People have spent hundreds of thousands of years using games as a distraction from life’s hardships, whether they at facing war, disease, financial stressors or just daily living. This fondness for games still exists and we see it every day. The main difference is we tend to see children and adults engaging in the modern video game past time more than in the classic board games or more traditional board games.
The love for games continues today. The animated figures, loud explosions, catchy music, and plotlines make the video games the big draw for modern society. The player can pretend to be in a completely different setting. The choice is still available to us, modern verses the classics, but which to choose? Consider this, if video games are so superior then why are there still board games being played, sold and sought after every single day?
You have invested in a video game system with a price tag of over $300. Your family is thrilled and they sit down to play. You have one, or two games and no accessories. They want more, they are growing bored. We need this new game, that new game, we need this accessory to play this game and that accessory to play another. The money continues to fly out of your wallet! Just when you think you have everything you need, oh wait, a new system on the market? Better graphics, more games, interactive, and yes, you are now considered obsolete. How many kept their Atari systems as a keepsake of the 70’s?
Over in the shelf is a chess board and backgammon game. Neither have needed upgrading and both provide us the opportunity for entertainment, enjoyment, to actually interact with another human being, and they force us to use strategic moves based on ‘thinking’ not how fast we can use a joystick. We can start a game, go for dinner and come back to play after wards without losing points based on time taken. Once you learn the rules of the game you can play anywhere and anytime. There are games for travel, electronic games so you can play solo and themed games specifically in the chess category that can allow you to transcend into another place or time in history.
The classic board game has stood the test of time. Thousands of years and billions of people have made the classics a family favorite. Their simplicity makes them popular. You can play checkers using a stick to draw a board, and shells and rocks to be your players. Can’t do that with a video game can you?
Games are always going to be a part of our days, a part of our lives. We currently have choices, and having options gives us variety. A Traditional board game like Monopoly that reflects some modern themes, a loud, spectacular video game or to sit and calculate your moves carefully during a game of chess. The classics are still in play for a reason. Standing the test of time, classic board games will always be a front runner when we look at simple forms of family fun and entertainment.