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Greg’s Cheers to Gaming: Hide and Go Drink Wine

/ Oct 29th, 2014 No Comments

Throughout time, man has pondered ways to make videogames more enjoyable. Like most things, alcohol was the answer. Greg’s Cheers to Gaming is a series of pieces in which editor Greg Johnson combines gaming with alcohol to make an even more interesting game.

Getting drunk to the point where you black out is never encouraged, but some things are best left unremembered, including pretty much every horrific part of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. One of the scariest nightmares to come out of the survival-horror genre of gaming, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is sure to put even the most rationale gamer on edge, which is why a couple of nice glasses of wine are in order for this drinking game.

The game is readily available for PC and Mac. It can be purchased via Steam, and so can its sequel, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.

In an Empty House… In the Middle of the Night

The worst feeling in the world is the feeling of utter helplessness, and that is how Amnesia: The Dark Descent thrives. Players find themselves constantly on the run from strange creatures of the darkness with little but a lantern to guide their way.

Ha, Ha, Ha. Oh Wow!

Ha, Ha, Ha. Oh Wow!

Fighting back is not an option in the game — players are unable to take down enemies — but running and hiding certainly are. Players must embrace this concept fully if they wish to survive and unravel the secrets of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Who Knows? The Shadow Knows!

To play along with Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the drinking game called Hide and Go Drink Wine, an adult take on Hide and Go Seek. Much like in real life, when faced with scary boogie men, people of all races and creeds just want to hide in a corner and drink wine. While seemingly simple, the rules are sure to add a unique twist to Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Uh... Meat-Blimp crashed?

Uh… Meat-Blimp crashed?

During gameplay, players must run from fiendish creatures and hide in order to avoid becoming monster-chow. The same holds true in Hide and Go Drink Wine, but gamers will pair the game controller with a nice glass of red wine. Each time players see a creature and find a suitable hiding place, they must sip gingerly from the glass until the threat is gone.

Red wine symbolizes blood, but white wine can be substituted. The point is to have something elegant to drink that will calm the nerves. Do not use beer or hard alcohol as that will only heighten the sense of chaos created by the game. Wine is typically enjoyed in calmer settings, and the affect of the wine should help relax players, and gradually turn into a cool buzz before full blown wine drunkies.

Keep Your Friends Close and Unspeakable Horrors Closer

Invite over friends to allow for a group to take delight in the festivities. Turn off the lights to play in the dark, or better yet, light candles to set the horror castle ambiance. As always, drink responsibly; Amnesia: The Dark Descent is not to be taken lightly. It is a truly horrifying game and the introduction of alcohol will only make this worse.

The lights will keep me safe right? Playing with friends will keep me safe right? Right? RIGHT?!

The lights will keep me safe right? Playing with friends will keep me safe right? Right? RIGHT?!

With the introduction of multiple participants, a sort of contest can be held in which the last person to take their gulp of wine for “spotting” the creature will have to have some handicap put upon them for their round of playing. Handicaps could include:

  • The player must play one handed. This means the player will have to choose either to run or change directions, which also means when a gulp of wine must be sipped before running away from monsters with hands off the controller or keyboard while in hiding.
  • The player is blinded with a blindfold or bandana. Another player must guide the blindfolded player, and in turn, warn them of impending danger. This also allows two players to share in the adrenaline rush as both are looking to survive simultaneously.

The Dark I Know Well

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is scary, and Hide and Go Drink Wine certainly doesn’t diminish that fact. While many players who have managed to complete Amnesia will claim that taking it on alone is far more spooky, a crowd mentality is known to create heightened emotions in high-stress situations.

Finally, a place to kill myself.

Finally, a place to kill myself.

The rules of Hide and Go Drink can be applied to a number of scary video games, but the game is best suited for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Players can’t fight off frightening enemies, but a pairing of blood-red wine will help calm the nerves, and the company of good friends will turn spooky howls into laughs.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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