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the metaverse is a world where you can do, create, and be anything! now here are the tools that you can only use to reproduce your own face and decorate a cubicle

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when I say I'm culturally conservative I mean that I still read Megatokyo

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hundreds of angry old people yelling about how the media is discriminating against white women by using a disgusting racial slur

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the Microsoft Edge home tab is funny; it shows you news stories and how many people have commented on them, and the articles that get the most comments are always the ones where someone is called a Karen in the headline

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overall pack 8 is pretty strong, it doesn't have any outright stinkers or games that are impossible to play online, though if your group doesn't like drawing or isn't into the randomness of Wheel then it might be slimmer pickings this time around

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Wheel of Enormous Proportions: a game show with a trivia phase where players earn wedges on a roulette wheel by answering trivia questions, then a wheel phase where players earn points if their wedges get landed on -- the weakest of the five, the randomness of the wheel phase means there's not much to do for most of the game besides watch and hope you win, but the game atmosphere does a pretty good job of selling the drama and getting people invested nonetheless

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Drawful Animate: the third Drawful game; one player gets a prompt and draws a two-frame animation, everybody else writes a plausible prompt and then votes on the one they think is the real one -- the best version of Drawful yet, the animation feature is pretty simple but adds a lot of expressiveness to the drawings; the prompts are explicitly written to stump the usual strategies players used in previous Drawful games

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Weapons Drawn: a social deduction game where the central mechanic is drawing a "murder weapon" that hides a letter in the artist's name within the drawing -- has a lot of moving parts, was a little slow to get going, but people seemed to be very invested in it by the end once we figured out how it all worked

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Poll Mine: everybody ranks responses to opinion questions like "worst clothing to sleep in" or "best passive-aggressive email signature", then splits into teams that try to figure out how the entire group ranked the opinions -- generated the best discussions and interactions between players; the last round where you have to rank everything in order from bottom to top is a little hard but very satisfying when you get it right

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Job Job: a game where you rearrange other players' answers to simple prompts into funny responses to job interview questions -- pretty good as long as everybody playing buys in and provides long-enough answers to work with; probably the most straightforward of the games

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my thoughts about the five games in Jackbox Party Pack 8

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@jimpjorps why post that panel of the nude blue guy on mars or whatever when you can 💆

example deployment of 💆

someone: did you see what piffo55 said about moonkissbaby
me: 💆

I have decided that I will now use 💆 as a reaction emoji

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