It was a cold winter evening and Mark was preparing for his weekly PS game night with his best friend James. They had a tradition of getting together every Friday night for some quality gaming time and friendly competition.
As Mark set up the PS5 console and controllers in his living room, he glanced outside at the heavy snow falling. James would have to drive slowly and carefully to make it over tonight. Mark thought for a moment then had an idea to make their gaming time extra cozy and fun.
He went to the storage closet and pulled out a box of candles left over from Christmas. After placing them around the living room and lighting them, the room took on a warm, flickering glow. The candlelight created the perfect ambience for their game night ahead.
Just then the doorbell rang. Mark welcomed James in from the cold, taking his snow-dusted coat to hang up. As James entered the living room, his eyes lit up seeing the room aglow with candles.
“Wow, cool idea dude! This is awesome.” James said with a grin. The candles made the room feel so welcoming compared to the icy weather outside.
The two friends settled into the couch, controllers in hand. They browsed the latest co-op and versus games in Mark’s game library, debating which one to dive into first. James was immediately intrigued by a new medieval combat game while Mark lobbied for the latest retro-inspired platformer. After joking back and forth for a few minutes, they decided to alternate between the games throughout the night.
As they started playing, the candlelight flickered around them. Both Mark and James became completely absorbed in the games, focused and strategic, yet laughing together often. The candlelit room seemed to make everything more fun and engaging.
After a few intense versus matches, Mark paused the game. “Hey let’s take a break, I have something for you,” he said. He went to the kitchen and came back holding a gift bag.
“What’s this?” asked James with a surprised smile. Mark handed him the bag, “Just a little something for being an awesome friend all these years.”
James opened the gift to find a limited edition controller for their favorite retro game series. “No way, this is amazing!” James said. “Thank you so much, I love it!”
The two friends laughed and reminisced about their years of shared gaming memories as the candles slowly burned around them. Both were deeply grateful for nights like this – and each other’s friendship. They decided this new controller needed to be broken in immediately, so they jumped into another round, feeling happier than ever.
The candlelit room set the perfect mood, and the heartfelt gift made the night extra meaningful. For Mark and James, their PS game night tradition had become much more than just playing the latest games together. It was about cherishing friendship – and making new memories they’d someday reminisce about by candlelight.