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We game lovers have to stop and pause a few minutes to think about the best possible ways to spend Thanksgiving with play and fun on our minds. Sometimes our interests run a bit contrary to the mainstream, so it could be that an after dinner football game isn’t going to do it for us (taking the family to see Ender’s Game, though, maybe!).

One of my favorite Halloween memories as a kid was spending about six hours after dinner playing with my cousin on his Commodore 64.  He had a magazine with instructions for how to create a 4-bit (4-bit!!) Thanksgiving turkey, so of course we had to try.  The process involved entering line after line of code for about three hours.  Maybe four. We took turns.  Finally!  We got our reward: something mundanely easy to find on our current Internet.  Barely clip art.  So here’s a big thanks to progress in that department.

Times are a bit different now, so I’ve been wracking my brains for Thanksgiving activities relevant to 2013 and here’s what I’ve come up with…

The Prep

You’ll want to make the house autumnal , of course, and pumpkins and gourds are great for that purpose.  If you’re silly, print out pictures of your favorite video game characters and add pilgrim accessories and turkeys.  Quick, easy, no fuss, no muss.

If you want to show up in impressive gear, try a playful variation of this DIY turkey hat

The Party

Regarding food.  Everyone knows that playful people think out of the box, so feel free to toss the traditional meal for something you like better, like ground turkey lasagna… or swap the main course turkey for a turkey cake

Of course there’s got to be something gamer cool you can do with turkey…  a paper craft costume maybe?  Angry Bird?

You’ll also want music with dinner, so consider these awesome video game soundtracks….

The After Party

Turkey is full of tryptophan, an amino acid that is legendary for making us sleepy after the big Thanksgiving gorge.   So, make a big pot of coffee after dinner, and get ready for the real fun.  Start by showing everyone some get-in-the-mood videos, like this one:

If there are little ones around, try some Thanksgiving-themed games...

Then… you can put on a video game themed movie or invite everyone to pull out laptops and devices.  Or both. :-)

The After After Party

I say skip the 5am treks to Black Friday stores and just find some sales online.  Being trampled by fiendish shoppers does not feel good when you’re recovering from turkey coma.  Plus you’ve got leftovers in the fridge, so make yourself a turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich and pull your chair up to your favorite game.  With thanks, of course, for how the cool the world has become in the last couple of decades.

Tell us about your Thanksgiving!

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