling like a winner and being smug about the losers.

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Piepacker Launching on Kickstarter

New Social Gaming Platform with online multiplayer and video chat, Piepacker, Launching on Kickstarter

Over 100,000 users have already tested the platform, helping developers create something never seen before.

Piepacker, the new free social gaming platform that allows users to play officially licensed retro games with friends online, will launch on Kickstarter on April 6th.

At the crossroads of online multiplayer gaming and video chatting, Piepacker is a free and legal platform that provides instant access to officially licensed retro video games from a web browser, without any download.

Through its Kickstarter campaign, Piepacker is offering early access to its platform along with an exclusive piece of technology developed for nostalgic retro gaming: the PieReader. This new retro gaming dock is equipped with adapters to import one’s own retro game cartridges to the multiplayer world of Piepacker and play with their friends online, with only one cartridge.

Piepacker’s video chat features video game-themed 3D masks and filters as a fun way for players to (re)discover the greatest titles of retro gaming among friends as well as new indie and exclusive games.

Currently, most retro video games are acquired on pirate websites with direct downloads. Piepacker brings to the world of video games what Spotify brought to the world of music, making retro gaming accessible to all, for free and legally while guaranteeing a high quality of service.

“While many are limiting their face-to-face interactions due to the ongoing pandemic, connecting with others and remaining socially active has never been more important,” said Benjamin Devienne, co-founder of Piepacker. “Piepacker provides a fun way to interact. This innovation is at the forefront of transgenerational pop-culture, mixing gaming, video chat, 3D filters, and masks in augmented reality. It’s exciting for everyone.”

Under development since March 2020, Piepacker opened its beta version to the public in late December. Before the beta closed, 100,000 people had taken the opportunity to try out the platform and contribute to its development.

Piepacker provides access to games that have been featured on a variety of platforms: arcade machines, NES, Super NES, Saturn, Mega Drive, NeoGeo, and PlayStation with more to come. Piepacker has partnerships with publishers Codemaster, Team 17, and Interplay and indies like Bitmap Bureau or Morphcat. The catalog continues to grow with plans to add modern indie as well as original exclusive cards and board games.

For German indie studio Morphcat, Piepacker is currently “the easiest way to enjoy multiplayer games with your friends over the internet”. British studio Bitmap Bureau is “extremely impressed with the range of features that Pie Packer has to offer, most noticeably the ability to play Xeno Crisis with another player remotely, and believe that retro gamers around the globe will be especially interested in this new technology, with many classic games making their way to the platform.”

There are currently over 60 games including 2 cloud gaming exclusives available for free on Piepacker. Among the available titles are the iconic Worms World Party, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Xeno Crisis, and Micro Mages.

The Kickstarter campaign will close May 7, 2021, and the platform itself will be accessible to the public later this year.

About Piepacker

Piepacker was created by two friends, Benjamin Devienne and Jules Testard, two Frenchmen who expatriated long ago and share a decade-long friendship. Benjamin, the face of Piepacker, has an outstanding track record. Before graduating, he was at the head of an academic research project that led him to participate in a major TEDx in Canada, along with many celebrities. Benjamin was also a distinguished guest lecturer in several universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (MIT). He founded the data science department of Gameloft, a French mobile game giant, and became a leader in that field. Facebook convinced him to step outside the video game industry to manage key teams of their data science department as Head of Analytics. The giant of video game streaming, Twitch, a company belonging to Amazon, was next in recruiting him as Head of Research Strategy on machine learning-oriented projects. Benjamin was not yet 30 years old.

When starting Piepacker, the pair recruited some of the world’s most talented experts in the field. They assembled a team of former employees of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, EA, Blizzard-Activision, and Twitter.

After just a few weeks of development, Piepacker got noticed and backed by Y Combinator, the startup accelerator that has engineered the birth of Airbnb, Twitch, Dropbox, and even Reddit. Thanks to their key support, Piepacker’s development has been accelerated and also helped the two founders gather an elite group of advisors from the industry.

On the list of video game veterans advising them, one finds Kenji Matsubara, former president of SEGA, Justin Waldron and Tom Bollich, co-founders of mobile gaming gem Zynga, Kun Gao, co-founder of Crunchyroll, the platform dedicated to Japanese anime and Jeffrey Rosen, co-founder of video game distributor Humble Bundle.

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SpongeBob Games

SpongeBob SquarePants has been enchanting kids and adults alike for what feels like generations! It’s one of the longest running shows on Nickelodeon and a true pop culture icon.

Goliath has brought back some classic games – with a SpongeBob twist! Kids will love the SpongeBob SquarePants Big Roll Bingo and the SpongeBob SquarePants Pop ‘N’ Race. Both of these games are easy for your little ones to learn and feature all of your favorite SpongeBob Squarepants characters.

Enjoy family time with the best cartoon characters with a game of Big Roll Bingo! SpongeBob SquarePants Big Roll Bingo is for 2 – 6 players, ages 4 and up and a must-have game for your children. After you’ve had a blast with bingo, have a jelly fishing good time with SpongeBob in this Pop ‘N’ Race. SpongeBob Pop N’ Race is for 2 – 4 players, ages 5 and up.

These two games hit shelves in 2020 and are perfect for incorporating more tech-free time this summer, while also allowing kids to hang out with their favorite characters.