Awesome party Raskulous!
Looks like some decent party games, as well as a mix of single player, for fun (Keen), showcase (Another World), and torment (R-type).
A friend of mine hosts these sorts of things about 2 or 3 times a year, with around 10-16 people most of the time.
I haven’t got many photos, but the last one featured 8 player (on 8 consoles/lcd screens) Mario Kart DD, as well as some NBA jam, ps1 Micro Machines, Smash Brothers Brawl, a Neo Geo Mvs w/multicart, Goldeneye, Sega Rally w/racing wheels.
All of which were running on CRTs. About 8 of them go back into storage afterwards.
It’s always a blast to play these multi-player games. There is always much chaos, and good banter.
I’ll be pushing for some more “hardcore” content, with a mini tournament, or score attack.
A few years ago, another group of friends had a games Olympics day. It was structured in a round robin format, with events picked for being fair for all participants. There was about 50/50 male and female, and the trophies were awarded in pretty much the same split.
It was not entirely a video game event, but we had a smattering of them. Street fighter 2 (SNES), Bomberman '93 (PCE/Wii), and Pong (Atari emulated on Laptop).
Not surprisingly, the competition was fierce.
Other games were: Rock, paper, scissors (honestly the most sought after title on the day), Bocce/petanque, backyard Badminton, downball, Spit (card game, like competitive patience), Connect 4x4, and checkers.
Highly recommended for including nongamers, casuals, and significant others, but takes a bit of organising.