Board Games: A Thing of the Past?

cranium.jpgWith all of this new-fangled technology, will there still be a place for board games in coming years? I sure hope so. There is a certain dynamic that is lost when people play in front of a television screen or a computer screen. It’s a very solitary process, really. Even if players are chatting with faceless users halfway across the world, that doesn’t mean they’re building personal relationships that will last.

Yes, I know. Despite the fact that this blog is undeniably about gaming, you probably now have me pegged as one of those highly offensive people who think anyone who spends any amount of time in front of a computer screen should rot in some kind of insanity ward. But that’s not it.

Over the thanksgiving break, I stayed at my boyfriend’s roommate’s (complicated, stick with me now) home because boyfriend and I are currently displaced by thousands of miles. We played many games there. Of course, we dabbled in four-man Halo battles (which turned into a “Let’s shoot Joy because she doesn’t know how to play!” fiasco) and even broke out the N-64 to play a rousing game of Mario Kart.

However, most of the time we played old-fashioned board games. The camaraderie that came from that was far better than the curse words that we flung at each other during Halo. Sure, there was competition, but, for the most part, we laughed at the silly answers people wrote down in Scattegories and allowed some decidedly questionable words to slip through the cracks in Scrabble.

Mostly, board games bring people together in a way that seems lacking in many video games. Don’t get me wrong–I love playing Mario Party with my family. But, for some reason, Cranium makes us laugh louder and more often. Until video games catches up with that sense of belonging, I’m not ready to chuck my Monopoly set just yet.

This was my generally long-winded way of saying that I’ll start covering games outside of the video game realm. They will not overtake the whole blog, mind you, or even a large portion.  Just an occasional post or two on those “old-school” games we used to play.  Like Mafia and the like.


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