The Stupid Genius of Jackbox Games

Jackbox games are stupid, and at the same time genius in their own way.

May 17, 2019

When you think of your typical “goal” in a video game, what do you think of? Rescuing princesses? Slaying Dragons? Paying for microtransactions in a 60 dollar video game, and fueling EA’s money boner? Well, whatever you think of, I doubt you thought of the objective of most Jackbox games, which seems to be “make a dumb dick joke, and make your friends snort out their Sprite with laughter.” Jackbox is very unique in that aspect, and that’s just one of the reasons I adore these games and think that they’re absolutely genius, in their own stupid way.

The Oddity of Jackbox Games

To put it simply, the purpose of most Jackbox games is entertaining the other people you’re playing it with. Whether it’s through drawings, rap lyrics, or good old fashioned fart noises, nearly every game seems made for you to make your pals giggle, or at least exhale sharply out of their nose. I love this idea so much. There are many party games out there that are designed to make you have more fun with your group, but very few that seem designed to bring you closer together. Really, you can learn a lot about a person by the type of penis they draw in Tee K.O.

I mean, look at “Survive the Internet.” A perfect example of what I’m talking about. The game gives you all the tools necessary to make all types of different jokes and lets you play off the jokes already made by your friends. Like, they would write “Hairy, but undeniably sexy” about Chris Hemsworth or whatever, and you would turn that into a comment about “My dad’s back.” Boom. Teamwork comedy.

You make funny headlines and comments with the help of your friend, and when you win, you win together. Not only does this let you learn more about your friends’ sense of humour, but it also lets you share in a victory, strengthening your friendship by just that little bit. It may sound dumb, but there really is nothing like shared laughter to bring two people closer together. Except for shared hatred, of course.

And that’s another thing, a lot of these games can help you to learn more about your friends, and what they all think about each other. Take another personal favourite game of mine, “Fibbage.” Specifically the “Enough About You” version in the third one. Basically, the game asks you a question about yourself like, “If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be?” You write the truth, your friends write lies, and then they have to guess which one was right. Except for when they all pick “SNAS UNDERTAL” like with my friends.

This really is an ideal bonding exercise. First, you get to tell your friends something about yourself, in a way that isn’t forced or awkward. Second, your friends get to joke about the stuff you like, and you can all have a laugh. And third, you can kind of see what your friends think of you, and learn more about them in the process. All this sharing, learning, joking, and bonding, that stemmed from a question about “favour ite type of whale” where one of the answers was “ur mom.”

Jackbox Games, Gateway to Real Connections

It’s crazy how such a simple and silly game, can be a gateway to real connections being made between people. And some of these games let you connect with your friends without any jokes or lies needed. Just look at games like “Civic Doodle.” All that you do in this one is take turns drawing on a sheet of paper, adding more and more to your collective creation, until you’ve made something that’s inevitably way too horrific, or sexual, or often times both.

It’s really that simple, and yet even this game is great for making friends. First of all, it’s hilarious. It just is. It doesn’t matter who your playing with, it could be Gandhi, Hitler, or anyone in between. Once that game starts, EVERYONE is an immature devil, drawing schlongs, shit, and stuff I couldn’t mention in this article without getting sued by somebody.

But the game still lets you learn about your pals in its own weird way. I meant it when I said you can learn a lot about a person from what they draw. You get to see their sense of humor and personal brand of creativity unfold right before your eyes. It will inevitably be stupid, but it still lets you see what they find funny, and witness their creative prowess, even if it’s just minion showing its ass.

I know all of this might sound weird or stupid, but I genuinely believe that if you’re looking to have a good time with friends and strengthen your connections in the process, then Jack is your guy. I’ve had so much fun with these games, making dumb jokes with my friends, and having to stifle my girlish laughter at 3:00 in the morning. And I honestly think that Jackbox has made my relationships with quite a few of my buddies stronger, and for that, I’m very thankful.

These games were made for friends. They draw you in with colourful and fun looking games, enthuse you with great music and funny commentary, and then they sit back and watch as your group makes the entertainment for themselves, becoming closer in the process, often without even realising it. It seriously baffles me how games that are so ridiculous, where the only point seems to be to entertain the people around you, can be so good for forming genuine connections with friends, mutuals, or even strangers. It’s crazy. It’s stupid.

It’s genius.

Jum Jum

Jum Jum

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When I was a child, I cared about three things more than anything, and they were video games, entertaining people, and the crazy frog song…I was not a smart child.

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