What Does Beer and Pretzels Mean?
Beer and pretzels is a slang term used to refer to a video game that is considered to be easy in terms of strategy and rules, but is still entertaining. Beer-and-pretzel games are designed to be completed in a short time (less than a day) and generally involve multiple players. These games get their name from the custom of drinking beer and eating pretzels while taking part in such games.
Beer-and-pretzel video games marked a sharp departure from the previous trend where games where getting longer and more immersive as technological capabilities increased. Immersive games still make up the majority of games produced, but beer-and-pretzel games have become a popular subgenre within gaming. Moreover, some immersive games have introduced beer-and-pretzel elements, so they can be enjoyed in groups or by a single player. These elements include time trails, mini-games, kill-count challenges, and so on.